Nearly the tonic the company needed? Vodafone K.K. is reported to be lauching a new dual mode megapixel camera-bearing 3G handset, the V801SH by Sharp this April. Does that mean the technical issues that stalled rollout last October are sorted? Could be! The .pdf press release from Vodafone is HERE
Read all about it Here guys and geeks- that's a x100 market expansion thanks to the wonderful world (gaming environment) of wireless phones. iSuppli analyst Jay Strivatsa says that while mobile gaming has not to date been taken seriously, the advent of 3D graphics and 10,000 polygon/sec drawing capabilities of new phones such as Mitsubishi's D505i and our fave, the Sharp J-SH53-- performance that's already double that of GameBoy Advance -- are going to help push the mobile phone gaming market to $3.5 billion in 2007 from $300 million last year. That's according to the company's Consumer Electronics Market: A Disruptive Year Ahead in 2004.
Japan's Communication Research Laboratory (CRL) plus NTT Communications, KDDI, Hitachi and Fujitsu are teaming up with the China Academy of Telecommunications Research, the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications and some local carriers to formulate and develop an 4G standard and to fight off the ITU's standardization bid...
If ever there was proof how far DoCoMo has lifted up its skirt and fled the Microsoft camp for Symbian and perhaps a Linux chaser, here's the pudding; 39 months after Keiji Tachikawa and Microsoft's Steve Ballmer stood on a platform together and promised to "agressively" promote MS' microbrowser technology and CE OS on DoCoMo Cellies, DoCoMo has finally cut the cord and axed its Mobimagic subsidiary, the company supposed to have us grappling with Windows on our handsets as well as our PCs
For some strange reason NTT DoCoMo seems reluctant to sink more cash into loss-making AT&T Wireless - the most grumbled about carrier in the North American market - two years after seeing the value of its $8 billion investment in the "struggling" carrier come to zilch. At least DoCoMo has a footprint in the U.S. market, well one anyway, a demonstration room with a FOMA (Freedom tO Move Away from AT&T?) base station.
The former J-Phone lost considerable ground to DoCoMo in particular in man-machine business applications. The idea of being able to pay for stuff from your phone from Japan's ubiquitous vending machines (24-hour booze, cigarettes and some really exotic stuff too) is old hat here. But, now, here's a move that could presage a Vodafone move to remote monitoring business. Vodafone K.K. today announced that it would begin selling a remote module (the VRM301R) to industrial and business machine manufacturers.
Slots are still available for the "Japan Mobile Goes Global" teleseminar (Th., Feb. 5, 15:00 UTC), shaping up to be one of this quarter's best intelligence events direct from Japan. Hosted by the Wireless Watch Japan Media Project the "Japan Mobile Goes Global" teleseminar will bring five of Japan's top industry experts together to discuss, debate, and forecast how local developments in 3G, m-commerce, downloadable applications, and handset technology will affect Europe, GSM markets, the US/Canada, and elsewhere. The teleseminar will permit callers to listen live to exclusive commentary and ask questions to obtain expert advice direct from savvy Japan insiders.
KDDI seems to have heard its master's voice and has just announced that it is following Qualcomm into India. In a separate announcement, KDDI also said it was introducing anti-virus measures into its phones in 2005. KDDI said today, January 19, that it is forming Indo-Fuji Information Technology Pvt. Ltd. with Fujitsu Platform Technologies taking a 12% stake, to provide network construction and spice up international data transmission services for the rapidly exploding Indian market.
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Sharp's V601SH handset hit the Tokyo streets in late December with a rollout price under $200 (19,800 yen). It features an embedded 2-megapixel CCD camera capable of capturing 2.02 million effective pixels and comes with autofocus and 20x zoom capability. The 2.4-inch QVGA CG silicon screen provides a bright and clear image display and is compatible with Bitflash's vector imaging technology that allows documents (such asMicrosoft Office and Adobe Acrobat) to be scaled with very little loss of quality, so users can easily zoom into a specific area on a large spreadsheet document. The unit can also record 320 x 240-size .3gp video clips at 15 frames per second as well as display still images, games, and video clips on a TV using the video output function. In addition, the V601SH is the first cell phone to support Bow-Lingual
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