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Mobile World Congress breakfast briefing: day 2

Posted by Jon Russell on February 18, 2009

 

breakfast-briefing-day-twoWe expect that, by now, your breakfast is probably a hastily consumed coffee with perhaps  croissant such is your need to get back to work at breakneck speed.

No fear, check out our breakfast briefing for a quick yet concise overview of news to get you up to speed with day two at Mobile World Congress in an instant.

As always, get in touch with any news, tips or feedback.

Hasta luego.

 

MAJOR TALKING POINT

– As predicted yesterday Vodafone and Google announced the G2 device, produced by HTC, yesterday. Initial reviews of the device, also know as the Magic, has been positive. Reviews are available at TechRadar and CNET whilst Pocket-Lint has an excellent selection of photos.


HANDSETS

LG confirmed that its KS360, announced in July, model will run with an Android OS (operating system) and be available in the UK this summer. Click here for more specs from T3.

Pocket-Lint is doing a great job of covering the show, another of its scoops is the MB400 from Hyundai, a so-called ‘iPod phone’. The device is one of the company’s initial offerings and set to be available in the UK this year.


APPLICATIONS AND CONTENT

Orange and Sony Ericsson further strengthened their joint content initiative with a 2 year deal that will see a fresh batch of Sony Ericsson multimedia phones with “more fun and easy mobile multimedia services”.

Yahoo announced that the launch of its Yahoo Mobile service is ‘upcoming’. The service will provide a personalised homepage for a range of devices. The beta is to be available soon although, from initial details, the service looks like nothing more than a portal.

Adobe announced its plans for Flash to be supported on both the Palm Pre and Nokia Series 60 phones.

Nokia Nseries handsets will be able to make free Skype-to-Skype voice call and chat starting with the N97.

– Annoying when you have the wrong charger isn’t it? Well the GSMA announced its commitment to an industry-wide standard for chargers for new mobile phones. Backed by a raft of global operators, the group is aiming for change by 2010 with micro-USB mooted as the would-be standard.

T-Mobile has announced the ten most popular Android apps, see them here at androidcommunity.com

MySpace has revamped and optimised its mobile site and announced plans to develop bespoke applications for selected Nokia and Palm handsets


NOTEWORTHY REVIEWS

– TechRadar has reviewed the Nokia N86, concluding that it is an improvement on the N85 with the camera and OLED screen alone push it leagues ahead.

– As above, Reviews of the Google G2, aka Vodafone Magic, are available at TechRadar and CNET.

Engadget has put the Samsung Omnia HD to the test.

 

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12 Days of Christmas – Android adoption one month on

Posted by Admin on January 2, 2009

Christian Howes at WebTrends has sent me his thoughts about Android. If you’re interested in some stats about how Android (and the G1) compare to the iPhone, have a read below.

Thanks Christian.

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christian-howesLast month the launch of Google Android caused immense hype in the mobile world, with a surge in the early adoption of the new G1 mobile handset suggesting that the iPhone title of “most hip mobile device” may be up for grabs. A month on and it seems that the excitement surrounding Android has levelled off slightly for the time being, temporarily easing the worries of Apple, who no longer have the only ‘cool’ phone on the block.

So how popular is Android as a mobile Internet device? Using figures from ten major brands across all industry sectors, web analytics specialist WebTrends says that on average .04% of all traffic is arriving at the websites in the US through Android compared to .01% for UK sites. Compared to similar stats from iPhone and Blackberry usage, these figures do seem low. The same brands can attribute .70% of their traffic to individuals accessing their websites from an iPhone in the US and .41% in the UK and for Blackberry the figures stand at .38% in the US and .30% in the UK.

Although the uptake figures for Android are lower, advertising and marketing activity surrounding its launch has so far been minimal.

As Christian says:

“Android uptake thus far is comparable to that which the iPhone achieved during the early stages of its launch, so although Android is lagging at the moment Google won’t be too concerned. Don’t forget that it has launched on only one phone and network, and that the Google marketing machine hasn’t fully swung into action. Instead those clever people at Google are letting people like me talk it up in the media, creating a sense of anticipation while they test the water and let developers get to grips with the platform architecture.”

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