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MWC 2011 Update: GSMA-Neustar, NAVTEQ, RCS, IVONA, Gfk NIS, SPB TV, Glu Mobile, Openwave-Amobee, Smarterphone

– The GSMA and Neustar, a company that provides carriers and enterprises with solutions for sending calls, messages, and content across networks worldwide, announced that they will work with Twitter, Inc. to ensure subscribers can reliably access their Twitter stream in real-time – even when they change mobile operators – by using the GSMA PathFinder Service. Press Release

– Mapping and LBS company NAVTEQ announced that its global coverage of NAVTEQ Traffic real-time information service now spans five continents.Within the last quarter the company has launched six new countries around the world: Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Spain and United Arab Emirates. NAVTEQ Traffic is now available in 23* countries. Press Release

– The GSMA introduced a new version of Rich Communication Suite (RCS) that will enable mobile phone customers to use instant messaging (IM), live video sharing and file transfer across any device on any network operator. Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefónica and Vodafone intend to commercially launch RCS across several European markets from late 2011, and additional operators are expected to launch later in 2012.  It is based on a specification put forward by Bharti, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Orascom Telecom, SK Telecom, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telenor and Vodafone which aims to lower the hurdle and speed up the market introduction and adoption of these services. Press Release

IVONA Text to Speech, a developer and provider of text-to-speech technology, unveiled IVONA for Developers, a free online resource for mobile applications developers seeking to integrate voices into text-to-speech (TTS) services. The portal, offers access to the IVONA Speech Cloud Service and Software Development Kits (SDK) for Android, Windows Phone 7 and Linux, with iOS, QNX and RIM/BlackBerry planned for introduction. Press Release

– The GfK Network Intelligence Solution (GfK NIS) service revealed findings of a research method that analyses mobile behaviour via operators’ IP traffic. The survey measured more than 20 million website visits in four European countries to discover that Android users were the most ‘web intensive‘ with an average of 9.1 daily site visits per user, compared to iPhone (8.0), BlackBerry (5.7) and Symbian (5.2), the latter utilised more as a ‘feature’ phone as opposed to a ‘smart’ phone. Press Release

SPB Software, announced a major update to its mobile TV solution – SPB TV 3.0, an app store-like publishing platform designed for TV channels, which offers broadcasters and content owners the opportunity to distribute content on mobile devices worldwide. Mobile operators with existing catalogs can expand their offering to include enhanced support for premium channels and Video-on-Demand. Press Release

Glu Mobile Inc. , a publisher of social games for smartphone and tablets, announced two games developed specifically for the Android 3.0, Honeycomb, platform and optimized on the NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 mobile super chip: Gun Bros and Glyder 2. While Gun Bros features more realistic shading, ambient lighting, environmental effects and Open GL 3D graphics, Glyder 2 offers better 3D graphics and accelerometer powered controls. Press Release

Openwave Systems, a software provider delivering context-aware mediation and messaging solutions, announced a collaboration arrangement with Amobee Media Systems, a  mobile advertising platform, in which the parties intend to develop an end-to-end advertising ecosystem solution for interested mobile operators. The arrangement will combine Openwave’s Amplicity™ platform and Amobee’s carrier-grade mobile advertising platform. Press Release

Smarterphone announced version 3.0 of Smarterphone OS, an operating system for mobile phones in the $25 to $75 price segment. The OS is designed to run efficiently on
limited resource hardware, yet still offering attractive and intuitive user interfaces. Press Release

MWC 2011 Updates: Marvell, Bolt Browser, Gemalto, Orga System, Visa, Oberthur-Airtel Africa, comScore, Sidebar-UTV Indiagames, Myriad, ZTE
MWC 2011: Samsung; Sony Ericsson; Qualcomm; Access; VeriFone, appMobi, Skype Access, GSMA, Navteq, ooVoo

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