The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • AdMob Opens New York Office

    AdMob, a mobile advertising company, is going to test the saying, “If you can make it in New York you can make it anywhere.” AdMob is opening a new East Coast headquarters in the city that never sleeps which is being called AdMob East. It is hoped that Madison Avenue will look to the company’s mobile phone advertising applications. “Marketers are increasingly… Read More

  • Mobile Gaming News Roundup

    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. This week Glu has offered to buy British mobile game company Superscape for $36 million. If the deal is accepted, Glu will come close to matching the U.S. leader of cell phone games, Electronic Arts. Superscape has about 5% of the U.S. market and sells games on carriers Verizon Wireless and Alltel. The… Read More

  • Nokia’s Mobile Growth Prediction may be too Optimistic

    Yesterday Nokia issued a prediction that in 2008 its mobile phone shipments will increase by 10% and that the company’s worldwide market share will increase beyond the 40% it claimed in the fourth quarter. But these numbers may be too optimistic. Analysts at IDC predict annual growth in mobile phone sales will drop below 10% this year, making Nokia’s growth projection look unrealistic. Read More

  • Realeyes3D Announces New Bar Code Scanning Technology

    Realeyes3D announced today that it is releasing a new technology that allows mobile phone cameras to read 1D barcodes. The 1D barcode is that mysterious strip of lines and numbers that appears on everything from a bag of potato chips to your cell phone battery. Standard 1D barcodes are everywhere, printed on billions of products worldwide and already linked to a vast number of both free… Read More

  • Slimmest Waterproof Mobile Phone

    If you want to be the first on the block to own the world’s slimmest waterproof 3G Mobile Phone, you should buy a Fujitsu F705i. The handset is only 13.7 mm thick and is being marketed as the thinnest waterproof phone ever made. A lot of technology went into making this phone to meet IPX5 and IPX7 waterproof standards. This wonder will work even after being sprayed or submersed in water… Read More

  • AT&T Posts Strong Fourth Quarter Wireless Growth

    AT&T announced today stronger-than-expected wireless growth in the fourth quarter. Investors were concerned that a slowdown in the U.S. economy would hurt the company’s subscriber growth. But AT&T added 2.7 net new wireless subscribers in the quarter. This is higher than the 1.92 million subscribers that some analysts had predicted. AT&T’s fourth-quarter profit was… Read More

  • NTT DoCoMo to use Goolge’s Mobile Search Engine

    It was announced today that Japan’s largest mobile carrier, NTT DoCoMo, is partnering with Google to provide customers Internet searches and other services from the search engine giant. NTT DoCoMo currently uses its own i-mode to provide mobile Internet services. By spring of this year, Google will be set as the default search portal page. Keyword-based advertisements will appear on… Read More

  • Motorola Handset Market Share and Profits Down

    Motorola announced today that its profit fell 84% in the fourth quarter and that its handset division is struggling. CEO Greg Brown acknowledged that the No. 3 cellphone maker isn’t doing what needs to be done to keep and improve its global handset market share. At the end of 2006, Motorola had 23% worldwide market share. By the end of 2007 it dropped to 13%. “Demand for some of… Read More

  • AD Infuse gets $12 Million in Seed Money

    The mobile advertising company Ad Infuse announced today that it has secured $12 million in financing. New investor SoftBank capital led this new financing round, which also includes existing investors ComVentures and Storm Ventures. The money will be used to promote and develop Ad Infuse’s mobile advertising network and platform, adInMotion. The company will also invest in its… Read More

  • Zumobi to be Distributed on Windows Mobile

    Zumbi has entered into a business agreement with Microsoft. Zumbi’s Zooming User Interface and mobile widget platform will appear on Windows Mobile. The applications are compatible with Windows Mobile versions 5.0 and newer. “Currently shipping on devices from more than 48 device makers with 125 mobile operators in 55 countries, Windows Mobile is one of the most accessible and… Read More

  • HTC’s Touch Handset Family Reaches 2 Million Mark

    HTC’s Smart handset family of products, which is billed as a rival to Apple’s iPhone, sold 2 million units last year. The company sold nearly 12 million handsets overall last year, roughly a 12% increase over 2006 sales. Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced last week that his company sold more than 4 million iPhones since its launch. The HTC Touch uses Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 software… Read More

  • Japan to offer Government Sanctioned Mobile Phone Guides

    The Japanese government is planning to offer exams for people who want to be mobile phone guides. The guides will help customers learn how to use all the functions that their phones offer and explain the complicated billing system used to charge for various services like text messaging and data downloads. In Japan, talking on the phone while commuting in a bus or train is frowned upon so… Read More

  • Thailand’s AIS Negotiating with Apple for iPhone

    Thailand’s Advanced Info Service (AIS) announced today that it is negotiating with Apple for the right to carry the iPhone on its network. Apple plans to expand the iPhone franchise to Asian countries this year. The popular handset is currently available in the United States and large European countries. “We are negotiating on details, including a revenue sharing standard. Apple… Read More

  • Kyocera to buy Sanyo’s Mobile Phone Division

    Sanyo Electric Co. announced today that it will sell its mobile phone division to Kyocera Corp. The two companies haven’t reached a final price for the deal which is expected to be closed by April 1 of this year. The value of the mobile division is estimated to be worth $374 million (40 billion yen). With occurred debt, the deal should be worth $467 million (50 billion yen). News of the… Read More

  • Weekly Gaming News Roundup Week 3

    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. It seems some mobile phone gurus were talking about mobile games at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. One of the biggest problems that the game industry has is the pace at which new handsets are developed and released to the public. When someone upgrades to a new handset with… Read More

  • Smaato Receives Seed Money

    Smaato, a mobile ad-server technology company, has received $3.5 million in financing from international media, advertising, mobile and financial community investors. Silicon Valley based legal firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati advised on the funding and participated with an investment of its own. “We are convinced Smaato is at the fore front of this new marketing opportunity. Read More

  • Sprint Announces Subscriber Losses

    Sprint Nextel, the third largest mobile phone provider in the United States, reported a net loss of 683,000 post-paid subscribers today. This loss is far greater than those predicted by analysts, which ranged between 350,000 and 500,000 subscribers. The company also reported net losses of 202,000 prepaid subscribers. Sprint’s subscriber base was 53.8 million at the end of 2007… Read More

  • YouMail Launches New non-Intrusive Advertising Program

    YouMail, a free voicemail service, launched a new advertising program this week that will connect brands with mobile users through text-based advertising. This new feature will add short, non-intrusive 40-character marketing messages to the text alerts users already receive when a caller leaves a new voicemail. “Advertisers continue to struggle to find unobtrusive ways to reach consumers… Read More

  • Mobile Fun Offers Celebrity Autographs

    If you are an autograph hound, Mobile Fun may have the service for you. Your mobile phone can now be autographed online by famous and historical people like Stalin or Shakespeare without having to go to the trouble and cost of renting a time machine. Mobile Fun is currently working on a system that allows modern celebrities to sell limited editions of their autographs online so that customers… Read More

  • EU May Regulate Text and Mobile Data Costs

    Mobile phone users in Europe are paying high costs to text message or use mobile Internet services outside their own country, the EU’s telecoms chief said today. This word comes just a few months after the EU regulated the cost mobile phone service providers could bill for roaming charges outside a customer’s country of origin. Last September the European Commission capped roaming… Read More