At this year’s Mobile World Congress 24 telecom operators have formed a Wholesale Application Community to build an open platform that delivers applications to all mobile phone users. The 24 include AT&T, Bharti Airtel, MTN Group, NTT Docomo, Telefonica, Telenor Group and Vodafone to name a few. GSMA and device manufacturers LG Electronics, Samsung and Sony Ericsson also support the initiative. The partnership between these telcos is to help developers deliver the latest applications and services to the widest possible customer base around the world.
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Updated: Adobe Announces Adobe Air and Adobe Flash for Mobile
Update: The Symbian Foundation has announced that it will be joining the Open Screen Project. The project led by Adobe is dedicated to enabling the Adobe Flash Platform across devices. With Symbian joining the initiative, users of Symbian based devices will be able to experience the large amount to Flash based content on the Internet.
Adobe has announced the launch of Adobe Air and Adobe Flash 10.1 beta for mobile. Flash Player 10.1 will allow web browsing of expressive applications, content and high definition videos across tablet devices, smartphones, netbooks, smartbooks, desktops and other consumer electronics. Platforms that will support the full Flash Player include Android, Blackberry, Symbian, Palm webOS and Windows Mobile. Adobe Air includes functionality such as multi-touch, gesture inputs, accelerometer, geo-location and screen orientation. Developers will be able to create, test and deliver applications to multiple devices and operating systems using a single tool chain and API set across platforms using Flash Platform tooling and the Adobe Creative Suite. With the help of Adobe Flash Professional CS5 and Adobe Packager for iPhone, developers can reuse their iPhone application code to create the same application for Android.
Here’s the link to the Live Video Feed From Mobile World Congress (you have to register, though).
Samsung Launches Wave: To Expand Apps
Samsung has unveiled Wave, a smart phone based on the company’s mobile operationg system Bada. The phone comes with a 5MP camera and a 1Ghz processor. The phone will be available from April.
Samsung claims that the Super AMOLED offers much brighter, clearer, and less reflective AMOLED OnCell display, featuring a high resolution WVGA (800×480 pixels) screen with mDNIe (mobile Digital Natural Image engine) technology. DNIe technology is used in Samsung’s LCD TV and LED TV lineups. The phone also includes communities Social Hub, integrating all major portal’s emails, IM and SNS services directly into the Samsung Wave. The TouchWiz 3.0 UI claims to offer an intuitive user experience, and includes new features such as motion UI, Smart Unlock and customizable widget screen. In terms of video, it has multi-codec support for DivX Xvid, MP4 and WMV, and support for virtual 5.1 surround sound delivery. It also incorporates Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi 802.11n standard.
Samsung’s Bada platform allows mobile users to simply and easily download an abundance of applications from Samsung Apps, an integrated application store accessible from the device and online. Featuring a wealth of games, navigation, social networking, e-book, health and lifestyle applications, Samsung Apps gives users instant access to a huge choice of mobile experiences.Samsung mobile apps are available in UK, France, Italy, Singapore, Germany, Brazil and China, and have targeted an expansion to than 50 countries all over the world in 2010.
Contactless Payments Systems Demo’ed
GSMA, Samsung Electronics, Telefonica and Visa along with Giesecke & Devrient, Ingenico, ITN International and La Caixa demonstrated contactless payments through SIM based NFC payments pilot. The companies provided 400 Samsung Star NFC handsets with Telefonica SIM cards from o2 preloaded with 60 Euros airtime credit and La Caixa Visa Mobile Payment Application to participants for use at the Congress. The phones can be used to pay for food and drinks up to a value of 75 Euros at 30 different merchants around the Congress.
Navteq Launches Navteq Traffic In UK
Navteq has announced the launch of Navteq Trafiic in the United Kingdom. Navteq Traffic in UK will deliver real time traffic information to major cities including Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester. NAVTEQ Traffic in the United Kingdom includes data from Trafficmaster’s network of 7,500 traffic sensors, covering 8,000 miles of U.K. motorways and 95 percent of its trunk or arterial roads. In addition, NAVTEQ is extending coverage and quality by adding complementary data sources including GPS data from commercial fleets and consumer devices. GPS data from Nokia, as well as other popular European devices and handsets, will be integrated into the NAVTEQ Traffic solution this year.
SanDisk Introduces iNAND Embedded Flash Drives
SanDisk introduced the new SanDisk iNAND embedded flash drives with support for e.MMC 4.4 specifications. The drives offer capacity of up to 64 GB on a single device which can be used for boot, system code and mass storage. The company states that these drives are specifically designed for advanced smartphones that have storage intensive content such as movies, music, imaging, gaming, GPS data, business apps etc.
Zerista released its mobile social networking application. The platform has content-sharing and collaboration features, and the aggregation of public media in one integrated feed. Zerista’s event networking platform integrates web-based and mobile content. The application is cloud-based and hence platform agnostic.
BelAir Networks announced BelAir 100N wireless access point, a carrier-grade dual radio 802.11n WiFi AP designed to provide high capacity data offload to releive mobile networks congestion. Operators can add 20 Gbps of incremental mobile data capacity per square mile letting users enjoy broadband mobility without network congestion.