May 2010 Cell Phone News



Spitfire Loop-Based Audio Recording/Remixing App for Mobile Devices

May 31, 2010 10:48 AM | Nokia | Software |

Spitfire is a loop-based audio recording and remixing application for mobile devices and it is currently available for devices with a Symbian S60 v3 and v5 OS. It has four tracks for playback of audio files, which can be either recorded by the user through the device microphone or loaded from a library of preset musical loops. (See demo video above).  Download it at



Nokia's N8 Foosball Fever Video

May 31, 2010 10:43 AM | Nokia |

Nokia released the above video showing one of the greatest matches ever played off the pitch. The tricks these star players perform can only be seen on a foosball table. Check out the score in the behind the scenes video or the highlight clips of the best tricks in slow motion to see how impressive they really are.



Skype Launches New iPhone App with 3G Calling Functionality

May 31, 2010 10:36 AM | Software |

Skype has announced the launch of the new version of its iPhone application. Available to download from the Apple App Store today, this update allows iPhone users to make and receive Skype-to-Skype calls, and to call mobiles and landlines around the world at very low rates for the first time over their 3G data connection.

Skype-to-Skype calls on 3G will be free for a trial period which will run until the end of 2010. Details of pricing will be announced in the coming months and will be in line with Skype's commitment to providing customers with great value. Skype-to-Skype calls over WiFi will still remain free.


SIRIUS XM Radio Annouce Free Android App

May 31, 2010 10:29 AM | Software |

SIRIUS XM Radio recently announced that a free Android application is now available, giving users of supported Android-powered smartphones access to over 120 channels of exclusive sports, talk, entertainment, news, comedy and commercial-free music over cellular and WiFi networks.

The SIRIUS XM App for Android-powered smartphones allows users to:
  • Listen to over 120 channels of SIRIUS XM Premium Online programming on the go, even while surfing the web or checking email.
  • Bookmark SIRIUS XM Premium Online channels for fast, easy access through a "Favorites" function.
  • View the current channel plus what is playing on all other channels via the "Lookaround" function.


Nokia Messaging Beta for IM for Touch-based Devices

May 28, 2010 2:06 PM | Nokia |

Nokia just released a new Beta of Nokia Messaging for IM designed for touch-based devices like the Nokia N97 and Nokia N97 mini.  With a full redesign focused on an efficient user experience, you should be able to accomplish key actions with one touch (or just a few).



Smartphones and Computing Devices To Generate 87% of US Cellular Traffic by 2014

May 28, 2010 1:26 PM | Interesting |

According to a report on US mobile operator network traffic, smartphones and connected computing devices will be the primary drivers of data traffic over the next five years. By 2014, says ABI Research, these device categories will generate more than 87% of total mobile network data traffic for US operators.

Smartphone traffic will be led by the iPhone and similar devices such as the Samsung Omnia and Motorola Droid. These devices invite more customer interactivity, which can lead to extremely high data traffic consumption. Computing devices include laptops, netbooks, smartbooks, and media tablets. Launches Free iPhone App to Help Find TV Shows

May 28, 2010 1:12 PM | Software |, a new service that helps consumers find and discover TV shows and movies on television, the web and mobile, announced today the launch of an iPhone App available now on the Apple iTunes App Store.

The beetv mobile application enables users to receive personalized recommendations for content ranging from real-time broadcast programming to online and mobile TV shows and movies. Content recommendations are generated by a proprietary technology that analyzes and matches individual tastes and preferences "Now more than ever, TV and movie fans can be directed to the content that they want to see, when they want to see it and on their platform of choice- TV, web, mobile - without having to channel surf," said Yaniv Solnik, CTO. "Our App is the first in the mobile space to provide personalized TV and movie recommendations that extend cross platform."

The application is also a "mobile-first" market entrance, preceding the release of the online experience which is currently in closed beta.



Comcast Launches 3G-Only Wireless Data Service in Chicago Area

May 28, 2010 1:07 PM | Services |

Comcast has announced the launch of High-Speed 2go Nationwide 3G-only service for consumers in Illinois, northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan as the company continues its nationwide rollout of High- Speed 2go.

High-Speed 2go is a mobile Internet solution that provides the fastest available wireless Internet service in the nation via wireless data cards. In addition to offering a fourth-generation, or 4G Metro, wireless service and a Nationwide Preferred 4G/3G wireless service, Comcast is now adding a Nationwide 3G-only wireless service for customers who prefer to have coast-to-coast mobile Internet access. The new Nationwide 3G service uses a 3G-only data card that operates on Sprint's national 3G network, giving customers nationwide wireless service.


Google Releases Android 2.2 for Developers

May 27, 2010 9:26 PM | Google | Software |

Google announced the launch of Android 2.2 with added a new service to help developers send data from servers to their applications on Android phones. Android Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM) makes it easier for mobile applications to sync data with servers.

Most applications on mobile phones use the Internet to keep users connected. Traditionally, many apps use polling to fetch data periodically. POP mail clients, for example, connect to the server every 15 minutes or so. Polling is fairly easy to implement, and works well in many situations. It’s tricky, though, to select the frequency: Poll too often, you may not see any new data, and create unnecessary stress on the server and network. Poll too rarely and the data on the device may become stale. Polling is especially problematic on mobile devices, because it consumes precious network bandwidth and battery life.

Having the server push messages to the client asynchronously may be a superior choice for getting the latest data to your applications, resulting in fresher data and more efficient use of the network and your battery.


Google Completes Acquisition of AdMob

May 27, 2010 9:16 PM | Google |

Google announced today that they have closed their acquisition of AdMob.  According to Google, "It’s clear that mobile advertising is growing incredibly fast with lots of businesses innovating at great speed. Every day, more marketers are looking to take advantage of the mobile-specific capabilities, extended reach, great returns and value that mobile advertising provides. Advertisers are now starting to see mobile as an essential part of their overall campaigns, not just a silo-ed experiment on the side.

We want to unleash agencies’ and advertisers’ creativity on all mobile devices and deliver them better results from their campaigns, drive better returns and more choice for publishers and developers, and help people get better ads and more free mobile content.



Google Buzz for Mobile Now Available on More Devices

May 27, 2010 9:11 PM | Google |

Last February Google launched Google Buzz for mobile, a tool to start conversations when you are out and about. When Buzz launched, it was only available for devices running Android 2.0+ and iPhone.  Today Google is releasing an XHTML version of the Buzz website which can be accessed from many other mobile devices, including those running Android pre-2.0, Blackberry, Nokia S60, and Windows Mobile.

To check it out enter in your browser and log in using your password. You will be able to view the stream of buzz posts, post publicly or privately, comment or like a post, and more.

On the BlackBerry platform, you can also enable location through your browser settings. This will allow you to get to the Nearby view, where you’ll find geo-tagged posts near you. In addition, you can tag your post with your location. Please note that location features might not work on some devices.



Facebook Launches Facebook SDK for Android

May 27, 2010 9:01 PM | Software |

Facebook has launched the beta version of the Facebook SDK for Android, which we demoed at Google I/O in San Francisco last week. Over 100 million people use Facebook on their mobile phones every month, and Android is one of the fastest growing mobile platforms. Facebook offers open-sourcing tools and example code that make it simple for the thousands of Android developers to integrate Facebook Platform into their applications and reach a large and ever-growing mobile audience.

The Facebook SDK for Android broadens Facebook's support for mobile platforms, which also includes iPhone apps and mobile websites.


Norton Everywhere Protects Mobile, DNS and Smart Devices

May 27, 2010 8:49 PM | Software |


Symantec Corp. today unveiled Norton Everywhere, a three-part initiative to take Norton beyond the PC and extend trust to new devices and consumer applications. The initiative spans the areas of mobile safety, web safety across any device and embedded services on smart devices.

Symantec is combining its own consumer security, backup, and infrastructure technologies with partners to deliver Norton services to consumers in an entirely new way. This initiative means that consumers will be able to trust the protection of Norton everywhere – across many locations, devices and digital experiences. The offerings will be delivered direct to consumers, as well as through new business-to-business offerings.



Boingo Free Wi-Fi App for iPhone / iPod Touch (Free Hour)

May 27, 2010 7:50 AM | Services |

Boingo Wireless, operator of a network of pay-for-use WiFi hotspots around the world, is now offering a free Wi-Fi Credits App that lets you buy WiFi time through iTunes for $1.99 per hour, instead of the monthly $7.95 per month subscription fee. The first hour of credit is included with the free download. 

You can connect to Wi-Fi spots at 125,000+ at Starbucks, hundreds of airports, and thousands of hotels around the world.  The app is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  iPhone OS 3.0 or later is required.



Dell to Launch the Streak - 5" Android Powered Tablet

May 27, 2010 7:21 AM | Gadgets |

Dell has announced plans for Streak, a 5-inch Android-based Tablet designed to provide people the best “on-the-go” entertainment, social connection, and navigation experience. Early this June the Dell Streak will be available across the UK at O2 stores,, The Carphone Warehouse, and later in the month at

Pricing and data plans for the UK will be announced by O2 ahead of availability. Later this summer, Dell plans to make Streak available in the U.S.



Nokia Announces Software Update for the Nokia N900

May 27, 2010 7:05 AM | Nokia |

Nokia has announced a new software update for the Nokia N900.  The update was released in the UK on 5/24 and globally on 5/26. Version 1.2 (V10.2010.19-1) has a range of enhancements to the already bursting Maemo5 mobile computer.



Google Launches Beta for Google Location History

May 26, 2010 9:06 PM | Google |

Google today launched an experimental new view in Beta for Google Location History to visualize your location history in a different.

If Location History is enabled, the new dashboard view will try to highlight interesting trends from your existing location history, such as trips you’ve taken, places you’ve visited, time spent at home vs. out, and more. If you ever wondered how much time you’ve spent at work recently compared to six months ago, or where it was that you stopped on your last road trip, check out Location History for some of the answers.

For more information visit


Nokia Research Center Announces Nokia Instant Community

May 26, 2010 8:55 PM | Nokia |

Nokia Research Center in Tampere, Finland has announced Nokia Instant Community, which enables you to chat and share content with those around you instantly. This latest research offering bring social networking to the masses.



Air New Zealand to Offer Mobile Text and Email Services Inflight

May 26, 2010 8:50 PM | Services |

Air New Zealand will be enabling its new Boeing 777-300 aircraft with mobile phone and data capability, with the first aircraft due for delivery in November this year.

The introduction of the new service will enable Air New Zealand’s customers to use their iPhone, Blackberry and GSM mobile phones to safely send and receive emails and text messages during their flights.

“Feedback from our customers has shown they wish to be able to text, and check emails, to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues during their long-haul flights,” said Ed Sims, Air New Zealand Group General Manager, International Airline.


Demand for Mobile Internet Devices/Tablets and 3DTVs Soaring

May 26, 2010 8:44 PM | Interesting |

Demand for consumer electronic (CE) devices is soaring in the US – especially in key segments like 3DTVs and Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs)/Tablets. Year-over-year shipment growth for these two segments will be 142% and 231%, respectively, between 2010 and 2011, reports In-Stat.

3DTVs and MIDs/Tablets will also represent a bright spot for CE manufacturers and content providers because the installed base for these segments will continue to expand steadily.

“The US installed base units for 3DTVs and MID/Tablets will double from 2010 to 2011 and on through 2013,” says Stephanie Ethier, In-Stat analyst. “In fact, In-Stat expects the total US installed base of CE devices to almost double between 2009 and 2013.”


27% of US Mobile Web Users Have Clicked Mobile Ads

May 26, 2010 8:23 PM | Interesting |

A consumer survey conducted by ABI Research in February 2010 has found that 27% of mobile phone users accessing the mobile Internet have clicked on a mobile banner ad or text link. That compares to 21% in a previous survey conducted by the analyst firm in December 2008.

Neil Strother, ABI Research’s practice director for mobile marketing strategies, comments: “More people are accessing websites through their mobile phones today than 14 months ago, and clicking on ads is becoming more commonplace. This trend is a positive one for marketers and advertisers, and should give them greater confidence in their mobile efforts, knowing that well-targeted offerings can find traction among consumers.”


Fox Mobile Group Unveils Bitbop Wireless Subscription Service

May 26, 2010 8:18 PM | Services |

Fox Mobile Group, announced the unveiling of Bitbop, a soon-to-be-available wireless subscription service that unlocks the smartphone's potential as a full-service entertainment portal. Bitbop's state-of-the-art platform allows people to view premium video content on their mobile device for the price of $9.99 a month. 

FMG chief marketing officer Chris Hoerenz said, "Bitbop is an on demand subscription-based service that delivers on the promise of making the smartphone an easy-to-use entertainment device for television programs and movies. We are able to give mobile audiences the wide range of content they want, when and where they want it, with all the customer friendly features they expect."

Added Joe Bilman, executive vice president global products, FMG, and chief architect of the Bitbop service, "I was in a meeting with a group of executives when I realized that most people carry their devices with them 100% of the time and had no idea what they could do with them.



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