A flood of press releases came out of Qualcomm in San Diego last week including the Adobe tie-up for Flash, a new widgets platform, we also found this Q&A with Paul Jacobs via Tech-on interesting. The company also announced the winners for their annual BREW developer awards and we're somewhat shocked to see that not one company from Japan managed to bring home the hardware, as they have for the past
So the dawn of a 3G iPhone approaches on June 9th as Steve Jobs is widely expected to finally unveil the company's next-generation mobile computing device. While there has been a predictable amount of speculation including certain parties jumping the gun - Oops - about the telco for Japan, we have an interesting theory. This is an update (with a twist) to our original scoop last November, as it does build on that earlier approach. Update 4 June: It's Official..!!!
DoCoMo just announced the new 906i and 706i series offering with 19 handsets and 64 body colors, which will be launched starting June 1. The flagship 906i series - with all the usual high-end functions - will roll 8 new models, three from NEC, two from Sharp and one each via Panasonic, Fujitsu and Sony Ericsson. The 706i line-up introduced 11 'extra-slim' models with One-Seg digital TV and a water-proof model for the bath. There's plenty of material to wade through but some of the stand-out features include the addition of Flash 8 capabilities and a huge new video streaming portal.
DoCoMo will launch a new service called Pocket U which will enable subscribers to view and browse, from anywhere, content such as video, music, image and text files stored in their home PCs via mobile phones as of June 6, 2008.
Customers will require a flat-rate data plan and subscription to the Pocket U service will run an extra $5 per month. Apparently a VPN will be used to prevent third-party users from pretending to be subscribers of the service.
A Japanese government panel has called on parents and schools to help limit the use of mobile phones by children to prevent them from accessing "harmful" information on websites. These measures are necessary to "protect children from harmful information and other negative influence involving the use of mobile phones" including "crimes and bullying," the report said. It called for limiting mobile phone for children use just to voice calls. More details after the jump
According to this report, Renesas is interested in offering the FOMA platform as a handset reference design to companies outside Japan. FOMA, or Freedom of Mobile Multimedia Access, is Docomo's 3G network standard design followed all Japanese handset makers that provide cellphones to DoCoMo. Considering the vested interest of Renesas in SH-Mobile this 'news' is not surprising. However, it does indicate that more players and products are gearing up for the shift towards LTE.
McDonalds Japan has announced the deployment of an e-wallet coupon and payment system, using Felica and DoComo iD readers, at 175 locations as of May 20th with the target of all 3,800 retail shops nationwide to be completed by 2009. While the company has been active in the mobile space since 2003, quoting 10 million registered users, this effort was touted as the first of it's kind during a recent press conference held here in Tokyo. More details after the jump.
The annual D&AD award winners have been announced with a 'Yellow Pencil' going to an interesting campaign by Tokyo-based agency Hakuhodo for snack food client Tohato.
The World's Worst War used two new spicey snack flavors as opposing forces and engaged players to invite friends, thereby increasing their own personal rank, to join forces of either the Habanero Evil Army or the dreaded Satan Jorquia... Yikes. Better to watch the video!
Via Communities Dominate Brands.
According to The Daily Star in Bangladesh, DoCoMo has submitted a bid to buy the 30% of AKTEL, a stake previously valued at over $300million. Telecom Malaysia currently controls 70% of AKTEL which recently slipped to third position in the six-operator market with approx. 7.5 million customers as of March 31st. Grameenphone is the leader with about 18 million subscribers, while Orascom Telecom Bangladesh, which operates Banglalink, is second with 8 million out of a total market estimated at 39 million.
DoCoMo announced that the board of directors has met and proposed changes in executive positions for official approval at the shareholders and board of directors meetings scheduled to be held on June 20, 2008. Most notably the replacement of President and CEO Masao Nakamura who will hand over the helm after 4-years to Ryuji Yamada. Also noted as officially resigning, and widely reported, SVP Takeshi Natsuno. A quick trip down memory lane after the jump.
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