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 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.
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.
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 – 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 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 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.
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.