Ending weeks of speculation, Apple last night unveiled its 9.7-inch touchscreen tablet computer called the ‘iPad.’ The device, which looks like a large iPhone, can be used to watch films, play games, browse the Web and is also set to take on Amazon’s Kindle in the e-reader market.
In the first of a series of in-depth Focus articles, Mobile Apps Briefing profiles a company that touts itself as “the world’s leading developer and distributor of mobile applications,” specialising in mobilising content for publishers and media companies.
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.