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Russia's telephone operator Vimpelkom announced today that its Beeline network provider is teaming up with the country's largest social site, VKontakte, to offer free access to the mobile edition of the site, GZT.ru reported. According to Oksana Belyaeva, Vimpelkom director of marketing for new business tools, almost half of Beeline subscribers with mobile Web access use the Internet for social networking.

O.vkontakte.ru is a text-only site, as opposed to other mobile versions of the social network, meaning that pages are loaded much faster, GZT.ru reported. Extra material can be downloaded by users and the cost varies depending on the subscription package each user has. Vimpelkom's commercial interest lies in this factor, RIA Novosti informed.

Russian mobile operators are branching out into social networking features because there is a surging interest amongst the population, RIA Novosti explained. Another prominent provider, MTS, launched a mobile Facebook site (O.facebook.com) simultaneously alongside Vimpelkom during the summer. A third large operator, MegaFon, has ventures with VKontakte, but hasn't initiated free mobile access to either Facebook or its Russian counterpart yet.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-10-27 22:09

Google's Android-run devices now represent 25 percent of mobile Internet platforms, compared to 10 percent in August 2009, a Qantcast report published Friday shows, according to CNet News. Meanwhile, Apple has been experiencing diminished figures; with its iOS devices seeing 56 percent usage, compared to 70 percent last year.

Also, devices running on RIM dropped from 10 to 9 percent since 2009, while "other" platforms accounted for 10 percent of U.S. mobile Internet use, according to Apple Insider.

Image: Quantcast

Android kicked off the year with nearly 19 percent of the market share, and went on to take 11 percent from Apple's iOS, 1.6 percent from Research in Motion's Blackberry device and 5.7 percent from other providers (i.e. Microsoft Windows Mobile and Palm's WebOS) according to E Week.

The phenomenon may persist, CNet pointed out, if Apple's competitors continue to release more Android phones.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-09-07 15:32

Microsoft announced that its Windows Phone 7 was ready and began shipping the software to handset manufacturers as well as networks, Telegraph.co.uk wrote on Friday. Until now, the device existed in "technical preview" mode and had undergone lengthy testing.

Techtree said that now that the Operating System has reached the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) stage, the official releases may be ready in a month's time. Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone Engineering Terry Myerson confirmed that the device will be on the market "later this year."

Information Week's Ed Hansenberry pointed out that Microsoft has been putting effort into boosting the speed and responsiveness of the software. He added that since the iPhone was launched in 2007, the smartphone world had adopted "new standards for performance, navigation and web browsing."

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-09-06 15:08

Popular microblogging service Twitter announced the launch of a free iPad application late Wednesday night, The New York Times reported. Twitter for iPad will let users tap away messages on the 9.7 inch touchscreen while any related content (such as pictures, websites or videos) will be available in a separate window, according to MSNBC.

In a company blog post Leland Rechis, Twitter's user interface designer, stressed that Twitter for iPad makes use of the tablet's "fluid touch interface" so that users can move around information "smoothly and quickly" without the need for opening multiple windows or clicking buttons.

Since users do not know where links that are featured in the 140-character Tweets will lead to, iPad's Flipboard application takes care of the problem by copying the links and adding visual content from the site. Users can also pinch another user's Tweet to obtain more information on the author and wipe down with two fingers to look at conversation threads, Reuters says.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-09-03 10:42

According to the new study "Mobile Access 2010," released by Pew Internet & American Life Project, in April 2010, 38 percent of U.S. mobile device owner surf the Internet using their mobile devices, up from 25 percent year-over-year, Media Post reported.

As 82 percent of U.S. adult population has a mobile device, this means that about 31 percent of all U.S. adults access mobile Internet in 2010, Pew reported.

In terms of e-commerce, the study also found that 11 percent of U.S. mobile device owners, or 9 percent of the adult population at large, have ever purchased using the mobile Internet. The age group between 18 to 29 years old has the highest percentage, which is 20 percent. To divide it by ethnic groups, 18 percent of English-speaking Hispanics and 13 percent of African-American consumers have ever tried e-commerce on a mobile device, while only 10 percent for the non-Hispanic white population has ever done so.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-07-10 01:45

Russian airline Aeroflot penned a deal with network provider Megafon that would allow base stations to be installed on board, hence permitting passengers to use their mobile phones and to access the Web, Vesti.ru reported today.

The agreement outlined that in 2010 four airline models would have the service, the first of which is Airbus A-320. Later on, Airbus A-330, which fits 302 passengers, would also provide the service.

Future ventures include on-board Wi-fi connections, dailycomm.ru said. Megafon subscribers will be told the pricing for the service by summer, when it is predicted to be officially launched.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-04-15 13:47

Tech giant Dell announced a partnership with Spanish telecommunications provider Telefonica, Market Watch reported Wednesday. The venture may have been prompted by today's strong demand for mobile devices with access to the Internet, Austin Businness Journal acceded.

"The new digital ecosystem, under construction, creates huge opportunities and advantages for all industries that transform and adapt to the digital world, and not only in terms of productivity, but also in terms of new lines of initiative, new applications and new business opportunities. And we are very excited to work with Dell to develop these solutions," said Telefonica Director of Innovation Vivek Dev.

The PC manufacturer revealed that it would be launching wireless mobile products such as the Aero smart phone (distributed through AT&T in the United States) and might develop a 5-inch tablet computer. Dell and Telefonica added that the deal was centered on present-generation devices as well the development of future-generation ones, according to statesman.com. They noted that they would be boosting user experiences as they infiltrate the market composed of information communications technologies.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-04-15 12:04

Microsoft's Kin smartphone, announced on Monday, will be available in the Russian market and will be launched through national network provider MTS, Lenta.ru reported today. The operator will only set prices after seeing sales data from Europe and the United States.

Sales of the device in the United States will start as of May (through network operator Verizon Wireless), while Russians will be able to purchase Kin by autumn 2010. Europeans will be able to get the smartphone through Vodafone, which currently has a partnership with MTS, according to RBC Daily.

There are two versions of Kin, One and Two. According to RBK Daily, the device is aimed towards social network users since it permits them to browse, download and share social network content. RBC Daily reported that the Russian edition of Kin will be integrated with social sites Facebook, V Kontakte (Russia's answer to Facebook) and Odnoklassniki.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-04-14 20:06

Amid far higher demand for its newest concoction iPad, Apple has announced it is delaying the device's delivery worldwide, PC World reported today. Heightened demand is thought to continue to be larger than the corporation's supply "over the next several weeks," Information Week wrote.

Due to a "surprisingly strong" demand from the United States, Apple is shifting the international launch to the end of May, Information Week said. It will be regulating international pricing and registering global pre-orders on May 10.

"The sales figures show there is an appetite for a touchscreen device, but the longer they leave it the more chance other manufacturers have of getting in on the game," said Stuart Miles, who operates tech site Pocket-lint, In The News reported.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-04-14 19:42

Morgan Stanley analysts have predicted that mobile Web use will outgrow "stationary browsing" by 2015, as it has expanded at a relatively faster rate, Switched.com reported today.

According to Wireless Federation, two industry factors that account for the trend are the presence of improved mobile devices and the accessibility of better network coverage. IntoMobile revealed that mobile users were now more likely to pay for content, which may be interesting to publishers.


The Morgan Stanley report revealed that 3G was valuable for the success of mobile surfing. Worldwide 3G availability may reach 21 percent in 2010. In Japan, 96 percent of users already have 3G coverage. Meanwhile, Western Europe has a penetration of 54 percent and the US one of 46 percent. In "developing" regions like the Middle East, Eastern Europe, South America, Africa and parts of Asia, expansion is limited to single digit percentages, Wireless Federation said.

Brazil, China, Russia, India and the US represent 48 percent of all Web users across the planet.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-04-14 19:23

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