The former and current CEOs of Qualcomm – Irwin and Paul Jacobs, respectively – fired a warning shot to operators this week during their appearance at CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment, declaring that femtocells and other methods of increasing the density of radio networks will be key to future success.
Computer-manufacturer Dell – on a mission to make a name for itself in the mobile space – has reportedly won a deal to supply Android-powered handsets to US operator AT&T. The Wall Street Journal claims that Dell is expected to launch the phone in the US next year, its first dive into the country’s competitive mobile market. AT&T is the second-largest US mobile operator and exclusive provider of Apple’s iPhone.
Amazon today announced that its high-profile Kindle e-reader (pictured, left) will be available outside of the US from October 19. In a statement, Amazon touted the launch to more than 100 countries, priced at US$279. The Kindle Store offers over 200,000 English-language books, typically priced less than physical editions.
Adobe has sought to play down the lack of compatibility between its video-enabling software, Flash, and Apple’s iPhone by devising a way to translate its code to run on the high-profile device. Yesterday Adobe announced that it will introduce a tool that lets computer programmers easily convert software applications that they write in the Flash programming language to code that will work on the iPhone.
Reports this week state that Verizon Wireless – the largest US operator – will get its hands on an Android-powered Motorola device next week. Last month US regulator, the Federal Communications Commission, confirmed it approved a Motorola device known as Sholes as part of the organisation’s testing procedures.
India’s Bharti and South Africa’s MTN have cancelled their US$23 billion merger plans for the second time in two years, with Bharti blaming the South African government for the collapse. “Bharti and MTN have decided to disengage from their discussions when the exclusivity period ends on September 30, 2009,” Bharti said in a statement yesterday.