Wednesday, October 31, 2007 

Gphone rumors

Google seems to have taken a leaf from Apple's book: Say nothing officially, but ensure steady leaks to maintain interest. The latest rumor is that Google is deep in talks with Verizon over "how they would put together a partnership and ways to make money off the developments" according to Bloomberg, although they are not yet close to an agreement. Verizon confirmed the companies had talked but wouldn't comment further… Reuters and the WSJ said much the same thing and quoted their own sources, which could of course be the same person since they're all anonymous. Meanwhile, France Telecom has come out and formally denied being in talks with Google about a handset, reports Reuters.

Cnet reported on a survey by Evans Data Corporation showing that Google was the most popular choice for mobile developers working on location based services, followed by Microsoft and Nokia. Of course, Nokia's Navteq buy is still fresh.

Source: MoCoNews


Monday, October 29, 2007 

Carnival of Mobilists #97

This week’s Carnival is hosted at the VisionMobile Forum.



Gameloft third quarter financial results

Gameloft has released it's third quarter financial results showing a 51% growth in sales over the first 9 months of 2007, standing at € 70.2 million. The third quarter had a all time high revenue of € 24.4 million.

The thirds quarter last year brought Gameloft € 16.1 million in revenue, meaning the revenue has grown 51% year-on-year. Of the € 24.4 million, mobile game downloads represented € 23.2 million in revenue. The mobile game downloads have grown 58% year-on-year.

Europe remains the primary mobile games market for Gameloft as it generated 44% of the revenue. North America follows at 35% of the revenue. The remaining 21% is spread over the other global markets. The strongest growth has actually been outside of Europe and North America as the other markets grew 82%.

Gameloft expects a really good fourth quarter with the holidays in mind. Gameloft will release in total 25 new mobile games during the fourth quarter in order to increase revenue even more. The new games include Heroes, CSI Miami and a new title in the Prince of Persia line.

Gameloft has yet again topped up the 2007 outlook. The company has now set their sales target at € 100 million.



Boopsie Mobile Search

Mobile search, despite the presence of giants such as Google (GOOG), Yahoo (YHOO), Microsoft (MSFT) and AOL (TWX), is wide open. Any startup has as good a chance as any of the the big boys, just as long as they have cutting-edge technology and enough business acumen to capitalize on it. One such startup that is getting a lot of buzz is Boopsie -– yes, you read that right — Boopsie.

The search query on Boopsie gets rolling with a “smart prefix” — which means that instead of typing out the whole word, you only need to type the word’s first few letters. Start typing “Caltrain,” for example, and you get a list of options to choose from, including the Caltrain schedule.

source: GigaOM

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Thursday, October 25, 2007 

Carnival of the Mobilists #96 at mTrends

This week, the Mobile Carnival is hosted by Rudy at mTrends.


Wednesday, October 24, 2007 

Sun starts bidding adieu to mobile-specific Java

One area where Sun Microsystems' Java caught on was in mobile phones, but a leader of the project is working to eventually replace the mobile-specific version of the software.

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