30/10 Partnership between SK Telecom and Google: Google's Mobile Search
, Korea is next in Google's enhanced mobile search plans:
Google, SK Telecom Tie Up in Alliance
Google, the world’s leading Internet company, will develop a next-generation search engine specifically for cell phones together with SK Telecom, Korea’s top wireless operator.
SK Telecom yesterday said the Seoul-based company had signed a contract late last week with Google for the development of the mobile search solution.
Via Smartmobs "The Google" on the phone
30/10 The Portable Phone Booth
00:08|The Cell Atlantic CellBooth
Talking on the phone is no longer a private exchange. What if you could carry a phone booth with you and set it up when you needed to converse in private?
Japanese people text. Young people text, but for the rest of us...
29/10 October 29 is Oshibori Day - 10月29日 「おしぼりの日」
A QR Code on a Oshibori
and obviously it's not an ad for a restaurant, but a site which asks everybody to use linen (布) oshibori which are environmental friendly, and cosier too. If you want to see the site, scan
the QR Code.
Choose AU if you don't have an i-mode phone. Japanese character set has naturally to be installed to read it.
More on Oshibori
28/10 Mobile Mangas: Women at 11 pm
Newsweek about Mobile Mangas
For Japan's publishing industry, which has endured a decade of declining sales, the boom is "a savior," says Satoshi Iwamoto, the general manager of Net Media Center at Shogakukan Inc. The market for digital publishing grew nearly fourfold compared with the year before, to $38.5 million in March 2006, according to Impress R&D, a Tokyo-based research firm. Comic books account for $19.6 million, compared with $9.4 million for comics on PCs.
Heike Scholz about Mobile Mangas (in german)
Mobile comics, for which viewers pay 30 or 40 cents an episode, are also a boon to Japanese carriers, whose customers are shifting to fixed-rate plans.
More about Mobile Manga here
28/10 How does Web 2.0 translate to the mobile space - and what about Mobile 2.0
Just some links for me, sorry. Expect my personal definition for Mobile 2.0 a bit later.
Mobile 2.0 is not Web 2.0
Experts: Web 2.0 doesn't copy directly to phones
"Beware of naive copying of PC services," said David Wood, executive vice president of research for Symbian. "Some don't translate." [...] Wood and others said that the inherent constraints of mobile phones and networks mean that many Web 2.0 services won't work well without some changes to accommodate those limitations.
Mobile Web 2.0 by Ajit
[...] Wood expects to see growing interest from Web 2.0 companies in the mobile space, in part due to "intense competition" for users on the Web. But he warned application developers not to regard the smartphone as "an impoverished version of the PC."
27/10 A Mobile Life with QR Codes, thinks Microsoft too
I can't access https://barcode.ideas.live.com/
properly, it's just loading... Ok now I tried with IE and it worked.
There is a tour and it seems that the QR Code application can be downloaded on smartphones. But the application cannot to be found! Try this one
From the site:
What is Windows Live Barcode
Windows Live Barcode is a set of services that transfer information between various media (PCs, billboards, magazines etc.) and handsets via Quick Response Code (QR Code), a two-dimensional barcode. It provides a new method for people to exchange information and enjoy various online services on handsets. Windows Live Barcode aims to enhance handset utility and provide you with more convenience and flexibility.
and Live-tr News
26/10 Mobile Mobile Blogs
25/10 NEC and Panasonic create ESTEEMO for joint mobile phone development
Just after having read the very detailed article about the new 903i Series from NTT DoCoMo with its "Kisekae-Tool (dress-up tool)," a new function to change the menu screen, ring tone and other settings in a lump " (see the Tetsuwan Atom
menu screen here
), I found other interesting articles like the Google interview (see below) and now this one: NEC, Panasonic Name Joint Mobile Phone Development Company 'ESTEEMO'
The new company will develop a common hardware and software platform in an effort to reduce cost of mobile phone handset development. As for the common hardware platform, the company plans to explore application CPUs and SoCs, select core devices, choose component suppliers, and design, manufacture and assess test substrates in collaboration. NEC and Panasonic Mobile will each manufacture and market their mobile phones, after adding their own original design, software and other values to base handsets developed by the new joint company.
This makes a lot of sense to me and I only hope other handset manufacturers would follow this example.
25/10 Google's Dipchand Nishar on Ajax Content for Mobile Phones
Dipchand Nishar, Google: "We've made a significant investment in mobile search technology"
Until very recently, mobile browsers did not support Ajax, but we have started seeing some new Ajax browsers coming out. I think some of the high-end phones will start supporting Ajax in the next six months and then, anywhere between the next six to twenty-four months, a lot of phones will start having it. We are very excited by that opportunity because now, all of a sudden, you can provide many more value-added services for the users and the experience becomes a lot richer.
25/10 If you are not on mobile, you won't be relevant soon
||Still under positive shock from yesterday's Informa figures*, Toni Ahonen writes a long article relating the mobile revolution from it's infancy with SMS to end by presenting 3G's killer app: mobile communities.
We write very clearly in defining the consumer of tomorrow - Generation-C (for Community Generation) - that it is an inherently multitasking generation, it will always be multiplatform (and multimedia, while I am at it). Gen-C is digitally astute, much more than you and me. And they optimize.
Do not for one moment think, that mobile will be "enough". NO. You HAVE to be multiplatform.
* Dean about market statistics
Treat data included in market research press releases with extreme skepticism, even if at first sight it appears to confirm your beliefs or hopes.
And here a bit of selfpromo:
For those interested in Switzerland to know more about the SMS revolution, SMI, MNC, Kaywa will present and discuss the SMS phenomena in the new Keitai Marketing series, starting November 24
- exactly in a month.