Nokia has scythed off another part of its business, selling its operator-branded messaging service - which provides email, IM and social networking systems to carriers including Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile USA - to Synchronica, a mobile messaging specialist based in the UK. The deal will see Nokia hand over multiple contracts for the white label service, along with the Nokia Messaging source code for clients and servers.
Everyone I know has a mobile phone of some sort. Even my grandmother and mom have one, even though they rarely answer the phones. When it comes to the segment of the population most likely to have and use smartphones it's the younger and tech savvy that are most often leaving the landline behind for mobile phones only. The latest FCC wireless communications report has been published and sheds a bit of light on the number of users leaving landlines behind.
Sony Ericsson has unveiled a trio of new devices, including a pair of Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphones and a QWERTY featurephone for the messaging-obsessed. The Sony Ericsson XPERIA ray looks a whole lot like the X10, but is considerably smaller, Crave reports, with a 3.3-inch 854 x 480 touchscreen, 9.4mm thick chassis and 100g weight.
Apple could feasibly buy the bulk of its competitors using its cash reserves alone, it's been suggested, with only Samsung proving beyond its reach should Steve Jobs decide to go on a bizarre cellular spending spree. Asymco crunched the stats and figured that, with Apple likely to announce $70bn in cash and other immediate assets in its Q2 2011 financial results, it could readily snap up Nokia, RIM, LG, Motorola Mobility, Sony Ericsson and LG.
There are undoubtedly some very strange gadgets in China. I have seen more than a few that offer smells or allow the user to spray scents on a special part of the device. Each time I see something that offers smells for the user, I wonder if it smells particularly bad in some areas of the world. The new phone is called the F-022 and Folli Follie is a popular brand in China for watches, jewelry and other accessories for women.
Sony Ericsson has announced a pair of new feature-phones, though while the Mix Walkman and txt pro may look like they're running Android, in fact they've just borrowed the skin from the XPERIA mini. Both the QWERTY-toting txt pro and the all-touch Mix Walkman get 3-inch 400 x 240 displays and 3.2-megapixel cameras, FM radios, quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (though no 3G) and a microSD card slot.
Nokia has already frustrated recent Symbian device owners today, by releasing the Anna-toting E6 and X7 but not an upgrade for existing handsets to the newest version of the platform. Now the company is upsetting investors, with a warning that its Q2 2011 financial results will be worse than previously expected. Demand for existing handsets has slumped, leading Nokia to predict net sales "substantially below" the earlier estimate of €6.1bn to €6.6bn.
Details on Nokia's alleged phone and tablet strategy for 2012 and 2013 have emerged, suggesting that the company is indeed looking to Windows 8 for its slates and that Maemo 6 will be rolled out for one final hurrah before being effectively dropped. Arch insider Eldar Murtazin has spilt the beans, claiming that Nokia is looking to release 5-7 mid-to-high end Symbian^3 handsets in 2012, along with a single tablet.
According to Bloomberg sources, Intel may be attempting to secure a spot for their mobile chips by first infiltrating the Chinese phone market. Their sources claim that Intel has submitted designs of a handset based on a version of Intel's Atom microprocessor. The phone will be manufactured by ZTE Corp and may go on sale in China.