mobile web

  • NPR Makes Its Mobile Website Appalicious (And Readies An Android App)

    NPR Makes Its Mobile Website Appalicious (And Readies An Android App)

    National Public Radio has the fourth most popular news app in the iTunes store in the U.S., but now it is taking some of that Appalicious goodness to the mobile browser. Today it launched a new version of its mobile website at http://m.npr.org/ which looks like a stripped down version of the iPhone app but doesn't require a download. The redesigned NPR mobile site shows top stories and lets you… Read More

  • From The 3G Industry Summit In Kunshan, China: 16 Demos From Chinese Mobile Startups

    From The 3G Industry Summit In Kunshan, China: 16 Demos From Chinese Mobile Startups

    Earlier this week, I was in Kunshan, China, to attend the 3G Industry Summit [CN], a four-day event that has attracted a few dozen speakers and an audience of over 200 people, making it one of the biggest of its kind in this country. The annual event is organized by the Kunshan government and Mobile 2.0 Forum, a communication platform with more than 1,500 members, almost single-handedly run by… Read More

  • Vodafone 360 takes on the Mobile App stores

    Vodafone 360 takes on the Mobile App stores

    Vodafone today launched Vodafone 360 (its replacement for Vodafone Live) which brings together mobile phone contacts,  social networking accounts, email, IM, etc.  so they can be accessed seamlessly on phone or PC. It currently covers Facebook, Live Messenger and Google Talk. Twitter will be added soon. Vodafone has also added a range of new apps, games, music and mapping services as part of the… Read More

  • PRTMobile.com: The Mobile Web comes to the folks next door

    PRTMobile.com: The Mobile Web comes to the folks next door

    I was out for my evening constitutional last night, enjoying the sight of "For Sale" signs on homes throughout my neighborhood, when I spied with my little eye something new and novel. I've seen URLs on For Sale signs a couple of times, and always thought that that was a fine way to attract eyeballs to your property. Let's face it: trawling though MLS listings sucks, so going directly to a… Read More

  • Yahoo Mobile launches across eight countries, 300 devices

    Yahoo Mobile launches across eight countries, 300 devices

    The mobile content service which Yahoo previewed at Mobile World Congress in February launched today across eight countries, available both as an iPhone app and a mobile content site optimised for 300 devices ‘with HTML-enabled mobile browsers’. Yahoo Mobile, available at http://new.m.yahoo.com or from the App Store, combines what you’d expect from Yahoo’s services —… Read More

  • Shock! Horror! iPhones don't make a Top 20 popularity list

    Shock! Horror! iPhones don't make a Top 20 popularity list

    Here’s something from the department of Quelle Surprise: Bango (AIM: BGO) reckons the iPhone lags behind the top 20 mobile handsets most used in browsing and buying on the mobile web. The Bango Top 20 handset list, based on Bango’s February statistics, puts the Nokia 3110c on top, followed by the Samsung M800 in 2nd and the Nokia 6300 in 3rd place. On the whole, smartphones account for… Read More

  • Google's Strategy In Japan: Avoid Yahoo And Take Over The Mobile Web First

    Google's Strategy In Japan: Avoid Yahoo And Take Over The Mobile Web First

    Google may be the leader in the worldwide search engine market, but in Nippon, it has some catching up to do: In 2007, Yahoo Japan saw a whopping 76% of the nearly 350 billion search engine and portal-related pageviews registered in the country, clearly outperforming Google (second with 5.4%, according to Nielsen Japan). More recently, ComScore shows that in July, Yahoo Japan had ten times as… Read More

  • Cricket introduces mobile video service for five bucks

    Cricket introduces mobile video service for five bucks

    Cricket today announced a new level of service to their unlimited talk and data plans. The 5-dollar a month plan is available immediately and allows users to view one-to-four-minute-long video clips directly from select handsets. Plans are pretty cheap at the growing wireless provider, starting at $45 for unlimited access. Even if the 5-buck charge is thrown on top, it’s still a pretty good… Read More

  • How Disney Mobile Is Succeeding In Japan (After Failing In the U.S.)

    How Disney Mobile Is Succeeding In Japan (After Failing In the U.S.)

    Disney embarked on a cellular phone business in the US as early as June 2006 but pulled the plug at the end of last year, citing delays in the spread of 3G networks as the major reason. In March this year, Disney carried out another attempt, but this time in Japan, where the brand has been super-popular for decades now. Disney Japan teamed up with local telecom conglomerate SoftBank to become the… Read More

  • Japan's Kao Chekki (Face Check) Proves That Vanity Apps Know No Boundaries

    Japan's Kao Chekki (Face Check) Proves That Vanity Apps Know No Boundaries

    On Facebook, there is no shortage of apps that tell you what celebrity you look like based on your photo (FaceDouble is the most popular), but in Japan we like our vanity apps on our mobile phones. After all, the camera is built in. Take the case of Kao Chekki (Face Check) by J-Magic, a web company that was totally unknown until the end of April 2007, when it caused a Japan-wide frenzy with its… Read More

 
  • Sharemo: How Japanese people share used stuff using their cell phones

    Sharemo: How Japanese people share used stuff using their cell phones

    Swapping sites are nothing new (see Dig N’ Swap), but in Japan we like to trade our junk via our mobile phones. That is what the Japanese social sharing service Sharemo is all about. The site’s ambitious idea is to contribute to overcoming Japan’s throwaway society. This is how it works: Users can offer any item they don’t need anymore (DVDs, comics and clothes are… Read More

  • Mobage-town: Japan’s Biggest Mobile-Only Social Network

    Mobage-town: Japan’s Biggest Mobile-Only Social Network

    There is a lot of hype and hope in the U.S. around taking social networks mobile, but mobile social networking is still in the fledgling stages in the West. In Japan, it is already a reality. One company in particular, DeNA, has taken Japan by storm with its mobile SNS/virtual world/gaming platform Mobage-town. DeNA opened a US office in San Mateo earlier this year, with plans to offer an English… Read More

  • Japan’s super-advanced mobile web: Too unique to serve as a global blueprint?

    Japan’s super-advanced mobile web: Too unique to serve as a global blueprint?

    Over one billion cell phones have been sold worldwide in the last year, but in the US or Europe, the mobile Internet is still catching on relatively slowly. There even was a heated debate in the blogosphere just recently whether the mobile web has a future at all. However, this has never been a question in one specific region of the world: In Japan, since 2006 more people have been accessing the… Read More

  • W3C releases mobile Web recommendations

    W3C releases mobile Web recommendations

    The World Wide Web consortium or W3C announced new standards that it hopes will make mobile Web browsing easier. Published as a W3C recommendation, the groups says it Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0 “condenses the experience of many mobile Web stakeholders into practical advice on creating mobile-friendly content.” Dominique Hazaël-Massieux, leader of the W3C Mobile Web Activity… Read More

  • More on the state of the mobile web

    More on the state of the mobile web

    Webmonkey has posted a nice pro/con list of the ever-evolving mobile Web experience. While we all agree using the Web on mobile phones (from the iPhone to the Instinct) has come a long way, its still not good enough to chuck the laptop. So despite the handiness of quick reference sites, mobile e-mail and GPS directions, getting real work done on tiny screens isn’t very practical, reading… Read More

  • Advertising and marketing on the go

    Advertising and marketing on the go

    Hey, how many iPhone 3G’s were sold during that first weekend? Oh, that’s right. How could I forget? IT WAS ONE MILLION, in case you didn’t hear. Well, now with so many users accessing the Mobile Web, some are saying that it has reached a “critical mass”. Images of plutonium accidents race through my head, but in reality it has more to do with marketing and… Read More

  • iPhone browser count rockets past WinMo

    iPhone browser count rockets past WinMo

    I guess people can’t be having that hard of a time inputting web addresses on that fiddly keyboard, because the total people browsing with an iPhone has passed up the years-old WinMo for an impressive 0.09 percent of the browser market. Just below the iPhone, Windows CE accounts for 0.06 percent, and just above it is Windows ME, amazingly enough, with 0.43 percent. This could change, though… Read More

  • Facebook finally goes mobile

    Facebook finally goes mobile

    I love Facebook, and I love the mobile Web. That is why I’m on my knees thanking Facebook for the new mobile version at m.facebook.com. It’s one of the best looking and most functional mobile social networking sites out there. From it, you can do pretty much anything you can do on Facebook proper; check your email, poke your friends, view photos, all of it. And it’s fast, so even… Read More

  • Mippin monetises feeds for mobile

    Mippin monetises feeds for mobile

    Yesterday I went along (proof) to the demo by Refresh Mobile of their new service: Mippin. Refresh – backed by Accel Partners – is best known for creating the Mobizines service (which in many ways almost became a noun in it’s own right) only last year. The idea there was that site owners could have their content wrapped in a Mobizine java client and have advertising set against… Read More

  • O2 wins UK iPhone? Fever mounts

    O2 wins UK iPhone? Fever mounts

    Until an Apple person stands up in front of a bank of journalists and bloggers tomorrow and utters the name of the carrier to win the iPhone, we won’t know for definite. However it is hard to ignore the wave of stories out today naming 02 as the network, with Carphone Warehouse as the independent distributor. These chime in with our own story that 02 won the iPhone deal some weeks ago, after… Read More