Roundup: Bluepulse, MocoSpace, Nokia, Yahoo, SmartCam, Google, Makayama, and tchart development

September 5, 2007 at 6:40 pm

Some key announcements from the last week or so include; social networking companies raising funds, Nokia moving into Internet services, Yahoo providing free SMS and purchase of ad company, more Gphone rumors and a few neat applications to beat speed cameras, watch video, and watch yourself.

Social networking application Bluepulse has raised US$6 million. The company claims close to 100 million page views per month. The announcement was accompanied by information from Juniper Research that mobile social network subscribers will accelerate from 14 million in 2007 to 600 million in 2012.

MocoSpace, another social networking mobile company has raised US$3 million.

Nokia has made a series of announcements including; introduction of the Ovi brand to represent their expanding focus on Internet services in addition to mobile devices, also announced was the Nokia Music Store which offers music downloads and streaming services. Tracks for purchase start at 1 euro with access from both the PC and mobile devices. Also announced is a mobile gaming service, N-Gage, which uses a mobile application that provides access to N-Gage games and includes free trial options. The N-Gage service will be launched in November this year.

Yahoo has announced free SMS and instant messaging from a Yahoo mail account to mobile phones in US, Canada, India and Phillippines.

A neat freeware application called SmartCam that will turn your Symbian mobile into a webcam has been released. Your PC must be Windows XP.

Reports of a Google phone or GPhone have predicted that a launch in India may be as close as two weeks away. This adds to speculation from early last month fuelled by Google hiring for mobile specialists and their involvement in upcoming US spectrum auctions.

Makayama has produced an application that converts content recorded using Microsoft Media Center to formats suitable for viewing on your mobile phone or mobile device. The application transfers the content when you physically insert your memory card into your Media Center, thus mobile data charges and low quality video issues disappear.

A company called tchart development has produced an application called Speed Sentry for GPS enabled Pocket PC and Windows Mobile phones that provides speed and speed camera alerts when driving. The application costs US$15 and is available to “try before you buy”.

Yahoo has bought a mobile advertising company Actionality that inserts ads into games and other applications for use on mobile phones.

Richard T.
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