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BBC pushes mobile app strategy

UK broadcaster BBC is set to launch two applications for news and sport that will make it easier for smartphone users in the UK to access the broadcaster’s content on their handsets, said Erik Huggers, the BBC’s director of future media and technology, at today’s keynote conference session on mobile entertainment.

LiMo aligns itself with apps fight-back

The LiMo Foundation – the consortium behind mobile OS LiMO – has announced the imminent availability of its new R3 platform, new LiMo handsets (from ELSE, NEC and Panasonic Mobile Communications) and new members including ELSE and Adobe.

AT&T CTO: Forecasts for mobile data need rethink

With an increasing number of operators experiencing unprecedented growth in data traffic, the CTO of AT&T Wireless, John Donovan, has said that the traditional model for forecasting mobile data growth is dead.

Skype drops Windows Mobile and Skype Lite

ZDNet notes that Skype has announced it is pulling Skype for Windows Mobile phones and Skype Lite for Java handsets, including Android.

LiMo Foundation allies with operator app initiative

Mobile Linux platform group the LiMo Foundation has sought to align itself with the recently established Wholesale Applications Community, claiming that both initiatives share “belief in true openness.”

Nokia first to sign up to Skype for Symbian

VoIP firm Skype today announced further details on last month’s news that it will provide a client for smartphones which run on Symbian, the world’s dominant smartphone operating system. Nokia is the first handset vendor to support the client, stating that it is now downloadable for free from its Ovi Store.

Microsoft launches its first Android app

The BBC reports that Microsoft has developed its first application for Google’s Android platform.

Windows Phone 7 won’t run current mobile apps

Ahead of its MIX10 developer conference in Las Vegas next week, Microsoft executive Charlie Kindel has revealed that the company’s forthcoming new mobile operating system (OS) – Windows Phone 7 Series – will not support any existing applications written for older versions of Microsoft’s phone software.

BBC defends mobile apps move

New Media Age reports that the BBC has dismissed critics who have questioned the public value of its plans to launch mobile apps

Study: Mobile apps revenue to hit US17.5B by 2012

The global market for mobile applications is forecast to reach US$17.5 billion in the next two years, according to a new report commissioned by GetJar, the world’s second largest app store