Alcatel-Lucent has acquired OpenPlug, a developer of mobile software and applications development tools, as part of its strategy to become the application development enabler of choice among its primary customer base – service providers.
Motorola is quietly stealing a march over Apple in the nascent but potentially huge Chinese apps market.
Sales of smartphones running Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system (OS) declined by 20 percent in the third quarter according to Gartner, despite a 13 percent increase in the total number of smartphone sales. Only 3.2 million smartphone units running the OS were sold in the third quarter, Gartner said, down from the 4.05 million units sold in the third quarter of 2008.
Operator keynotes at this morning’s GSMA Mobile Asia Congress called for an end to disparate application environments and hailed the Joint Innovation Lab (JIL) initiative as a potential saviour. “In the world of applications we’re missing what made mobile so successful; a common format instead of an array of islands,” warned Michael O’Hara, CMO of the GSMA.