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LTE market facing confusion with 20 different spectrum bands

Next-generation LTE networks could be deployed in as many as 20 frequency bands, creating “a great deal of uncertainty” in the minds of mobile device component suppliers about which to support, according to a new Strategy Analytics report.

Microsofts Kin is a US240M failure

Microsoft’s failed Kin phone project has cost the company around US$240 million, according to a note in its latest earnings report released yesterday.

Apple app patent filing sparks controversy

Apple sparked controversy after it filed for mobile application patent which included images that bore more than a passing resemblance to a commercial product already available in its App Store.

AT&T to push Android and Palm smartphones

Number two US operator AT&T has announced plans to follow its rivals by supporting Google’s Android platform and Palm's webOS platform. AT&T plans to launch five Android devices during the first half of this year, including exclusive devices from HTC and Motorola. The most high-profile of the five is likely to be its decision to launch an exclusive Android device from Dell.

Vodafone opens up platform for third-party apps

Vodafone has opened up its billing platform for use by third-party developers in a bid to ramp up the number of applications available via its mobile Internet stores.

Report: Nokia’s Ovi Store to open with 20,000 apps

This month's expected launch of Nokia's Ovi Store will be the biggest application store debut to date, featuring a catalogue of 20,000 items, according to a Forbes report.

Microsoft to launch Windows Mobile apps market

Microsoft appears to be planning an applications 'marketplace' service for its Windows Mobile platform in an apparent attempt to compete with Apple's 'App Store' and Google's forthcoming 'Android Market.'

Analyst: Symbian, Android to merge open platforms

The Symbian and Google-backed Android mobile operating systems (OS) could be merged within the next six months to create a single open-source platform, an industry analyst has predicted.

Operators tout mobile Web apps framework

A group of mobile operators have created a framework designed to enable secure mobile Internet applications.

Microsoft lists prohibited apps for new store

Microsoft has published a formal list of application types that will be banned from its forthcoming 'Windows MarketPlace for Mobile' application store.

Nokia demos Ovi apps, eyes more acquisitions

Nokia today demonstrated new applications from its mobile Internet portal 'Ovi' and told Reuters it plans to make further acquisitions as it pushes its Internet services strategy.

T-Mobile UK unveils Android Market apps

T-Mobile UK has announced details of the first 50 applications available for free download from Android Market when the G1 device launches in the country on 30 October.

Reports: China Mobile preps proprietary mobile OS

China Mobile is understood to be working on its own proprietary mobile operating system and related mobile phone - known as the 'Ophone' - for launch soon, according to reports in the Chinese media.

AT&T pledges multiple mobile OS choice

AT&T has backtracked on comments made by a senior executive last week that suggested the US mobile operator could base all its future mobile devices on just one or two operating systems.

Apple’s Apps Store touts milestone

ITProPortal reports that Apple now offers more than 10,000 iPhone applications in its Apps Store and said users have downloaded more than 300 million applications since the store opened on July 11.

O2 launches app store

Pocket Gamer reports that O2 UK has officially launched its Litmus platform in the UK, providing an application store that allows developers to upload their apps and get feedback directly from users.

Samsung preps first Android phone for 2009

Samsung, the world's second-largest handset vendor, has confirmed it will launch its first device based on Google's Android platform this year.

Android offers paid-for apps

The Telegraph reports that  Google will ramp up its battle with Apple's iPhone this month after confirming plans to allow developers to charge users to download applications to mobiles powered by Google's 'Android' platform.

Report: Microsoft to unveil mobile apps in Barcelona

Microsoft is planning to launch a raft of new mobile products for its new Windows Mobile platform at next month's GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, reports Ars Technica.

RIM calls for apps for BlackBerry Storefront

Research In Motion (RIM) has begun accepting submissions from third-party developers for applications for its 'Storefront' BlackBerry applications store.