All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘mobile’

New Google Maps for Android Gets Experimental

Google released Google Maps 3.3 for Android today, which lets users find nearby businesses, try new experimental "Labs" projects, and report problems with map data from their phone.

Users can check to see what businesses are nearby at anytime, by simply long-pressing on the map, tapping the bubble, and going to the option that says "What’s Nearby?". Users will get a menu that shows a business, and it can be clicked on to see more nearby places. The feature can also be accessed from the "My Location" menu or from address search results.

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Amazon Working on Accessibility Features for Kindle

Amazon is making some enhancements to its Kindle electronic reader, aimed at improving the reading experience for people who are blind, visually impaired, or dyslexic.

"Kindle is for anyone who loves to read—in fact, we’ve heard from thousands of vision-impaired customers and customers with learning disabilities over the past two years who have been helped tremendously by Kindle," said Amazon Kindle Vice President Ian Freed, Vice President.

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Google Comes to Brick and Mortar Store Windows

In a recent article, we discussed ways the local search landscape is changing. Add another one to the list, because now Google is sending brick and mortar businesses decals to put on their windows, with barcodes that people can scan with their phones to bring up business listings on Google.

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40 Million Reasons You Need a Mobile Web Presence

Opera is reporting that usage of its Opera Mini mobile browser has jumped 11% in just a month, around the world. In addition, they say data transfers have gained 16%.

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The Young Are More Likely To Respond To Mobile Advertising

It appears that it is finally safe to say that if mobile hasn’t completely arrived it is certainly in the room and recognized for its potential. Should we declare 2010 as the ‘Year of Mobile’? Sure, why not. There will be others and honestly it means nothing to hype it. Let’s look at what’s actually going on at street level.

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New Mobile Payment System Aimed At Small Businesses

Is it hip to be square again? Maybe according to Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. His new startup, called Square, is a mobile payments (credit card processing) system that appeals to small businesses. But is he targeting the right customers?

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Yahoo Releases Top 10 Mobile Searches Of 2009

Yahoo has released its top 10 mobile searches for 2009 and interestingly only two of the top searches match what people were searching for on their PCs.

While Michael Jackson topped Yahoo’s overall searches for 2009, actress Megan Fox landed in the top spot of mobile searches.  Those were the only search terms to make it into both the top 10 mobile and PC searches.

The NFL was the most popular sport search term for 2009, outpacing both the NBA and NASCAR.

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MySpace Upgrades Users’ Mobile Experience

MySpace has launched a new version of its mobile site at for people who use iPhone, Android, and Palm WebOS. This version is optimized to take advantage of the browsers and screen sizes of these devices.

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Twitter Improves Mobile Site

Twitter intends to offer all of its users an improved mobile experience in the near future, and in the meantime, a preview of its next-generation mobile site has become available. looks to be an upgrade in almost every way.

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Mobile Banking Trends Accentuate Mobile Growth in General

Mercatus released the results from an interesting survey about the mobile offerings of banks. According to the firm’s findings, banks that offer mobile financial services can increase their new customers acquisitions by as much as sixty percent.

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Baidu Readying Mobile App

All sorts of corporations and individuals have agreed that the mobile market is key in China; many more people can afford Internet-enabled phones than PCs.  Baidu may be onto something, then, as it intends to have an app loaded onto phones before they’re made available for sale.

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Google Links Coupons, Mobile Search

Just in time for the shopping craziness that is Black Friday, Google’s made it easier for companies to get coupons to consumers who are on the move.  Google Local Business Center users can now make their coupons accessible to people through mobile devices.

Yes, assuming that shoppers don’t lose the use of their fingers due to standing outside in the cold since 3 AM – or having them crushed during a stampede – getting discounts through their cell phones will be a relatively simple matter.

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Ensuring Your Site is Indexed in Google’s Mobile Search

In this day and age, you pretty much can’t ignore mobile users. The rate at which consumers are accessing the web via mobile devices is growing rapidly, largely thanks to the increasing popularity and production of smartphones.

Just having a mobile site isn’t even enough. Sure, it’s a great start, but you have to start thinking about a mobile site just as you would a regular site. Can people find it? Just because you have a good ranking in Google does not mean that your mobile site has a good ranking in Google’s mobile search engine, or is even indexed at all.

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Now Google Delivers GPS for Android 1.6

Update: Google has now announced that it is expanding availability of Google Maps Navigation to devices running Android 1.6 (Donut) and higher, such as the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and the G1.

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Android Continues To Make Inroads

Google’s Android is growing like a weed.  Perhaps even a weed that’s been fertilized and watered as if it was a desirable flower.  A new report from AdMob lays out some impressive usage statistics and hints that there’s much more to come.

Here are two eye-opening stats of a somewhat broad-spectrum nature: "Worldwide requests from Android devices increased 5.8 times since April 2009."  Also, "In the US, Android has 20% share of smartphone traffic, up from 7% six months before . . ."

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Twitter Makes Geotagging Tweets Possible

Back in the summer, Twitter announced that it was working on an API to give developers the ability to geotag tweets. The company has now made that available.

There is no geotagging on yet, but Twitter apps will now be able to support it. So potentially, you will be able to geotag tweets and show the location from where you tweeted.

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Google Improves Google News on More Mobile Devices

Google has announced a new Google News for iPhone, Android, and Palm Pre users. The company already offers one for other devices like Blackberry, Windows Mobile, and S60, although they say more improvements to those versions will be coming soon, as well.

Today’s new version includes a new Google News homepage, which shows more stories, sources, and images, but keeps the same basic look and feel.

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Yahoo Go To Get The Boot

Yahoo Go, a mobile application that links users to a number of different services (including mail, news, and weather), is going to cease doing much of anything in the near future.  Yahoo has decided to concentrate its mobile efforts elsewhere.

In an email sent to Yahoo Go users, the company announced, "Yahoo! Go will be discontinued on January 12, 2010, at 12:00 a.m. PST, so that we may focus on simplifying and enhancing your future mobile Web experiences.  After this date, you will no longer be able to use Yahoo! Go 2.0 or 3.0 from your mobile phone."

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Google to Get More Interactive with Mobile Video Ads

AdMob, which is being purchased by Google, has unveiled a new interactive video ad unit for the iPhone today. Upon the announcement of Google’s acquisition, the highlights of the purchase included SMS, search, web display, and app display ads. Now, video is part of the mix.

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Smartphone Sales Up 12% In Q3

Global mobile phone sales reached 308.9 million units in the third quarter of 2009, a slight increase of 0.1 percent from the third quarter of 2008, according to a new report from Gartner.

Smartphone sales showed solid growth with more than 41 million units sold for a 12.8 percent increase from the same period last year.

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Google Voice Gets New Free VoIP Service

Earlier this week, reports surfaced indicating that Google had bought Gizmo5, a VoIP firm. The news came just on the heels of Google’s AdMob acquisition. Google has now officially announced that it has indeed acquired Gizmo5.

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Yahoo Launches Spanish Version of Mobile Home Page

Yahoo has launched Yahoo Mobile in Spanish. This is a Spanish-language version of the Yahoo Mobile home page, which is customized specifically for U.S. Hispanic consumers, and is available on over 1,900 devices.

"By bringing together U.S. Hispanic consumers’ favorite content and services from across the Internet, Yahoo! Mobile en Español enables users to create both culturally and personally relevant mobile experiences," a spokesperson for Yahoo tells WebPronews.

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Holiday Shoppers Turning To Social Media And Internet

Digital technologies continue to drive a new approach to shopping, with social media and mobile phones becoming key influencers this holiday season, according to a new survey of holiday retail spending and trends by Deloitte.

Social media is gaining traction with 17 percent of consumers planning to use social media during their holiday shopping, and 60 percent plan to use it to find discounts, coupons and sales information, More than half (53%) plans to use social media to research gift ideas, while 52 percent plan to check the gift wish lists of friends and family.

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Google Latitude Introduces Location History, Smart Alerts

A quick, but important, note: the stuff we’re about to discuss is only available on an opt-in basis.  So there’s no need to stop halfway through this article and drown your phone or tape it to a neighbor’s car.  Now, with that out of the way, let’s move on to the news that Google Latitude’s gained two features called Google Location History and Google Location Alerts (which is in beta).

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Google Maps Adds NYC Subway Layer

Last night on "30 Rock," Alec Baldwin’s character got lost within New York’s subway system, and due to being covered in bedbugs, received no help from his fellow passengers.  But if the same thing happened to him (or a non-fictional person) today, Google Maps could have come to the rescue.

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Google Buys Mobile Ad Firm For $750 Million In Stock

Google said today it has signed an agreement to acquire mobile display advertising firm AdMob for $750 million in stock.

Google says its acquisition will improve its existing expertise and technology in mobile advertising, while also giving advertisers and publishers more choice in the growing new area.

Highlights of Google’s purchase of AdMob include:

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Google Launches Analytics for Mobile Apps

Google has launched Google Analytics for Mobile Apps. The reports that are available as a result of last week’s expansion of mobile reporting features are now available for mobile apps as well.

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PayPal to Take Over Mobile and Social Apps

PayPal has opened its global payments platform called PayPal X, providing new APIs, a new developer portal, and some introductory services pricing to help developers take advantage of PayPal X to build businesses.

"The whole world is going digital, and the future of how we communicate, how we get information, and even how we transact, is in the hands of developers," said PayPal President Scott Thompson. "The network is the platform on which the potential of digital money will be fully realized."

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Bing Gets More Mobile Features in The US

Microsoft has launched some new features for the mobile version of the Bing search engine, which is available at These include features related to the NFL and to travel.

The NFL feature lets the user type a team or player and see upcoming games, stats, and scores. If you use the feature while a game is being played, you can get real-time updates on the plays. The feature is only available in the U.S.

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Google Search By Voice Learns Chinese (In Limited Fashion)

Many products are initially available in English, and then branch out into languages like French, Italian, German, and Spanish.  (There’s even an acronym, FIGS.)  But Google Search by voice broke with tradition – and started to make its way into a huge market – by moving straight from English to Mandarin Chinese today.

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Yahoo Signs Mobile Search Deal With O2 Germany

More than 15 million Germans should now have a little additional Yahoo in their lives.  Yahoo’s signed a mobile search deal with O2 Germany, and the American company’s search engine and a number of other services are getting promoted as a result.

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Usage of Mobile Web and Apps Doubles in 2 Years

According to AdMob, which claims it is the world’s largest mobile advertising platform, mobile web and application use has doubled over the past two years. In September, the firm received over 100 million ad requests from 14 countries, and over 10 million ad requests from 64 countries.

AdMob released its Mobile Metrics report for September, which highlights the rapid growth in usage of mobile web sites and apps on new devices in the past year.

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You Don’t Need a Google Number to Use Google Voice

Google has announced that Google Voice users can now use existing mobile phone numbers. This means that even if you don’t get a new Google number, you can still get Google Voicemail.

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Google Launches Custom Search For Smartphones

Google has launched Custom Search for smartphones. This means that if you own a site and add a Google Custom Search box to it, it will format search results to fit the screens of supported mobile devices.

The following devices are supported:

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Facebook Cooks Up New Site For Touchscreen Phones

Facebook’s providing people with handy-dandy touchscreen phones a handy-dandy touchscreen site to match.  The new Facebook site – which is indeed different than the regular old mobile version that’s been out for a while – has made it out of testing and is available now.

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Google Phone and Music Service Both on the Way?

Update: Peter Kafka at All Things Digital says Google is partnering with iLike and Lala on the music service, which is being called "OneBox." He writes:

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WordPress Lets Bloggers Help Make the Mobile Web Better

WordPress has launched a couple of new mobile themes for bloggers who use The themes are designed to display automatically when the blogger’s blog is accessed with a compatible mobile device.

Making moves to get blogs to display properly on mobile devices is a good move considering recent research, which found that consumers are generally not pleased with the way mobile web sites display.

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Consumers Not Happy with Mobile Web Sites

Web app company Gomez, Inc. released the findings of a study on consumer mobile web experiences today, and found that most of them aren’t happy with the performance of mobile web sites in general.

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Google Celebrates Star Trek, Talks Cell Phones

Get ready to hear a lot about how a certain search giant’s offerings can be accessed through cell phones.  Google intends to honor a rather geeky occasion (the anniversary of the original Star Trek pilot) not with a doodle, but with a week-long "celebration of all things mobile."

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Apple And LG Rank High In Consumer Satisfaction

Overall satisfaction among smartphone owners has increased significantly over time as manufacturers continue to improve their offerings, according to a new report from J.D. Power and Associates.

Satisfaction among consumer smartphone owners has increased 14 index points (on a 1,000 point scale) from just six months ago, while satisfaction among business owners has increased by 43 index points from 2008 as these devices have become more stylish, customizable and user friendly.

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Searching on Android Just Got Quicker

Google has launched what it refers to as a "fast and versatile new system-wide search experience" for Android. it’s called the Quick Search Box or QSB and it was announced for developers back in September. It appears on the home screen of Android devices.

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Local Search Usage Gains Slightly

The number of U.S. searches grew 31 percent across all media platforms between June 2008 and June 2009 (21.9 billion searches in June 2009), according to a new study by TMP Directional Marketing.

Search engines continue to be the main source for local business information. Local search sites increased slightly in usage, from 11 percent in 2008 to 12 percent in 2009. Also Internet yellow page sites gained ground as primary sources of local business information, from 19 percent usage last year to 21 percent this year.

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Google Gives Mobile Searchers More Options

As you may recall, Google launched its "search options" feature earlier this year. This is a set of filtering options users can engage for their search results. They include things like blogs, books, images, video, forum results, timeframe, etc.

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Yahoo Increases Reach of New Mobile Homepage Fivefold

At a keynote at CTIA Wireless today, David Ko, SVP of Yahoo Mobile showcased the new Yahoo mobile homepage, which the company refers to as "the world’s most advanced mobile homepage."

"The site simplifies and enhances the mobile Internet experience for people around the world by offering an open environment where consumers can bring together their favorite content and services from across the Internet," a spokesperson for Yahoo tells WebProNews.

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Top Gartner Analyst Predicts Android Will Be #2 In 2012

The good people of Gartner believe that, given a little bit of time, Android is going to become a big deal.  In fact, one high-ranking analyst recently predicted that it’ll be the second-biggest operating system on the mobile market by 2012.

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Android Demands as Much Marketing Attention as iPhone

At Search Marketing Expo East in New York, where WebProNews is on location, Michael Martin of Internet Marketing Inc. delivered a presentation about the growing Android market. He spoke about how Android is becoming an increasingly important mobile platform for marketers to keep in mind. In other words, it’s not just about the iPhone.

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Searching Bing By Voice from Your Phone

Back in 2007, Microsoft acquired Tellme Networks, the company that provides the Tellme service, which is a technology that allows mobile users to "get what they want" on their phones with their voice.

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Google, Verizon Partner Over Android

The company that operates America’s largest wireless telecommunications network now considers itself a friend of Android.  Google and Verizon Wireless have sealed a deal that’ll see the two working together on mobile products and services.

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Amazon Introduces Mobile Payment Service has launched Amazon Mobile Payments Service (MPS) which provides developers, merchants and distributors of mobile applications a way to process payments from mobile devices.

Amazon Mobile Payments

Amazon MPS allows customers to use their current payment and shipping information from their accounts to make purchases from their mobile device.

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AdSense Gets Optimized for Smartphones

Google has announced a new feature for AdSense mobile publishers, which lets them serve text and image ads on their sites, specifically optimized for high-end smartphones like the iPhone, Android devices, and the Palm Pre.

With the launch of the feature, publishers can run larger AdSense ads on these phones, whereas before, they could only serve smaller ads.

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Google Revamps Mobile Local Search Experience

Google has launched a new version of local search for mobile. This version heavily utilizes Google Maps to make organization of results easier on your phone.

The new local search for mobile lets you find business listings on Google Maps while you’re on your computer, where you can "star" them. Once you star them, you can easily find your starred listings grouped together from your phone, making it easy to keep the listings you need while you’re out, together. This can potentially make errand running a lot easier, as demonstrated in the video below.

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Mobile Web Usage Up 34%

Web visitors using a mobile device increased 34 percent year-over-year, from 42.5 million visitors in July 2008 to 56.9 million in July 2009, according to a new report from Nielsen.

Overall, year-over-year growth among the 13-17 and 65+ age groups outpaced the growth of the total mobile Web audience, with a youth increase of 45 percent and seniors climbing 67 percent in July.

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New Forecast Downplays Importance Of Mobile Ads

Google and Yahoo may not want to count on their interest in the mobile market paying off anytime soon.  A Bernstein analyst has forecast that, even by the time 2013 wraps up, mobile ads still won’t generate much in the way of income for either company.

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Yahoo Pushes Sponsored Search to iPhones and Android

  • Yahoo announced that Yahoo Sponsored Search ads now appear on iPhones and Android devices. 

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Mobile Advertising Guidelines Get an Update

The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) has released a new version of its Global Mobile Advertising Guidelines, which serve as a source of global formats, guidelines, and best practices for the implementation of mobile advertising campaigns.

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Making Retail Mobile

It’s no secret that today’s mobile phones put early supercomputers to shame, and really, smartphones can almost keep up with today’s laptops in terms of letting people email, search, listen to music, and shop.  So a session at the 2009 Annual Summit explored how retailers should embrace the mobile market.

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Get Gmail Messages Pushed to Your iPhone

Back in February Google launched the beta version of Google Sync. This allowed Google users to sync their Gmail contacts and Google Calendar events to their iPhones or Windows Mobile devices (Android already synced data). The feature did not come with the ability to sync actual mail, however. That has now changed.

The addition of "push Gmail" support has been a heavily requested feature ever since Google Sync was launched.

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Print Publishers Embracing Mobile Market

More print publishers are focusing on the mobile market as a way to expand their brands, reach new audiences and generate additional revenue while offering advertisers the chance to reach locally targeted engaged audiences, according to a new survey from the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC).

Forty-five percent of respondents who track mobile’s impact on their website traffic said the devices increased visits by up to 10 percent today. Half believe mobile traffic to their websites will increase by five to 25 percent in the next two years.

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Twitter the Most Dangerous Network?

Crowd Science revealed some interesting findings from a survey on Twitter use today. It would appear that Twitter is the most used social network by drivers. I’m not sure if that’s the kind of endorsement Twitter wants (the most dangerous network), but its short-form texting-like format caters to the mobile user.

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Android 1.6 SDK Arrives, Should Reach Consumers Soon

Android 1.6 SDK – which is perhaps better known by the codename "Donut" – has at last been made available for developers to download.  Upgrades and new features are evident left and right, and if Google’s estimates are correct, not much more time will pass before Android 1.6 reaches consumers.

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Opera Releases Latest Version of Popular Mobile Browser

Opera has announced the release of the beta version of its latest mobile browser – Opera Mini 5. Opera Mini is the most popular mobile web browser in the world, the company claims.

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LG Announces First Android Phone

Following in the footsteps of Motorola – although arguably picking a better day since it’s not competing for headlines with Apple – LG made an important mobile move this morning by announcing its first Android phone, the LG-GW620.

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Consumers Want Nothing to Do with Mobile Ads?

Just on the heels of survey results from Compete indicating that many smartphone owners are open to targeted ads, Chitika has shared some findings of a study that suggests mobile users are "extremely ad-wary."

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Survey Finds Many Smartphone Owners Open to Targeted Ads

Compete has shared some data from its Smartphone Intelligence survey. The findings indicate that smartphone owners prefer personal and social apps, and that they’re open to targeted ads.

According to Compete, entertainment, games, music, social networking, and weather are the most popular app categories across all platforms. Findings include:

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Nokia Acquires Social Networking Site

Nokia announced today that it has acquired "certain assets" of Plum, a privately held company.

Plum’s tagline is "making websites social," and the company says it helps websites become social by powering Groups in the Travel, Education, Entertainment, Publishing and Not-for-Profit sectors.

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Motorola Unveils First Android Phone

More than two weeks after Motorola started hyping a mysterious Android-related event, the big day’s come, and the company’s first Android phone has been unveiled.  Called the Cliq, the device has succeeded in impressing people so far.

The Cliq is equipped with a physical keyboard, but remains thinner than most competing slider phones.  It comes with a D-Pad, too, which should be useful for games and a great many apps.

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New Mobile Search Ads for Yellow Pages App

AT&T Interactive has announced an updated version of its YPMobile app for the iPhone. The new version has a couple of new features that focus on the discovery, planning, and sharing of local businesses and events – video profiles and Pay Per Calls ads.

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Flickr Added To The iPhone App Store

Yahoo has released three new mobile applications for the iPhone and the BlackBerry.

Flickr for mobile has launched as iPhone app allowing users to upload, share and tag photos and videos while staying connected to the Flickr community. iPhone users can down the app via the iTunes App store.

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Google Shows Off New Android Market

Google’s Android announced that it will soon introduce new features in Android Market for Android 1.6, which will improve user experience. For one, developers will be able to post screenshots and descriptions (as well as icons), to showcase their apps.

Google has also provided the following video (the first one) showing the new Android Market:

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Tips for Mobile E-Commerce Success

According to comScore, over 63 million people in the US use the mobile Internet, with 35% of those people accessing it on a daily basis. eMarketer says that over 70 million US mobile phone users will access the Internet from their device in 2009.

eMarketer also says that mobile e-commerce is still in its infancy though. While some retailers are ahead of the game, many are still "watching from the sidelines," and planning their mobile commerce strategies.

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65 Million People Use Mobile Facebook

Facebook announced today it has reached a milestone of 65 million people actively using Facebook from mobile devices. According to the company, that is an increase from just 20 million as recent as 8 months ago.

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NBC Provides Substantial Funding To Mobile Ad Network

NBC understands that the future of television may have less to do with TV’s. As a result, the company has made a move into the mobile ad space by investing in the mobile ad network Greystripe. The funding is said to have been made to assist the sales team headquartered in New York in selling more ads across the 1,000 mobile apps and games on over 1,400 devices that Greystripe can provide.

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Windows Mobile 6.5 Launching In October

Microsoft said today that phones loaded with the latest version of Windows Mobile, version 6.5, will launch globally October 6.

"A Windows phone gives people a single phone that works for their whole life, keeping them connected to the people and information they care most about by harnessing the power of the PC, phone and Web," said Todd Peters, corporate vice president of the Mobile Communications Marketing Group at Microsoft.

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Digital Media Consumption Making Big Gains

Americans are increasing their overall media consumption and multi-tasking is playing a bigger role, according Nielsen’s new Three Screen Report.

In the 2nd quarter of 2009 the number of people watching mobile video increased 70 percent from last year and people who watch video online increased their viewing 46 percent during the same time period. In addition, the average American TV consumption remains at an all-time (141 hours per month) compared to the same time last year.

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App Store Gets Twice the Downloads of Android Market

New findings from AdMob indicate that twice as many paid apps are downloaded per user on Apple App Store compared to the Android Market. This information comes from AdMob’s Metrics Report for the month of July.

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Mobile Accessory Market To Reach $63 Billion

The average U.S. owner of a mobile phone spends about $60 on accessories over the life of the phone, according to a new survey from ABI Research.

Related market research indicates that the worldwide wireless handset accessories market is worth about $63 billion in 2009.

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Google China May Let Fate Rest On Mobile

Google China’s about four years old, and to be fair, deserves a bit of recognition for surviving so long under inhospitable conditions.  But it’s still floundering in terms of market share and profitability, and its president, Kai-Fu Lee, now seems ready to switch focus in response.

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Motorola Building Buzz Around Android, Sept. 10th

Motorola’s not yet spilling many details, but the telecommunications company has something big planned for September 10th.  What’s more, unless the company’s representatives have just developed a love of little robots, the announcement is related to Google’s Android operating system.

You can see the invitation that Motorola’s been sending around – complete with Android figure – below for yourself.  All we’ve removed from the image is one email address for the sake of saving somebody from spam.

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Google Wants Your Location for Live Traffic Reports

Google is expanding its traffic layers in Google Maps. They’re now showing traffic conditions on arterial roads in selected cities, but is working on doing this to cover all U.S. highways and arterials when data is available.

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Opera Reports Global Mobile Browsing Trends

Opera released its monthly report on the state of the mobile web. The report looks at the link between downloads and usage by Opera Mini users. Reports say that Opera Mini is the most widely downloaded mobile app, so this is quite significant.

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Opera Announces Release Candidate for New Browser Version

Today Opera released the first release candidate for Opera 10. The final release should be launching on September 1.

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Google Launches Google Listen Android App

Google has quietly released a new Labs project for Android. It’s called Google Listen and is described as a personalized audio news-magazine loaded with fresh and interesting content whenever it is turned on.

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TwitVid Delivers First Twitter Video Upload App for Blackberry

TwitVid has just released what it calls "the first Twitter Video uploading application for the Blackberry." Blackberry-using Twitterers with a love for sharing video can now rejoice.

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Smartphones Change the Threat Level Significantly

Mobile devices these days are often smaller, thinner, and lighter, but are able to deliver a plethora of content. WebProNews spoke with Gal Salomon, CEO and Founder of security firm Discretix, about embedded security and security concerns that come along with an industry of smarter phones.

WebProNews: Please tell us a little bit about what mobile embedded security is.

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New Mobile Marketing Guidelines Open for Public Review

Mobile marketing is going to become increasingly hard for businesses to ignore. Just look at how much mobile advertising is already going on.

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That’s a Lot of Mobile Advertising!

If you need any more evidence that mobile advertising is booming, AdMob is getting ready to serve its 100 Billionth ad. The firm notes that this is over 14 times the entire world population (as of 2008), 107 times the distance (in miles) to the sun, and about half to a quarter of the number of stars in the galaxy. Suffice it to say, that’s a lot of mobile advertising. And that’s just from AdMob.

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YouTube Launches Site for Smartphones

Smartphone users now have their own version of YouTube. The company says that smartphone users with "capable" browsers like the iPhone, G1, and Palm Pre can access the mobile site.

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Mobile Market Sees Positive Growth

Worldwide shipments of cell phones in the second quarter increased 4.7 percent compared to the first, according to a report from iSuppli.

The growth marked the first successive increase for the market since the third quarter of 2008. Global shipments reached 265 million units in the second quarter, up from 253 million in the first.

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Businesses Increasingly Looking to iPhone Apps

iPhoneAppQuotes, which puts businesses together with iPhone developers, has released some interesting findings. The company has noticed a shift in app development trends.

"Business apps are proving to be the most popular category of apps as entrepreneurs and small businesses realize the marketing and additional revenue stream potential the iPhone creates," says Founder Gregg Weiss.

Some of iPhoneAppsQuotes’ findings include:

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Opera Mini Mobile Browser Reaches Milestone

Mobile web browser Opera Mini has reached a significant milestone. Opera announced that Opera Mini users viewed more than 10 billion pages in one month.

Opera Mini Pages

The company released its "State of the Mobile Web" report(pdf) this week, and it reveals some other interesting findings as well:

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Yahoo Syncs the New Homepage to Mobile

Today Yahoo announced that PC to mobile sync of the new Yahoo homepage is available on over 400 devices in 17 countries. This means if you set up your customized version of the new Yahoo homepage on your computer, you can easily set it up to be the same way on your phone.

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AT&T Combines Facebook, Twitter, MySpace in New App

AT&T has launched a new social networking app, which combines access to Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and customizable news feeds. It’s called the AT&T Social Net App, and it’s available as a free download.

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Yahoo Provides Means for “Easy” Mobile Site Creation

Earlier this year Yahoo announced that the Yahoo Blueprint Platform was being extended from  several hundred mobile devices in several thousand. Now the company has opened it up to third party developers.

The BluePrint is a platform on which developers can create mobile websites. It uses simple XML, and is the same technology Yahoo used to build oneSearch and the mobile home page.

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EU Frees New Spectrum For Faster Mobile Services

European lawmakers agreed today to allocate more radio spectrum to the mobile Internet to provide faster service and boost the roll out of wireless broadband.

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Google Gives Android Developers a Donut

According to multiple reports, Google is now offering developers a crack at some Android 2.0 features at the Android code repository. Android 2.0, which was codenamed "Donut," was discussed at the Google I/O developer conference earlier this year. To listen to what Google had to say, watch the following clip (the Android part starts a couple minutes in).

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Mobile Marketing Without Being Annoying

WebProNews recently ran an article looking at a study, which indicated that spending on mobile advertising would reach $760 million in 2009 (20% more than last year). A spokesperson with mobile advertising firm Crisp Wireless took notice and set us up with a Q&A with Chief Revenue Officer and former member of Yahoo Search’s Strategic Alliances team, Tom Foran.

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iPhone Finally Gets a Google Latitude App

Google has released a Google Latitude web app for the iPhone and iPod Touch, running Safari. To use it, users can go to A bookmark can be created so that there is a home screen link of course.

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Android Overtakes Windows Mobile On Worldwide Basis

According to a new report from AdMob, Google’s Android operating system had a very good June.  Windows Mobile had a less excellent month, however, as it apparently fell behind Android in terms of worldwide usage for the first time ever.

The most recent AdMob Mobile Metrics Report states, "Requests from the Android Operating System increased 25% month over month.  Android has 5% worldwide OS share and pulled slightly ahead of Windows Mobile for the first time."

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Google Improves Maps for Mobile

Google is adding a good deal of the functionality from Google maps to Google Maps for Mobile. This includes the ability to access and interact with different layers like Traffic, My Maps, and Search layers at the same time.

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Mobile Internet Use Up

More than half (56%) of Americans have accessed the Internet using wireless mobile devices such as smartphones and laptops, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

The most popular way people go online via wireless is with a laptop as 39 percent of Internet users have done this.

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