UK fixed-line incumbent BT has launched a new mobile app that will allow its broadband customers to automatically connect their smartphones to the firm’s nationwide Wi-Fi network. The ‘BT FON’ app is available to customers that own an iPhone or Android phone and is downloadable free of charge via the respective app stores, Apple’s App Store or Google’s Android Market.
GSMA Targets Apple iOS Developers with New Macworld Mobile Developer Conference
Microblogging site Twitter says that mobile use of its services “jumped 62 percent since mid-April," with 46 percent of active users regularly accessing via mobile, driven by the availability of official Twitter apps for platforms including Android, BlackBerry and iOS. In total, Twitter now has more than 145 million registered users.
Mobile World Congress to Host Macworld Mobile to Address Apple iOS Developer Community
Bloomberg reports that app developers are beginning to embrace Android despite the limited potential for short-term revenue growth, in order to be well positioned as the platform gains traction in the coming months.
Research In Motion (RIM) is rumoured to have acquired DataViz for US$50 million, developers of a document viewing application that has been preloaded on BlackBerrys for the last few years.
Jimmy Wales – founder of Wikipedia, one of the most popular websites in the world – believes mobile apps may finally give news providers a successful way of charging for digital content.
Apple used its media event in San Francisco today to provide official updates on its app store offering, whilst the vendor also upgraded its TV service but appeared reluctant to join industry momentum uniting such services with apps. In just over two years since launch, Apple’s App Store has created a new business model for the mobile industry and now boasts 250,000 apps on offer and more than 6.5 billion downloads (that’s 200 apps every second)...
Mobile browser company Skyfire has submitted a mobile browser to Apple’s App Store which it says is “capable of playing Flash video while adhering to all Apple’s guidelines regarding HTML5 open-video standards on Apple devices”.
Stock analysis startup Trefis believes Nokia’s acquisition of mobile Web analytic service Motally could improve the Finnish vendor’s Ovi store and app offering, in turn boosting its stock price and halting the firm’s overall decline.