Friday, October 30, 2009

Google releases Android 2.0

Google announced the release of its Android 2.0 software development kit, touting a series of enhancements for users and developers. Major additions to Android 2.0 include Quick Contact, which provides instant access to a contact's information and communication modes eg, users can tap a photo and select whether to call, text or email the individual in question. Other applications like Email, Messaging and Calendar can also reveal the Quick Contact widget upon touching a contact photo or status icon.

Android 2.0 additionally boasts support for Exchange, a combined inbox to browse email from multiple accounts in one page and search functionality for all saved SMS and MMS messages.

Android 2.0 also boosts camera functionality, introducing built-in flash support, digital zoom, scene mode and related visual effects. An improved keyboard promises to simplify text input and improve typing speed, while the framework's multi-touch support guarantees key presses aren't missed during two-finger typing sessions--in addition, an improved dictionary learns from word usage, and automatically includes contact names as suggestions.

Perhaps the most significant browser enhancement in Android 2.0 arrives via support for HTML5, which enables browser-based applications to behave more like native apps. The update also adds a refreshed UI with actionable browser URL bar, enabling users to directly tap the address bar for instant searches and navigation, as well as bookmarks with web page thumbnails and support for double-tap zoom.

For developers, Android 2.0 introduces new APIs for sync and Bluetooth. Using the new sync, account manager and contacts APIs, you can write applications to enable users to sync their devices to various contact sources. You can also give users a faster way to communicate with others by embedding Quick Contact within your application. With the new Bluetooth API, you can now easily add peer-to-peer connectivity or gaming to your applications.

The updated Android SDK is available for download here.

This video shows you the highlights from the latest Android platform release.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Apple's App Store launches 2010 Volkswagen GTI

With its launch of the Real Racing GTI App for the 2010 VW GTI, Volkswagen is the first automaker to launch a car in the Apple App Store. The game is free to download, and features tie-ins to Twitter so that gamers can upload screenshots of their progress to their followers.

What’s more, playing the Real Racing GTI App could get you an actual 2010 VW GTI for free. Volkswagen has launched a contest to go along with the iPhone and iPod Touch game; one limited-edition fully-customized 2010 GTI will be given away each week to the top user.

Brilliant mobile marketing execution.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Thoora - New Media Reporting

Thoora news is an unconventional reporting website that uses non-mainstream sources to decide what is hot.

Thoora news uses a complicated, real-time algorithm to filter, rank and post content from different blogs, Twitter posts, as well as comments and which websites/stories are garnering the most traffic.

Thoora news is an easy to use media site that foists little known blogs and websites into the front and center for all to see.

Monday, October 26, 2009

The reality of shopping on Nokia Ovi Store

The talented Mr Ben Smith over at The Really Mobile Project has used one of those super flash cartoon animation services to script his experience of shopping at the Ovi Store.

At the end of the video Ben points out that the Really Mobile team have spent over £40 on applications at the Ovi Store. But they’ve only managed to download 1 application successfully.
The team had collectively submitted 4 support requests asking for help and guess what they got ONE response! The other three were apparently IGNORED! oh God....

The reality is shopping and making a purchase on the Ovi store is a real pain. The worst part about it is that if you read the fine print it says that once you buy an app you own it and the only way to get your money back is if the app is defectifve or not advertised correctly in terms of its features. If you want your money back you have to provide proof of purchase and it could take 30 days or more to see your money back!!

If Nokia wants to compete in this space, they seriously need to simplify the buying experience and even more important improving its customer support. Enjoy the clip.

We go shopping in Nokia's OVI Store from The Really Mobile Project on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Beauty Contest in China?

What do you reckon the above is? Beauty contest? Almost, its really the Chinese way of selecting their best of the best to become a "Train Attendant in China!"

You got to look pretty regardless of whether you are serving on a plane or train or even joining the cadet. It pays to be pretty in China!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pixar Intro Parody has done it again, this time with their original Pixar Intro Parody. Pixar Intro Parody is a must-see animation short. Take out a minute and a half out of your day for some much deserved laughter and enjoy the show.

Friday, October 23, 2009

U.S. Leading the Global Mobile Data Boom

China and India may be well on their way to dominating the voice world with billions of users, but when it comes to mobile data, U.S. companies are leading the charge, showing strong growth both in terms of overall traffic and revenue, according to data collected by our friend Chetan Sharma, who is a member of the GigaOM Pro Analyst Network. A lot of the growth in the U.S. is coming as a result of the availability of 3G services, flat-rate data plans and of course, mobile devices such as the iPhone. Here are some interesting findings from Sharma’s report for the first half of 2009:

  • Mobile data now accounts for 25 percent of total global service revenue.
  • Verizon is the second-largest carrier in terms of mobile data, edging past China Mobile and closing in on NTT DoCoMo, which had revenues of $8 billion.
  • U.S. data revenues were $20.6 billion vs. $16 billion for Japan and $8.6 billion for China during the first six months of this year.
  • Top 10 global wireless carriers now account for 63 percent of global mobile data revenue.
  • Biggest mobile growth was registered by Verizon, AT&T and Softbank. Two out of those three companies sell iPhones.
  • Data revenue for the overall industry was up 10 percent from the second half of 2008, showing that the current craze for smartphones is helping to boost mobile Internet usage.
This wireless data boom, while creating many bottlenecks, also spells opportunity for companies big and small. From backhaul service providers to little app developers, the entire mobile ecosystem has been re-energized.

In related news, market research firm Telegeography notes that China Mobile not only has the largest number of mobile subscribers — 503 million – it also leads the world in terms of wireless revenue. And it’s pushed Vodafone to the No. 2 two spot.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Morgan Stanley's Mary Meeker - Mobile Internet is BIG

If you ever had doubts about how big mobile internet is going to be, check out this presentation by Morgan Stanley’s Mary Meeker. It’s one of those presentations that you just want to tell everyone about.

Mary's mobile internet take away :
  1. Mobile internet is bigger than you think.
  2. iPhone is becoming THE mobile platform.
  3. Social media, mobile devices are changing communications and commerce.
  4. Mobile internet trends in Japan show how the future will be.
  5. Carriers will be crushed by demand.
  6. The Walled Gardens collapse.
  7. Apple wins, Google maybe wins, Research In Motion withers
Mary Meeker's Internet Presentation 2009

Mary Meeker emphasized how Facebook has been the “largest share gainer of online usage over the past 3 years” and is now serving as the new communications platform for a large percentage of internet users while Twitter is gaining some ground.

What is driving the phenomena growth is mobile and the attention is shifting in a big way to mobile devices. To highlight this shift, Meeker referenced Mixi, Japan’s largest social network. Mixi has seen desktop usage shrink and mobile usage explode as overall usage across the site increased since 2006. Facebook has also experienced tremendous mobile growth over the past year with over 65 million mobile users according to the company. This trend is expected to continue and if the U.S. mimics Japan’s trends, we’ll most likely see Facebook usage shift from desktop to mobile.

In short, mobile will be BIG. Be prepared for the evolution.

Check out below the video summary of Mary's presentation via The Business Insider.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Free Best Practices and Tips for Twitter in PDF

Mark O’Neill, publishing editor of tackles every Twitter feature, tip and trick you can think of. Learn to work the interface, to Tweet from your desktop, cool Twitter bots and funniest people to follow. With this free manual, Mark will make sure you get your black belt in Twitter.

Download The Complete Guide to Twitter now in PDF, or read it online on, no price and no strings attached.

Monday, October 19, 2009

J.D. Power - Apple is best consumer/business smartphone

According to a J.D. Power study, Apple has been named number one in consumer satisfaction in the consumer and business smartphone market while LG is number one in the traditional feature phone market.

Based on a set of criteria, Apple scored highest over LG and Blackberry in the business category and highest in the consumer smartphone category, over second-place RIM.

LG ranked highest in satisfaction in the feature phone market.

Consumer smartphone users ranked Wi-Fi, touchscreen, and GPS as the most important features in a smartphone and 40 percent of the 1,148 respondents claimed to have replaced their landlines with cell phones. About half download entertainment software while 46 percent have downloaded travel apps like weather and maps.

You can read more about the study here.

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Microsoft Windows Phone commercial

What do you think of the commercial? Personally i think the commercial is just poorly executed, even the music sounds not right.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Humor : iPhone has an App for Everything

This cheeky video of a custom President Obama iPhone proves that there really is an app for everyone. This presidential mobile phone has an app for welcoming in a new puppy, an interactive map of the White House grounds and a Dog Whistler app for when Bo gets out of line. There’s even a BlackBerry taped to the back!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Lufthansa is tweeting too

Lufthansa MySkyStatus allows you to automatically post the current position of your flight to Twitter or Facebook so your friends can follow your travels. Its a fun way for your friends to keep tabs on you while you’re globe-trotting. Surely works for me.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Google has just released AdSense for high-end mobile phones. It’s a way for advertisers to places ads beside content that is browsed on smartphones, a move that further highlights the search engine giant’s strategy for mobile: It wants to target high-end mobile users. Check the video below.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Google Wave Explained on Video

Most of you would had probably heard of Google Wave by now and if you are still unsure what its and how it works, check out this video below. The video below does a pretty good job explaining a potential use case for Wave and its by a third-party, Epipheo Studios.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Did You Know 4.0

This is another official update to the original "Shift Happens" video. This new version includes facts and stats focusing on the changing media landscape, including convergence and technology, and was developed in partnership with The Economist.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

China’s 60th Anniversary - 1949 vs 2009

Fast Company created a graphic delineating the statistical differences in a number of areas between China now and then :

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Axe Day & Night - Well executed SMS campaign

It is pretty simple and absolutely brilliant execution : To launch a new deodorant in Uruguay, the Lowe Ginkgo agency in Montevideo created an incomplete ad. The ad showed a semi naked girl in a sexy position with half the picture concealed.

To reveal the blank spaces, users are requested to input "AXE" to a specific shortcode after 9pm.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pay for Your Next Starbucks Drink on Your iPhone

The Starbucks card mobile application is the latest in iPhone apps and allows customers to pay right from their mobile phones, getting them that much closer to that instant java fix. The application works like any other Starbucks card and gets charged to your credit card.

Starbucks has another application in the works, myStarbucks, that gives users recipes to their favorite coffees and drinks and also helps choose your next Starbucks latte when you are feeling a bit indecisive.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Vodafone getting social with new 360 brand

Vodafone is aiming to refashion its mobile web business around the address book and social networking with the launch of its Vodafone 360 brand.

The new product suite, announced recently integrates users’ diverse address books, photos and social networking updates and provides automatic synching.

Samsung has built two dedicated Vodafone 360 handsets, using the Linux-based LiMo, with a “proximity algorithm” that will highlight the most frequently-contacted people. It will be launched in eight European markets by the end of the year, with launches in India, Turkey, South Africa, and other markets next year.

At launch four Nokia Symbian smartphones will come pre-loaded with Vodafone 360, and part or all of the service will be downloadable to more than 100 handset models. It automatically synchs all contacts from a customer’s phone, Facebook, Windows Live Messenger and Google Talk, and will soon also include Twitter, Hyves and studiVZ. It also synchs wirelessly between the phone and the PC or Mac.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Celeb ‘Save A Tit’ campaign

Along with Jaime King, the cast includes Alyson Hannigan, Emily Deschanel, Kat McPhee, and Minka Kelly. At a slumber party, the girls check themselves and each other for lumps. The Booby Scare video sends a funny but serious message at the end: “Touch a tit, save a tit. Do you monthly breast exam.”

Sushipedia - A World of Sushi

Love sushi? then check this iPhone app called Sushipedia, developed by Tokiolabs, the pixel version of every possible sushi that you can find in a japanese restaurant.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009

China Telecom Vendors conquering the World

Huawei Technologies has lined up a $30 billion credit line from the China Development Bank (CDB) to help it win telecom contracts abroad. The two companies yesterday signed a “strategic partnership agreement”, expanding a $10 billion loan deal from 2004, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Earlier this year Huawei’s smaller rival ZTE secured $15 billion in credit from the CDB and another $10 billion from the Export-Import Bank of China, also to help it win foreign contracts.

The lines of credit create a huge war chest for the two suppliers, enabling them to extend low-interest loans to help their customers many of whom are in emerging markets, or are feeling the effects of the recession to buy their equipment.

CDB was putting into practice the government’s globalization strategy. As a major medium to long-term investment bank, CDB implements the country’s globalization strategy, supporting strong companies to expand their businesses abroad.

Since the financial crisis broke a year ago, Huawei and ZTE had grasped the “counter-cyclical development opportunity” to win business from foreign service providers. No wonder they are the leading players in emerging markets having in excess of 60% market share in Africa.