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Microsoft goes social with new Kin devices

Microsoft last night unveiled ‘Kin’ – two new feature phones aimed at young, social networking consumers – in a strategy designed to improve its standing in the mobile sector. The software giant has worked closely with Japanese manufacturer Sharp on production of the two new devices, rather than concentrating on just developing the software (its usual business model).

Google reports strong Q1, talks mobile

Google executives touched on the company’s mobile strategy during its first quarter results call yesterday, when the Internet search giant posted a 37 percent rise in earnings and a 23 percent jump in revenue. For the period ended March 31, 2010, Google reported revenues of US$6.77 biilion, compared to US$5.51 billion in the year-ago quarter. Net income increased to US$1.96 billion from US$1.42 billion in the first quarter of 2009.

Microsoft in talks to buy mobile ad network

Microsoft is close to finalising a deal to buy US mobile advertising network Millennial Media say industry insiders, a strategy that mirrors recent moves by arch rivals Apple and Google.

Google backtracks on Nexus One strategy

Google has performed a u-turn on its strategy to sell its own-brand Android smartphone, the Nexus One. In a statement yesterday, the company announced that Vodafone will from this Friday start selling the device in the UK via its stores, online and over the phone.

Operator app initiative reveals plans

The Wholesale Applications Community (WAC) – a group established at this year’s GSMA Mobile World Congress with the goal of creating an open international applications platform – today set out its planned key milestones for the year ahead. The beginning of July will see the group officially unveil its business model and management, as well as its technical strategy….

1GOAL launches worlds biggest ever mobile campaign

1GOAL – an initiative aimed at ensuring every child in the world has the opportunity to go to school by 2015 – officially launched today, adding Telefonica and a number of World Cup footballers to its list of backers.

Google splashes US68.2M on VoIP firm

Google is on the acquisition trail again, this time planning to buy Norwegian Internet telephony firm Global IP Solutions (GIPS) in a deal that will push the Californian company further into direct competition with Skype and traditional telecom operators.

Google strengthens push into mobile and TV

Google used its annual I/O Developer Conference in San Francisco yesterday to unveil new updates to its Android platform, a new acquisition, an alliance with Sony and the launch of Google TV. On the mobile side, Google announced Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo) that includes WiFi hotspot functionality, support for Adobe Flash within the Android browser, and what it says are “improvements” to the Android Market application store.

Samsungs first bada phone goes on sale in Europe

Samsung has launched its new ‘Wave’ smartphone – the first to run its new proprietary mobile operating system, bada – in Europe today. The device (pictured) will launch initially in the UK, France and Germany with Vodafone announced as the UK distributor. Further launches are set to follow in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and Africa, and Latin America.

Google adds search support for mobile apps

Google has added to its mobile search service for users of Android and iPhone handsets with links to the devices’ application download services, notes v3.co.uk.