FirstNews Briefs for October 21, 2011
• Basis International says Research In Motion has stolen its BBX trademark for the BlackBerry operating system. “We have thousands of product licenses installed worldwide with the 'BBX' prefix that run on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and other proprietary UNIX OSs from IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and SUN, with mobile clients running Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows Mobile,"Basis CEO Nico Spence said in a statement. “We are fielding numerous customer inquiries voicing their confusion about the RIM announcement."Basis has taken unspecified legal action over the issue.
• Sprint's first Android-based smartphone for its Direct Connect push-to-talk service will hit Oct. 23. The Motorola Admiral will cost about $100 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year contract. The ruggedized device has a 1.2 GHz processor, 3.1-inch touchscreen and a qwerty keyboard.
• Zoove, which offers star-star numbers for mobile marketing, has raised $5 million in funding from Rogers Ventures, the venture capital arm of Canadian operator Rogers Communications. The new investment comes shortly after Zoove's $15 million Round D funding last month. Zoove will use the cash to expand its business in the United States.
• Cricket has begun selling the ZTE Memo in its retail stores and will soon offer the device online. The $100 bar-style quick messaging device has a qwerty keyboard, 2-megapixel camera and an MP3 player.
• Video chat provider ooVoo has expanded its service to more than 200 Android smartphones, including models from Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG and Lenovo and VIZIO tablets. The service has more than 30 million users worldwide.