Mobile Applications

China Mobile courts overseas users with mobile app

Reuters

China Mobile International, a unit of China Mobile, has launched an application it hopes will win business from millions of overseas Chinese and others communicating with China.

The app, Jego, allows anyone outside China with an Android or iOS smartphone and a data connection to receive free incoming calls on a China Mobile (Beijing, China) number, if they have one, or via a rented number if they don't. They can also make cheap international calls using the app.

SoftBank buys $1.5 billion stake in Finnish mobile games maker Supercell

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Japanese tech and telecoms group SoftBank Corp is paying 150 billion yen ($1.53 billion) for a 51 percent stake in Finnish mobile game maker Supercell, valuing the small maker of hit games "Clash of Clans" and "Hay Day" at $3 billion.

Softbank's (Tokyo, Japan) bid to claim a leading role in the fast-growing mobile games market makes 3-year-old Supercell (Helsinki, Finland), with about 100 employees and just two free-to-play games, more valuable than Zynga Inc (San Francisco, CA, USA), the $2.8 billion company behind former hits such as "FarmVille."

App connects bike owners with renters

Reuters

As the bicycle makes a major comeback in cities across the globe, a new app is making sure that no bike collects dust in a garage.

Cyclists in more than 500 cities worldwide have access to rentals thanks to the growing popularity of city bike sharing services that provide convenient and affordable access to bicycles, according to the environmental group Earth Policy Institute.

But a new iPhone app called Spinlister is aiming to connect bicycle owners with people who want to rent different types of bicycles and for longer periods of time.

Nokia Siemens and CDNetworks partner on content delivery

Nokia Siemens Networks has signed a memorandum of understanding with CDNetworks, a provider of web services, that will see the two companies collaborate on the development of a new content delivery service for mobile broadband operators.

The two companies are to work on improving an existing service from Nokia Siemens Networks (Helsinki, Finland) called Liquid Applications, which allows operators to tailor content and applications depending on a customer’s service preferences and usage profile.

Deutsche Telekom seeks to attract developers of cloud-based M2M apps

With the cloud and M2M both integral to Deutsche Telekom’s growth strategy, the German operator is keen to publicize its launch of development kits for cloud-based M2M applications.

The kits consist of Arduino or Cinterion boards with GSM chips, SIM cards and access to the M2M Developer Platform.

Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) is also relaunching its M2M Developer Community – its portal for developing M2M products and services – with new functionality.

Automotive apps to generate $1.67 billion by 2018: ABI Research

The number of automotive apps downloaded in cars will jump from around 12 million at the end of 2012 to some 4.3 billion by the end of 2018, generating revenues of $1.67 globally, according to a new study from ABI Research.

The market-research company thinks apps will have a revolutionary impact on the connected cars market, which has seen relatively modest growth so far, with car companies struggling to generate revenue from monthly subscriptions.

Orange becomes first French operator to launch joyn

France Telecom-Orange has added its name to the small but growing list of operators to have launched services based on joyn, the brand name for the Rich Communications Services-enhanced (RCS-e) standard backed by industry body the GSM Association (GSMA).

The operator has launched joyn in its home territory of France, becoming the first French operator to do so, and says customers using the service will be able to chat and make file transfers during calls.

Saudi Arabia plans to block Whatsapp within weeks

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Saudi Arabia plans to block Internet-based communication tool WhatsApp within weeks if the U.S.-based firm fails to comply with requirements set by the kingdom's telecom regulator, local newspapers reported this week.

This month the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) banned Viber, another such tool, which like WhatsApp is hard for the state to monitor and deprives telecom companies of revenue from international calls and texts.

Saudi Arabia bans Viber web communication tool

Reuters

Saudi Arabia's telecom regulator has banned use of the web-based communication application Viber, which is hard for the state to monitor and deprives licensed telecom companies of revenue from international calls and texts.

"The Viber application has been suspended ... and the (regulator) affirms it will take appropriate action against any other applications or services if they fail to comply with regulatory requirements and rules in force in the kingdom," the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) said in a statement on its website.

Europe M2M revenues to grow by 33% to 2016: Frost & Sullivan

With Europe at the forefront of the M2M revolution, revenues from M2M services are expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 33% between 2011 and 2016 in a selection of European markets, including Germany, France, Poland, Russia, Sweden and the UK.

Such is the finding of new research from Frost & Sullivan, which reckons the number of SIM connections will rise to 75 million in 2016, with the UK emerging as the biggest market and Germany a close second.

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