Vodafone is tapping emerging markets and developing markets with two self-branded handsets in the range of USD $15-$20. In the first phase, the phones will be launched in India and six markets in Africa, including The Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Qatar, South Africa and Tanzania. In India, it is expected that device availability will reach 60% of the population.
Location-enabled services have shown dramatic growth in the past twelve months. As GPS is integrated into more handsets, many mobile services use location to provide valuable context for the user experience, whether seeing information on a map, finding places nearby or getting directions. Mobile-browser provider Opera Software has partnered with California-based deCarta to bring maps, local search and travel routes to Opera browsers. Under the agreement, Opera can refer its users to access maps, local search and travel routes quickly, localised for their region.
Communications operators are working on creating competitive edge by providing innovative services while lowering operating costs and minimising risks. In a bid to increase revenue generation by way of Value Added Services (VAS), Aircel is deploying Oracle's Communications Services Gatekeeper and Fusion Middleware solutions to create a scalable, personalized content delivery platform.
Adobe Systems announced advancements to the Adobe Flash Platform including the unveiling of Adobe AIR on mobile devices, a runtime for standalone applications to come out of the Open Screen Project. According to a Strategy Analytics analysis from January 2010, more than 250 million smartphones are expected to support the full Flash Player by the end 2012. Mobile platforms that will support the full Flash Player include Android, the BlackBerry® platform, Symbian® OS, Palm® webOS and Windows Mobile.
Micro Focus has announced four new Cobol products to allow developers to utilize Cobol tools directly from within Visual Studio 2010. The new products are to aimed at helping application developers analyze, develop and test code, simplifying their tasks and challenges.
MSI has become the first original equipment manufacturer to sell a fully-supported Intel Atom processor-based netbook running Moblin-based technology to consumers. MSI and Novell has announced the upcoming availability of SUSE® Moblin – a mashup of Moblin and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop -- preloaded on the MSI U135 netbook, thus addressing the growing demand for lightweight, mobile netbook devices.
Moblin v2.1 for Intel Atom processor-based netbooks and nettops release includes significant feature additions and improvements including enhanced browser functionality and plug-in support, UI enhancements, support for 3G data connections, Bluetooth* device management, input method support for localized languages, integrated application installer for the Moblin Garage, performance and stability improvements, and additional overall help and documentation.
Intel has announced a new opportunity for developers to earn money by writing netbook applications via the Intel® Atom Developer Program community, and selling their applications through future application stores. Developers were told to look for a software development kit (SDK) to help them develop applications and components for netbooks.
To encourage the creation of innovative applications for Intel® Atom™ processor-based products, Intel Corporation has launched the Intel® Atom™ Developer Program for independent software vendors (ISVs) and developers.
The wait is finally over for developers who want to write Microsoft Silverlight applications using Eclipse. Microsoft has announced a release candidate for an open source development toolset for the Eclipse development environment -- which itself is available in free and commercial versions -- that enables programmers to build applications that use Silverlight front-ends without having to rely on Visual Studio or Expression Studio.
Micro Focus has announced the availability of Liant 12, the newest version of its application development product suite. The release includes upgrades to Micro Focus development products including RM/COBOL, Xcentrisity and the RM/COBOL data tool Relativity. According to Micro Focus, Liant 12 includes numerous refinements that improve existing functionality and performance, including larger capacity and increased efficiency for RM/COBOL identifiers and improved compatibility with Windows.