Wireless Data News Blog
Jun. 15th, 2007
- Location-aware applications are growing - from retail shopping to improving commercial navigation maps and sharing them to point/click search to displaying (globally collected) local info on a giant wall screen in real time - and with more ways to get the location including improved Wi-Fi fix.
- Wibree merges into Bluetooth as a low-power variant.
- Boingo roams into community-based network.
- Inline advertising now comes to mobile messaging and mobile video.
- Sprint combines iDEN/walkie-talkie and CDMA.
- New touch based phone from HTC is introduced. Meanwhile while both SonyEricsson and Nokia introduce enhanced multimedia phones they now keep in mind that lower price and enterprise functionality (like e-mail access) are important for consumers - in same way as multimedia can be important for enterprise.
- Palm joins other vendor and introduces Internet companion device (and gets more money to implement that strategy) - while Sony PSP is becoming such a device (they btw cost just €98 in Finland now, funny price).
- More better cheap reliable push e-mail solutions.
- Livescribe provides way to capture simultaneous pen and audio input on the go. Nice way to collect your thoughts and impressions.
May. 18th, 2007
05:00 pm - Wireless Data News - May 12 to 18
- Motorola showcases new phone models that are nice but just an evolution of previous ones - while manufacturers in China are really creative with such things as fingerprint-enabled and solar-powered mobile phones.
- More color e-ink screens - and 8Gb microSD cards.
- AOL authorizes mobile payments by IM.
- New players in enterprise mobile VoIP - Microsoft and SAP.
May. 11th, 2007
05:00 pm - Wireless Data News - May 5 to 11
- A lot of mobile related Java/J2ME announcements
- Helio Ocean double slider now shipping
- Cognos offers mobile business intelligence
May. 4th, 2007
- NFC is to be unified.
- Some carriers/Internet providers are not afraid of independent integrators like FON anymore.
- RIM is now supplying separately innovative phones, client software and server software and is providing worldwide-capable phones.
- More and more innovatively looking and working terminals including gps receivers on sim cards.
- Microsoft buys more into mobile.
- More and more local and global flat-rate offerings, and they become more and more popular.
Apr. 20th, 2007
- Nokia introduces simple and powerful S60-based HSDPA phone. Also company pushes rich web applications on mobile devices, especially in S60 browser.
- Intel joins Nokia by introducing its' own tablet Linux-based Mobile Internet Device.
- u-blox now is producing devices that use a combination of GPS and dead reckoning data that counters the respective disadvantages of each approach. Thus accurate position is provided in tunnels, indoor parking facilities, roofed logistics centers, urban canyons and any other environment where obstructed GPS signals hinder positioning.
- Etelos allows web applications to be run in offline mode with seamless synchronization.
Apr. 13th, 2007
05:00 pm - Wireless Data News - April 6 to 13
- More and more carriers offer mobile search with found content being downloadable - and with queries entered by making a camera snapshot.
- Device vendors, carriers/portals and technology providers partner and merge to be able to offer competitive applications - SanDisk/Yahoo!, Sun Microsystems/SavaJe Technologies, NextWave Wireless/IPWireless, Benefon/GeoSolutions and Comcast/Fandango.
- Mobile payment, banking and credit applications continue to appear on a global scale
Apr. 5th, 2007
- Nokia Siemens Networks has just started - but already announced an innovative deal to host Blyk MVNO.
- Turkcell deployed mobile signature.
- You can use your mobile on Everest now.
- Advanced innovative handsets from HTC and Helio - while Nokia offers full-fledged multimedia for almost nothing.
- J2ME is now a professional development platform and is not just for games.
- Mobile banking will be as common as online banking already this year - and the trend is supported by Mastercard and Visa.
- Microsoft shows itself as an innovative mobile company.
- Now there are multiple providers of freely hosted push e-mail for everyone.
Mar. 23rd, 2007
- Wireless data terminal in jet fighter? No problem.
- US Carriers now offer reasonably priced LBS from TeleNav.
- VSearch - new targeted ad platform - receives customer's voice as wireless data and does server recognition.
- Iridium is now used as low-priced global wireless data provider.
Mar. 16th, 2007
- CeBIT is virtually dead - from mobile applications point of view at least.
- Opera is turning more and more into mobile portal company.
- Microsoft has bought into voice-enabled mobile applications.
Mar. 9th, 2007
05:00 pm - Wireless Data News - March 3 to 9
- City-wide public wireless network deployed in Oulu, Finland.
- More advanced UMPC announced shortly before CEBIT.
- Nokia now hosts mobile advertising services for 3rd parties. With such a global offering company is for real moving into service provider business.
Mar. 2nd, 2007
- Verizon starts Qualcomm-based mobile TV broadcasting.
- Citi provides mobile payment pilot.
Feb. 26th, 2007
- A lot of new smartphones were announced by all major players at 3GSM - and features are quite similar (even for former messaging-centered devices like Ogo and Blackberry). So the time now is be different in services offered by default - and to make money there. Ways are to partner with major portal providers and at the same time to offer own (open to developers and 3rd parties) applications. Seems that now support for Windows mobile and Nokia's Series 60 is taken for granted (including VoIP applications).
- Meanwhile small middleware suppliers (like e.g. Berkut and First Hop) are not just providing cheaper versions of standard stuff (like SMS center) but are also offering innovative premium applications. Could that be a reason behind LogicaCMG getting rid of its' SMS center division?
- Google starts to provide corporate push e-mail.
- Boingo offers cheap flat-rate WiFi for mobiles.
- mdog.com transcoding is now good enough for Wall Street Journal Online.
- Opera 9 goes mobile.
Feb. 9th, 2007
- Quite a torrent of pre-announcements for 3GSM - and I have selected only real important ones so probably makes sense to read this issue fully. Meanwhile you can keep yourself fully educated during next week - thanks to free service from Telecoms.com in conjunction with Picsel. To register at the event when you are in Spain text PICSEL to 7780 or +44 7797 801696 if you are using international roaming services.
- VimpelCom is targeting an Ogo-based push service in Russia at the segment that is normally targeted by Blackberry.
- Ericsson uses fuel-powered basestations in India.
- Femto cells are here now - including nice one from Ericsson.
- And quite a lot of exciting location-related news, especially for developers. SiRF announces low-power cheap indoors-capable chipset. Benefon sells an amount of gps-enabled phones that is big enough to start to target it as a development platform. Nokia provides fruits of its' Gate5 acquisition - for free. And that wordwide-capable mapping/navigation software supports on-device development APIs.
- Soon a combined mobile phone/rollup eInk reader will be available - but only in Italy.
Feb. 2nd, 2007
- NTT DoCoMo offers flat rate data.
- u-blox offers gps that can be easily embedded into any mobile phone, is compatible with Galileo and works indoors.
- In case you have not yet noticed, DEMO conference just proved that mobile Web 2.0 has arrived. It's a potential paradise for both consumers and developers - multi-user collaboration, AJAX applications on your mobile phone, customizable and expandable mobile web sites, free ad-supported mapping services and universal vpn access. Visitors' tracking is provided as well.
Jan. 26th, 2007
- Valimo Wireless now offers a generic mobile digital signature software for SIM card deployment. That could give a real boost to mobile commerce and related applications that could be safely run on any current GSM phone.
- LiMo Foundation is launched to promote mobile Linux. Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, and Vodafone are there for now.
- New York City to add mobile photo- and video-sending capabilities for 9-1-1 calls. Now that is an important mass-scale mobile application.
- It is interesting to evaluate business models used by mobile portals to get income. Some, like 30 Second Software, are changing a commission from retailers for presenting their stuff. Some, like Moderati, charge carriers and carriers are supposedly receiving their share through increased data traffic and in some cases from subscription fees. And some, like mdog.com, are providing everything for free - so like landline portals and services (think e.g. Google and Skype) are relying on getting critical user mass for now and later adding premium services, starting to provide advertising and trying - via e.g. partnerships - to get something from sites that benefit from the service existence. We will see in couple years whether there'll be any major new entrants or whether old guys like existing portals have everything in mobile as well.
Jan. 19th, 2007
- More and more mobile phones with touch screen-only interface. Now LG and Samsung have joined, and many more promised.
- Transactional transcoding engines for mobile web are all the rage - both with proprietary J2ME clients (Opera Mini style) and ones suitable for standard phone browsers.
- Symbian enables Posix for developers.
- CSR promises GPS in every phone.
Jan. 12th, 2007
- Quite a lot of announcements during CES but not so many interesting ones related to mobile. Yahoo! strongly advances its' mobile push. Skype says that it will sincerely work on mobile networks only when there will be an era of flat rate data and meanwhile confirms that on 3 it is working on phone through voice channel.
- Visa launches mobile payment platform.
- And a lot of new device announcements. Of notice - new model from OQO, a pioneer in pocketable Windows-capable PCs. New music phones from Motorola. New Windows-based UMTS Treo 750 - though with roughly same capabilities as previous ones. Phone-embeddable projectors from Microvision. Updated versions of N7x and N9x phones from Nokia - plus new Internet tablet N800 that has videophone camera, two SD slots and is not fast enough to support Skype.
- And - finally - Apple iPhone. Essentially - a nicely designed music player with which you will not miss your phone calls. Nothing less, not much more and not really expandable for now. I'd not buy one but I look at it from phone side. Oh, yes - and you do not need a stylus, but e.g. Nokia Internet Tablet provides a similar finger-based player interface.
- Meanwhile mdog.com, featured in previous issue, now offers not only blog-posting but also access to transaction sites such as eBay and MySpace. Probably their transaction engine is good, at least it works for me.
Jan. 5th, 2007
- Web site mdog.com claims that its' transcoding capabilities allow to blog directly on all major blogging sites from any mainstream mobile phone browser. Will be interesting to really test - Livejournal is included.
- It's now possible to use Yahoo! local search for in-car real-time navigation.
- CES is on next week - check a generic list of exhibitor profiles to get a rough understanding of what will be on offer. John Dvorak though thinks that noting substantially new will be announced. I hope that he's wrong.
Dec. 29th, 2006
- Banner ads on mobile sites are now to be as ubiquitous as on desktops - Verizon has joined the game.
- FON to distribute thousands of their routers for free - soon with Torrent p2p built-in.
Dec. 22nd, 2006
- More Skype-capable stand-alone phones - now from Linksys and with iPhone brand.
- A lot of innovations from Samsung - a phone with mouse-like control, a promise of built-in Opera browser for future phone models and a phone that supports real-time traffic service via T-DMB broadcasts.
- MySpace goes mobile on big scale.
- Nokia's NFC division turns into a separate company.
Dec. 15th, 2006
- Wireless broadband networks are being deployed in Lebanon and Russia. The one in Moscow is claimed to be the second biggest in the world.
- SK Telecom is to deploy UWB worldwide.
- Skype now works on Windows Mobile Smartphones.
Dec. 8th, 2006
- DECT is now finally can be used for Net access
- Motorola and Samsung introduce four new innovative multimedia smartphones.
- Edgetech enters Russia with cheap keyboard/browser/Bluetooth-enabled pocket device.
- Agere Systems introduces multimedia phone platform for under $30.
- Socialight lets mobile phone users exchange location-tagged content via SMS/WAP interface.
- Palm buys back PalmOS.
Dec. 1st, 2006
- 3 announced X-Series pricing. For just 5 pounds per month you can make unlimited Skype calls. Question is though whether it also includes the related voice minutes' cost - as service is not direct Skype but is provided by a iSkoot client.
- LogicaCMG announced the latest version of its' SMSC. Now it provides a lot of Internet stuff as well - including IM services.
- XScale CPUs are still alive and developing.
- Motorola launched a cheap nice phone in India - with simple functionality and eInk display.
- Opera Mini is now in version 3 and supports SSL.
- User videos - including ones from YouTube - are now available on mobiles.
Nov. 24th, 2006
- GSM carriers are to push NFC.
- Nokia provides a mobile network solution that lets operators control the use of network resources by bandwidth hungry P2P applications.
- Widespread home broadband access opens a market for a lot of consumer-friendly stand-alone devices that utilize the bandwidth - from IP phones to advanced picture frames.
- Berggi company launched to offer flat-rate push e-mail/IM access for any J2ME-capable (or even WAP-capable) phone.
Nov. 17th, 2006
- Singapore nationwide Wi-Fi initiative started.
- 3 announced unlimited data plans while actively promoting using bandwidth-hungry applications like Skype and Sling. Full support of such a functionality is promised at least on Nokia N73 and the Sony Ericsson W950i. That means meanwhile that Skype for Symbian is ready.
- Skype meanwhile actively promotes using the service on Wi-Fi enabled portable devices - together with FON.
- Samsung and Cingular offer nice-looking Windows Mobile-based phone.
- QUALCOMM announces phone chipset with 1Ghz cpu and 600Mhz dsp. Powerful phones to arrive soon.
- Sun open-sources Java. Means - among other things - realistic hope for a J2ME platform highly compatible among different mobile platforms.
- Motorola acquires Good Technology and thus becomes a major player in push e-mail field.
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