Archive of the Mobile Apps Category

CES: Nokia CEO stresses need to democratize the smartphone

LAS VEGAS – Nokia’s (NYSE:NOK) goal, through a combination of good business and doing good, is to put mobile phones in the hands of the 2.2 billion people (out of 6.8 billion total) in the planet that still lack a mobile subscription, Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo told CES attendees in his keynote presentation today. The usually humble handset maker used the keynote to showcase how it is changing lives across the world with basic mobile phones and Nokia’s Life Tools. more

CES: Samsung vows to collect one million phones

LAS VEGAS – Samsung Mobile has vowed to collect more than one million mobile phones before the end of the year as part of its eco-conscious wireless push. Chief marketing officer Paul Golden outlined Samsung’s green plans at a CES press conference today, building on the handset maker’s news of the week, which included the first DVR-capable mobile phone and demos of devices running on LTE. more

Google links Android, search and Adwords – ready to monetize voice


Google today launched yet another way for monetizing its new mobile and telecom efforts — charging its AdWords advertisers for clicks on phone numbers in location-specific mobile ads, essentially creating a new “pay-per-call” revenue stream to join its core business of “pay-per-click” ad impressions.

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Twitter vs. Telecom: Friend or Foe? (Video)

Interesting video today courtesy of Jeff Pulver’s blog and his recent 140 Character conference, with Amdocs’ Chief Scientist, Tal Givoly discussing the role that traditional service providers can play on the social Web. more

Will Google subsidize apps, services on Nexus One?

Tomorrow is Google-phone day, and the question of the day seems to be: will Google make its Android offering just a little more appealing by adding — and more importantly subsidizing — specialty apps like streaming music player Spotify into the Android OS. more

Flurry takes holistic approach to mobile with comScore

Just weeks after mobile application analytics company Flurry Analytics announced its merger with Pinch Media, the newly formed company today forged a partnership with mobile and PC-based Web analysis house comScore. The two companies will combine comScore’s mobile panel data with Flurry’s mobile app usage data, which covers 80% of iPhones, Android and BlackBerry devices. more

Reading the Google Nexus One tea leaves

The “Google-Phone” — now officially dubbed the Nexus One — looks to be announced next week in partnership with T-Mobile — the Web is adrift with news and rumors, including look-and-feel, availability and even pricing. Here’s our best take on what this important milestone means:

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IBM says Google won’t win enterprise (but what about telecom?)

Interesting and provocative quote from IBM CEO Sam Palmisano (from a Barron’s interview via ReadWriteWeb.com, essentially claiming that Google — in particular Google cloud services — have no chance to win in the enterprise.

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Best of 2009: Connected Planet staffs’ favorite mobile apps

In addition to our mobile phones, in 2009 we were addicted to:

  •  Real mobile browsers – starting with iPhone but by year end available on most smartphones (though Blackberry and WinMo browsers still lag) – Editor in Chief Rich Karpinski
  •  Google Goggles – Executive News Editor Ed Gubbins
  •  Seafood Watch – Is the tuna that looks so good at the supermarket actually endangered? – Senior Editor Kevin Fitchard
  •  Words with Friends on the iPhone 3G. It’s not groundbreaking; just free Scrabble on your phone. It has made an honest Scrabbler out of me. – Associate News Editor Sarah Reedy

More favorites from our smartphone holdouts after the break… more

Carrier billing — a telco place in the smartphone sun?

Mobile operators, like their wireline brethren beside them, live in fear of one thing: being relegated to network pipes while others — device makers, OS providers, app makers — collect money working “over-the-top.” This certainly appears to be happening in the case of AT&T and Apple with the iPhone, but some interesting research emerged today that could tell a different story on Android devices. more

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