Thursday, November 29, 2007 

Cellfish Add-to-Phone

Cellfish Media, a mobile content provider, released “Add-to-Phone” yesterday. This free application is embedded in websites and allows users to download content from the web to their phones with one click of the mouse. Content can be sent to mobile phones as a download or as a stream.

Add-to-Phone works on any carrier in 100 countries and can be used on any WAP-enabled phone. Nothing has to be preinstalled on the handset. A site visitor only has to enter a mobile phone number and a SMS message is sent with a link to the content or news feed, which is formatted and rendered on-the-fly to fit the user’s specific device.

A so called locker is provided by Add-to-Phone. This allows users to organize all the sites and content clicked on and is accessible both on the web and on mobile phones.

Website publishers have two options to integrate Add-to-Phone on their website:
1- “Widget mode”: copy and paste the button code within their HTML editor
2- “API mode”: use the API to create their own tools using the “add to phone” functionality. For example, is the first to offer a player with a built-in “add to phone” option.

Additionally, Cellfish recently released the “Add to Phone” application for Facebook, which includes an album navigator that allows users to download or share their profile pictures and their friends’ albums onto cell phones.

Cellfish Media
Cellfish Video Highlighting Add-to-Phone

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 

Google Maps Mobile: Virtual GPS

Google Maps for mobile has recently updated to Version 2.0. On the Mobile Blog they talk about these new features.

Watch the video on YouTube:

It works like a charm in my N93 using TIM network here in Brazil (Recife)

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007 

Brazilian Idle Screen

Brazilian operators Telemig and Amazonia have launched ad-funded idle screen content services.

The regional sister operators (recently acquired by Vivo) have adopted UK-based Celltick's so-called Live Screen 'idle screen' technology, through which they can broadcast targeted content and advertising.

Called Se Liga, the service has attracted commercial partners in the form of Fiat and Unimed, and will offer a mix of news, lifestyle articles, sports results, ringtones and games.

It will initially be available to 100,000 Telemig/Amazonia customers, with Celltick managing editorial content, programming and advertising.

Celltick CEO Stephen Dunford said: "Mobile marketing is already a reality in Europe and Asia. As a new media, Se Liga will show its potential for the South American market, delivering it a compelling marketing platform for tier one advertisers."



Friday, November 23, 2007 

New Java features of 3rd Ed. fp 2

New APIs available:

  • Nokia IAPInfo API
  • Device dedicated Media keys (Play/Pause/Stop) access as normal key events
  • Control over End call key (Red call key) behavior for application's lifecycle
  • Enabling device theme background for Canvases for custom component usage
  • Prevention of screen saver via Nokia UI API
  • Foreground/background events via pauseApp/startApp
  • Flip close event for fold/clamshell devices via pauseApp
  • Access to device IMEI, network access type (gprs / csd etc.), network id, network signal level, battery level, country code, date and time formats via system properties
  • LCDUI Canvas Graphics scaling (introduced originally in 3rd ed) enhanced for orientation switching devices

IAPInfo API allows to access device's Internet Access Points configuration and allows to specific explicitly for General Connection Framework network connections (http etc.) which IAP should be used. (this is great!!!)

New other functionality:

  • Java application startup time is better due to OS on-demand paging and other changes (and as a result you also have more user RAM available).
  • Support for scalable icons (SVG) for MIDlets
  • Support for categorization of MIDlets: game / application
  • Device volume keys will change audio output volume of MMAPI
  • Selection key has a label (as a result LCDUI Commands are more aligned with Series 40 Java)
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007 

Remote Payments In Brazil

Visa has started a few more mobile trials around the world. In Brazil it is trialing remote payments, which lets people make payments on the their mobile phones. In Canada Visa will trial its payWave contactless payment service with the Royal Bank of Canada—the trial will start in Ontario in 2008 and use handsets with Near Field Communications chips. The same technology is currently being trialed in Malaysia in partnership with Maybank, Maxis and Nokia reports Wireless News. Visa is also trialling payWave in Taiwan. PayWave is also in some of Visa's US credit cards, so it doesn't need to rely on mobiles to get the technology going




Developed by Felipe Andrade and Alessandro Pace, Jarpa was created allowing Flash Lite Developers deliver their content as Java ME applications. Jarpa is a free of charge software solution under terms of Apache Software License. Great job guys!

Read more about Jarpa.

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Monday, November 19, 2007 

Twitter Limits UK Tweets

Microblogging site Twitter has capped the number of messages UK users can receive by SMS to 250, as the tweeters twitter here. New York VC Union Square may have bankrolled the service, but could Twitter be feeling the pinch, money-wise? North American users are still allowed an unlimited number of inbound texts, attributed to the different charging regimes for text messages in the US and the UK (while US mobile phone users typically pay to receive texts, UK customers do not, making it harder for Twitter to earn money). TechCrunch estimates Twitter gets $0.02 to $0.031 a message per incoming text, thanks to its use of an SMS number based in the Isle Of Man. But they are paying at least $0.08 per outbound message - meaning "they are losing money hand over fist".


Claro rolls out 3G in Brazil

Claro, Brazil's third largest mobile operator and a unit of America Movil, has launched 3G services in the 850MHz band, (more here at Bloomberg). The service rolls out first in Brasilia, Recife and Fortaleza followed by Porto Alegre next week and Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro next month. Last week, Telemig Celular Participacoes launched a commercial 3G network in the city of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais state, in the same band.


Thursday, November 15, 2007 

ID goes Mobile

A fresh new adventure starts as Id Software announced to have closed a deal with Fountainhead Entertainment to start up Id Mobile, a fresh development devision for mobile, Nintendo DS and PSP development.

The new studio will be headed up by Katherine Anna Kang, the former director of business development at Id Software.

"We are operating on the assumption that mobile gaming has a potential for huge growth," says id co-founder John Carmack for USA Today. "It's at a tipping point. Everybody has a phone, and almost every phone is powerful enough to do good games on it."


Tuesday, November 13, 2007 

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My first Android app!

I've downloaded the SDK and started to play with the code. No integration with Eclipse yet! Use the command lines is not as painfull as i thought.

Now it's time to think in a way to get at least $25.000. Uh!



Brazilian telco Oi on mobile TV

Brazilian telco Oi has announced plans to launch a mobile TV service on November 19 to kick off a series of services for exclusive content across all its platforms, reports Cellular News. The service (which sounds like its streamed over the network) will cost 5.90 reais (US$3.37) for two hours or 9.90 reais (US$5.66) per day (which seems a lot), and will include downloadable clips in a series called Humanoides (jointly developed by Oi), well-known channels like MTV, ESPN Brasil, TV Sexy Club, Cartoon Network and so on and user-generated content. The content aggregator is M1nd Corp.

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Monday, November 12, 2007 

Google launches the Android Develper Challenge

How It Works

The award money will be distributed equally between two Android Developer Challenges:

  • Android Developer Challenge I: We will accept submissions from January 2 through March 3, 2008
  • Android Developer Challenge II: This part will launch after the first handsets built on the platform become available in the second half of 2008

In the Android Developer Challenge I, the 50 most promising entries received by March 3 will each receive a $25,000 award to fund further development. Those selected will then be eligible for even greater recognition via ten $275,000 awards and ten $100,000 awards.

Build Your Favorite Mobile Application

Here are some suggested areas of focus to get you started:

  • Social networking
  • Media consumption, management, editing, or sharing, e.g., photos
  • Productivity and collaboration such as email, IM, calendar, etc.
  • Gaming
  • News and information
  • Rethinking of traditional user interfaces
  • Use of mash-up functionality
  • Use of location-based services
  • Humanitarian benefits
  • Applications in service of global economic development
  • Whatever you're excited about!

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The $5bn mobile flutter

Punters will gamble $5bn a year on mobile casino services 2012, says Juniper Research.

Its report ´Mobile Gambling: Casinos, Lotteries and Betting Delivery (4th edition)´ predicts strong growth in single-user games such as slot machines, and multiplayer gambling tournaments. It says market deregulation, greater 3G coverage and simpler products will drive the market explosion.

However, Juniper also warns against over-optimism, observing that in many markets, such as the US, remote casinos are prohibited. The report also concludes: the gross ‘win’ from mobile casino services will rise from less than $5m in 2007 to $133m in 2012; the UK currently accounts for more than 60 per cent of total wagers; the UK proportion will be less that 20 per cent by 2012; average monthly wager levels have already exceeded $100 in several markets.



Wednesday, November 07, 2007 

Opera Mini 4

Opera has officially launched Opera Mini 4, available as a free over the air download from It's changed the browser so people get a desktop overview mode so people see the page as it appears on their computers (I'm guessing as a response to the positive reaction to the iPhone), and can then zoom in or use Small Screen Rendering. It also includes Opera Link, which joins the PC Opera browser to the mobile one in terms of bookmarks and the like. (release)


Tuesday, November 06, 2007 

Will Google's Android Further Fragment The Mobile Market?

Google earlier yesterday answered months of endless gossip and blog posts. While there is gPhone -- at least not for now -- Google's new mobile linux platform, Android, could translate into millions of Google-powered phones in the marketplace in the next few years. But Google's new OS also promises to further balkanize an industry plagued by device and OS fragmentation.

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Monday, November 05, 2007 

Where's my Gphone?

From Official Google Blog:

Despite all of the very interesting speculation over the last few months, we're not announcing a Gphone. However, we think what we are announcing -- the Open Handset Alliance and Android -- is more significant and ambitious than a single phone. In fact, through the joint efforts of the members of the Open Handset Alliance, we hope Android will be the foundation for many new phones and will create an entirely new mobile experience for users, with new applications and new capabilities we can’t imagine today.

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