Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain officially kicked off today. Here's a look at announcements coming out of the first day of the show, inlcuding news from Nexmo, Ruckus Wireless, Keynote, Boingo, and Telit Wireless Solutions. Stay tuned for more!
How's this for gall? Take away hundreds of dollars in subsidies that cellphone customers have enjoyed for years. Then pass it off as an improvement. The major U.S. wireless companies are doing just that. And many of their customers seem to like it.
AT&T said today that it has expanded its international LTE footprint to now include Spain, France, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, Guam, Hong Kong and Antigua & Barbuda. The company had previously announced roaming in Canada and the UK.
Nokia introduced three new low-cost smartphones—the Nokia X, X+ and XL—that are based on Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and look like modified Windows Phones. As rumored, Nokia took the Android plunge at Mobile World Congress with a trio of colorful dual-SIM handsets that start at approximately $122.
Following on a busy Mobile World Congress last year, Mozilla is again showcasing the evolution of its Firefox OS in Barcelona. The company has announced a 4.5-inch dual-core reference phone, as well as a number of new tools for developers to create and test their designs for the Web-based mobile platform.
SanDisk Corporation today announced the next generation of its iNAND Extreme embedded flash drive. Showing up so far in capacities up to in 64GB, iNAND Extreme presents a new architecture designed to optimize performance on smartphones under more and more pressure from muscular processors, high-resolution cameras and strenuous applications like 4K video.
The introduction of any new technology is almost always fraught with quirks and rough edges. When VHS and BetaMax first came out, snarled tape and long rewind times were to be expected. When CDs were first released, skipping on the new players was par for the course. Such is the case with mobile payments.
Just three years ago, the name Facebook might have been filed under “Web-based” social networking service, conjuring pictures of a Facebook homescreen displayed on a desktop PC. Things have changed. It has most definitely taken Facebook awhile to realize its potential as a "mobile-first" company.
T-Mobile Wednesday announced a new side project with the launch of a personal finance and mobile payments service. The company calls the new project Mobile Money by T-Mobile. The service includes a combination of smartphone money management applications designed for use with a re-loadable T-Mobile Visa Prepaid Card.
GlobalFoundries, a semiconductor foundry, today announced that its board hired Sanjay Jha as its new CEO. Jha was formerly CEO of Motorola's handset division prior to the smarpthone maker being bought by Google. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer for Qualcomm.
Sitting around at home over the holidays is no longer about playing pinochle with Aunt Gertie. People now have smartphones, and a bevy of time-killing apps installed on them to while away the hours.App analytics firm Flurry today released...
What would a Black Friday report be if it didn't compare iOS and Android? According to IBM's Black Friday Benchmark report, Apple iOS traffic reached 28.2 percent of all online traffic, compared to 11.4 percent for Android, and iOS sales reached 18.1 percent of all online sales, compared to 3.5 percent for Android.
Groupon Inc. whittled its losses during the third quarter, but weak revenue growth underscored the challenges facing the online daily deal service as it tries to morph into a more comprehensive destination for Internet bargain hunters. As part of its expansion efforts, Groupon announced Thursday...
As consumers flock to the mobile web en masse over the next few months, not only will companies — particularly those in online retail and travel — experience more mobile web traffic, but traffic spikes will also become more unpredictable.
Verizon CEO Dan Mead encouraged a “really candid” discussion when he hosted a Mobile Commerce Panel Wednesday at MobileCon. Joining him onstage was Isis CEO Michael Abbott CEO Isis, American Express Group President for Enterprise Growth Dan Schulman and Jamba Juice CEO James White.
CTIA today announced its 38-member board at its final standalone MobileCon conference in San Diego. CTIA is in the process of transitioning from 2 shows a year to just one Super Mobility week. The first edition of that event will be held in Sept. of next year in Las Vegas.
Isis and Jamba Juice have announced a tasty partnership to jumpstart usage of Isis’s NFC Mobile Wallet: one million free smoothies. "Jamba Juice is committed to supporting new and existing customers in an ultra-mobile retail world," Jamba Juice CEO James White said in a statement.
The Wireless History Foundation (WHF) Tuesday celebrated 30 years of wireless, while honoring four individuals with a place in the wireless hall of fame. The event attracted a considerable constituency from the wireless industry, including the CEOs of Sprint, AT&T Mobility and Verizon.
Mobile advertising firm Millennial Media says it has recieved regulatory approval of its acquistion of Jumptap from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Millennial described the review of the deal by the FTC as "quick and orderly" and the companies are now confident the transaction will be completed.
App Analytics firm Flurry has appointed Bob Komin as Chief Financial Officer. The company also announced that its reach has crossed 1.2 billion unique monthly smartphone and tablet devices. Most recently, Komin comes off a stint as CFO at Ticketfly and previously as COO and CFO at Linden Labs.
Sprint is eliminating about 800 customer service jobs because fewer people are calling its centers, the company said Tuesday. With growth in other parts of the business, however, Sprint said it expects the company's work force to remain at about 40,000...
A new survey from AOL, in conjunction with the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science, says mobile advertising is very effective, with iPads leading in-home conversions. According to the survey, fully 65 percent of mobile conversions were on tablets...
After reporting dissapointing second quarter earnings that sent shares into a 26 percent dive, Millenial Media yesterday announced that it has agreed to aquire smaller mobile advertising rival Jumptap. Under the terms of the agreement, Jumptap shareholders will receive approximately 24.6 million shares...
New research released today shows that shoppers in the United States are not adopting mobile shopping as fast as those in other countries. According to a report from Havas Worldwide, in partnership with Market Probe International, just 16 percent of US online consumers have used...
A new company called Aquto today announced a unique business model that will offer consumers additional mobile data in exchange for engagement with brands. Aquto’s deployment begins in Europe with eligible Vodafone subscribers, with additional partnerships to be announced throughout 2013...