Nokia's Ovi Store has officially hit 3 million downloads per day.
The Finnish mobile phone maker attributed the new milestone to higher global demand for its apps and new smartphones sporting the more user-friendly Symbian 3 operating system.
In late September, Nokia began shipping its N8 smartphone, its first to run under Symbian 3, followed a couple of weeks later by the second Symbian 3 phone, the C7. The new version of Symbian has brought with it a greater variety of new apps in the Ovi Store.
Nokia has also been working hard to lure in more developers. In … Read more
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak thinks that the iPhone is tops in overall quality but also that when all's said and done, Google's Android platform will reign supreme in the mobile market.
"The Apple phone has very few weaknesses," Wozniak was reported as saying to Netherlands newspaper De Telegraaf in an interview (translation) posted today. "When it comes to quality, the iPhone is leading."
The newspaper also quotes Wozniak as saying, however, that "Android phones have more features" and deliver more buying options for those who don't want to be limited to … Read more
Hewlett-Packard is now offering an unlocked GSM version of the Palm Pre 2 on its site.
For $449.99, customers can buy the smartphone, which features a 3.1-inch multitouch display, HP's WebOS 2.0, multitasking, and QuickOffice Connect Mobile Suite. It also comes with a 5-megapixel camera and a 1GHz processor. According to HP, the device is currently in stock and will ship within 24 hours.
Verizon Wireless is reportedly looking at new pricing models for its 4G network, and one option is to charge based on data speeds.
In a Wall Street Journal interview, Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg said the company's Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network opens up a bevy of pricing options. Verizon hasn't set any formal pricing plans, but options look like this:
Charge by data speeds. Pay based on what you consume, or tiered data pricing. Some mix of both formats.
Meanwhile, Verizon didn't completely rule out unlimited plans either. Seidenberg indicated that the company is working … Read more
The good news for Android is that it's flexible enough to reach many corners of the smartphone market. The bad news is that this can mean headaches for programmers--as the top-ranked game Angry Birds illustrated today.
Angry Birds developer Rovio Mobile has announced that it's going to create a second version of its flagship game for lower-end Android devices after finding "severe performance issues."
"With our latest update, we worked hard to bring Angry Birds to even more Android devices. Despite our efforts, we were unsuccessful in delivering optimal performance," the Angry Birds developer … Read more
The world's largest mobile phone network operators today revealed an effort to expand the GSM wireless communications technology to navigation devices, cameras, handheld gaming systems, music players, and more starting in 2012.
The GSM Association, the consortium overseeing the widely used mobile phone network technology, said a task force of members including AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone, China Mobile, and Deutsche Telekom has begun working on adapting SIM cards so they can be embedded in many more devices than phones. SIM cards are small, removable chips that provide phones an identity on GSM wireless networks, but the embedded SIM will be more an intrinsic part of devices and will be able to be activated remotely, the GSMA said.
GSM technology began its life as a technology for phone calls, but with today's 3G and just-arriving LTE incarnations, it's used for data transfer as well. The embedded SIM effort signals a further growth of the GSM lineage beyond just voice needs.
So far, SIM cards haven't made it far beyond mobile phones, though some tablets such as the iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab and some laptops include them. But it's easy to see why mobile phone network operators would be interested: mobile connectivity is ever more important, Wi-Fi networks are an incomplete patchwork, WiMax at least thus far hasn't lived up to its promise of bathing large areas with network access, and there's abundant subscription money to be made in connecting new devices to the Net.
"As our industry moves from connecting phones to connecting a wide range of devices, it is apparent that the embedded SIM could deliver even greater flexibility," GSMA Chief Executive Rob Conway said in a statement.
One trick will be to get new devices onto wireless networks without overtaxing the networks even more.… Read more
NEW YORK--If you've ever been frustrated using a voice activated customer agent or have scratched your head while reading an unintelligible voice-to-text message, AT&T says help is on the way.
The company, which has invested more than one million research hours over the past 20 years in speech and language recognition technology, says that it's developed technologies that will not only make these traditional voice activated services more accurate but will extend voice activation to other modes of communication.
Earlier this week, AT&T Labs researchers showed off some of the technologies they've been … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--The iPad and other tablets might be the future for a lot of media, but Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said in a panel discussion at the Web 2.0 Summit this afternoon that the tablet craze affects his company's strategy "very little."
"People prefer large screens," Hastings said. "So the impact of Xbox, PS3, the Wii phenomenon--huge impact. The impact of the iPad--it's a great system, but the Mac laptops outstrip the iPad for Netflix viewing by a huge factor." Long-form video viewing does not translate that well to mobile platforms, … Read more
LTE received another teammate in the tug-of-war between WiMax and 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) technology yesterday when Cellular South announced its intentions today to build out a 4G mobile broadband network.
The regional carrier has declared that it will build out its spectrum in the lower 700 MHz band, but not anytime soon, unlike Verizon. Cellular South has the calendar circled for the fourth quarter of 2011.
In addition to sharing its 4G ambitions, Cellular South has also unveiled Samsung as its launch partner. The two companies penned a deal yesterday that will bring two Samsung smartphones to Cellular … Read more
Panasonic is planning to make a comeback with its smartphones outside of Japan in 2012. This is after the Japanese consumer electronics giant pulled out of the overseas mobile phone markets in 2006.
The devices, which will run on Google's Android mobile operating system, will feature networking capabilities with other Panasonic products. The Japanese firm will sell its smartphones in Japan next year before making inroads to overseas markets in 2012.
"We misjudged the speed at which smartphones would be taken up in the Japanese market," Panasonic's head of mobile communications, Osamu Waki, said at a … Read more