Not owning a smartphone today is the social equivalent to not having email a few years ago – at least in the US.
That’s the conclusion of a report in the New York Times, which says that having an iPhone, Pre or BlackBerry is pretty much mandatory these days unless you want to ostracise yourself from "society".
Dell’s plans for entering the smartphone market have gained some more meat.
The world’s second largest PC brand is working with two companies to develop software and hardware for new mobile devices.
On2 Technologies has licensed its On2 VP6 video format and software to VisualOn Inc.
VisualOn is to integrate VP6 decoding software into its multimedia application suite for mobile platforms.
These software applications allow consumers to play rich multimedia content on mobile devices without expensive dedicated hardware.
The growing number of WiFi enabled smartphones appears to be spurring WeFi Inc on to greater things.
The community-based global Wi-Fi network says it has now amassed over one million users in 215 countries, with an increasing number coming from mobile devices.
Internet advertisers will need to create campaigns that work with multiple devices and display sizes if they want to benefit from growing mobile advertising revenue.
That’s according to telecom analysts Berg Insight, who say a significant proportion of mobile advertising revenues will actually derive from mobile Internet users accessing conventional web sites.
Global demand for mobile devices is expected to reach 1.3 billion units in 2008 despite financial uncertainties, according to ABI Research
As the recent launch of the 3G iPhone demonstrated, the public appetite for the latest, most sophisticated smartphones is strong.