miércoles, junio 30, 2004

Tira ports 1000th Java application
"SAN FRANCISCO---June 29, 2004---2004 JavaOne Conference---Tira Wireless, a provider of enabling technology for the mobile JavaT marketplace, today announced that the Tira Jump automated porting platform has been used to create more than 1,000 Java builds from approximately 90 reference applications. Additionally, the Tira Jump platform now also supports porting to 120 different Java technology-based handsets, including the top-selling devices offered by leading manufacturers such as LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Sharp, Siemens, Sony Ericsson, and others."
Nokia And Sun Extend Collaboration to Drive Multiplayer Mobile Java Gaming
"SAN FRANCISCO - 2004 JavaOne(sm) Conference - June 29, 2004 - At the JavaOne(sm) Developer Conference today, Nokia and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) extended their cooperation to simplify the development and delivery of mobile multiplayer Java(tm) technology-based games for developers, service providers and operators. Under this extended collaboration, the Nokia SNAP Mobile solution will be integrated with Sun's award-winning Java(tm) 2 Platform Micro Edition Wireless Toolkit, Sun Java(tm) System Content Delivery Server and Sun(tm) Java(tm) Enterprise System running on the Solaris (tm) Operating System to deliver a carrier grade solution. "
Handango Ships Java Download Client
"SAN FRANCISCO, California ? June 29, 2004 ? Today at JavaOne, Handango, the leading provider of mobile downloads, announced the availability of Handango InHand for Java-enabled mobile phones. Handango InHand is an intelligent, device-resident download client. Using Handango InHand, operators and OEMs can increase download revenues by delivering an on-device, fully-managed and branded customer experience on any Java-enabled mobile phone."

martes, junio 29, 2004

"Superscape Group plc (LSE: SPS), leader in revolutionary
entertainment for mobile phones, announces that it has signed a major distribution and revenue-sharing agreement with Beijing-based KongZhong Corporation. KongZhong is the number one supplier of games to China Mobile, the world's largest carrier by number of subscribers."
Superscape's Swerve makes it into J2ME Wireless Toolkit
"Monday, 28th June 2004: Superscape Group plc [LSE: SPS], leaders in revolutionary entertainment for mobile phones, announces that Swerve Client, the company?s JSR 184 compliant 3D software, has been selected by Sun for integration and distribution with a selection of Sun products including Sun?s J2ME Wireless Toolkit. Anyone downloading the Wireless Toolkit from the Sun web site (www.java.sun.com) will automatically have access to Superscape?s Swerve Client as the standard implementation for the development and testing of 3D Java applications for mobile phones and other wireless devices supporting the J2ME environment."
29/06/04 - Tira Jump delivers 1,000th Java Application Port
"2004 JavaOne Conference---Tira Wireless, a provider of enabling technology for the mobile Java? marketplace, today announced that the Tira Jump automated porting platform has been used to
create more than 1,000 Java builds from approximately 90 reference applications. Additionally, the Tira Jump platform now also supports porting to 120 different Java technology-based handsets, including the top-selling devices offered by leading manufacturers such as LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Sharp, Siemens, Sony Ericsson, and others."
Tira Wireless Work Together To Enhance Mobile Gaming
"JavaOne Conference (Sony Ericsson Booth #1332)---Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications and Tira Wireless announced today that the two companies are working together to enhance the mobile gaming experience for North American consumers seeking a more robust selection of popular games on their mobile devices."

lunes, junio 28, 2004

Mr. Goodliving brings Trivial Pursuit™ the worlds biggest quiz game brand to European mobile
"Mr. Goodliving brings Trivial Pursuit? the worlds biggest quiz game brand to European mobile Java phones Helsinki, 28th June Mr. Goodliving, developer and publisher of high-quality games for mobile phones, announced today that it is bringing the world?s biggest quiz brand - Trivial Pursuit? to mobile phones in Europe. "
Developer Challenge from Nokia and Orange
"Nokia and Orange are throwing down a challenge to Java and Symbian OS & Series 60 developers worldwide to cook up cool mobile applications, mainly for WCDMA 3G but also for GPRS enabled terminals. At the JavaOne developers conference in San Francisco, the two mobile communications stalwarts have launched the Orange - Nokia Developer Challenge, a two-phase competition for mobile application coders."
Nokia broadens mobile developer training program
"Nokia today announced that its certified training program in mobile software application development has been expanded to include Nokia Certified Training Centers in Finland, Korea and Australia, as well as California. Launched last year in Asia and more recently expanded to North America and Europe, the training program is now offered in 11 countries around the world. Professional training companies joining the program include FCS Partners (Finland), Hampex (Korea), Object Training (Australia) and IS Inc. (California)."
Nokia announces support for Eclipse
"Nokia has updated some of its tools and software developer?s kits (SDKs) to support Eclipse, the popular Java-based open source Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Support for the Eclipse platform is included in new versions of the Nokia Developer?s Suite for J2ME, version 2.2, and the Nokia Mobile Server Services SDK. In addition, users can now integrate any MIDP Nokia platform SDK into the Eclipse environment."
'Game Phones' the Next Big Thing
"Tough competition is building up as major mobile phone manufactures such as Samsung, LG, Pantech & Curitel and Cyberbank plan to hit the markets with models featuring advanced game systems. The industry expects the new game phones will draw as much attention as MP3 phones, the big thing of the first half of the year. "
Developers urge promotion of mobile gaming
"Depending on which cell phone carriers you ask, mobile gaming is very hot -- or not. And it's this mixed enthusiasm that could be a drag on the growth of that market, say the developers of the tiny games."

viernes, junio 25, 2004

Handango Honors the Best in Mobile Software at the Handango Partner Summit
"SAN DIEGO, California - June 25, 2004 - Last night, Handango, the leading provider of mobile downloads, announced the winners of the Handango Champion Awards at the Handango Partner Summit. Judged by members of the media and other industry experts, the Handango Champion Awards honor the best in mobile software. Winners will receive a generous awards package including a $5,000 marketing stipend and other promotional opportunities. A complete list of winners is available at www.handango.com/Awards/ChampionAwards.jsp."

jueves, junio 24, 2004

"SAN MATEO, CA and HELSINKI, FINLAND, June 24, 2004 ? Digital Chocolate, Inc., a developer of innovative software for mobile phones founded by software gaming pioneer Trip Hawkins, today announced it has acquired Sumea, a leading European developer and publisher of high-quality games for mobile phones."
"CALGARY ? June 23, 2004 ? QSound Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSND), a leading developer of audio and voice software solutions, and QUALCOMM Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that QUALCOMM has licensed QSound?s Q3D? and QXpander? technologies and will integrate these audio enhancers into select QUALCOMM Mobile Station Modem? (MSM?) chipsets. Q3D and QXpander, part of QSound?s microQ family of audio components, can create a 3D audio effect with stereo headsets or just two speakers by expanding audio signals to create a much richer wireless audio experience. The software release incorporating QSound?s QXpander technology will be available in the fourth quarter of calendar 2004, beginning with QUALCOMM?s MSM6550? chipset solution."
3D Graphics–Mobile Games Deal Signed

"Fathammer and Hybrid Graphics have struck a partnership in which the former can integrate Open GL ES and M3G (JSR 184) mobile platform offerings to the S-Forge Game Development System. The mobile game technologies developer (Fathammer) will now have the ability to use advanced 3D graphics in its products by using the Open GL ES interface."
Macrospace proves Multiplayer Mobile Gaming is here to stay as Cannons Tournament passes half a million Games
"Macrospace, the global provider of mobile games and mobile gaming services, today revealed that Cannons Tournament, the first cross-network, cross-platform multiplayer mobile game for mass market handsets has seen more than 600,000 multiplayer game sessions since it?s launch at the end of September last year. Cannons Tournament is a breakthrough in mobile gaming, allowing up to four players to play simultaneously over GPRS and 3G networks from anywhere in the world. Players are able to upload their best scores to an online high score tables, as well as message their opponents using the special in-game chat feature."
Mobile Subscriber Numbers Exceed 1.5 Billion
"Europe : With subscriber numbers having passed the 1.5 billion mark in the first week of June 2004, EMC forecasts that global net additions of more than 240 million in both 2004 and 2005 will set the mobile industry up to break through the 2 billion subscriber mark as soon as July 2006,? comments Kester Mann, Senior Research Analyst at EMC, sourcing EMC?s latest Insight: Understanding Subscriber Growth in Key Global Markets. "
Reaxion Expands Its Mobile Gaming Foot Print with Acquisition of 3SYM
"Reaxion Corp., a leading developer and publisher of mobile games, entertainment and communication applications, today announced the acquisition of the Byelorussian development company, 3SYM. 3SYM's developers are best known for their work on the popular multi-player Brain Game series for Game Boy Advanced and Sony PlayStation. The Company specializes in development on BREW, Symbian and J2ME platforms and will strengthen Reaxion's current position in the mobile gaming market by adding new multi-player and strategy game expertise. In addition, 3SYM will provide Reaxion with the bandwidth necessary to realize new projects and ideas currently on-hold because of team overload. "

lunes, junio 21, 2004

Spot On: Multiplayer for mobile gamers. Are we there yet?
"Two companies in the wireless space give multiplayer gaming a try. Atlas and Kayak share their stories--the wins and the woes."

viernes, junio 18, 2004

MFORMA Uses Crisp Wireless' mLogic 3G to help deliver New WAP 2.0 Mobile Entertainment Content
"New York, NY - June 17, 2004 - Crisp Wireless, a leading provider of mobile applications and content management solutions for consumer-facing enterprises, today announced that MFORMA, a major global provider of wireless entertainment content, is using mLogic 3G Media to help deliver rich multimedia content to subscribers of new WAP 2.0 services soon to be launched by a leading U.S. wireless operator. "
Pac-Man tops UK mobile game chart for April
"Classic Namco title rules the roost in Java downloads ranking. Namco's classic arcade title Pac-Man was the most-downloaded mobile game in the UK during April 2004, according to the second monthly mobile game download chart which has just been released by ELSPA."
Multiplayer and Mobile Leaders to Speak at AGC
"The 2004 Austin Game Conference will deliver critical information on developing multiplayer and massively multiplayer games as well as mobile games for industry professionals with special emphasis on next-generation technologies and business strategies for emerging products and platforms. The unique program will consist of panel sessions and workshops for consoles, PCs and mobile game devices plus a technology pavilion so developers, technologists and business professionals can network in a relaxed atmosphere."

miércoles, junio 16, 2004

BlueSkyFrog.com and THQ WirelessTM partner to deliver hottest Java games
"In a deal that brings two mobile content heavyweights together, Australia's BlueSkyFrog.com, and US-based THQ WirelessTM have joined forces enabling an expansive catalogue of the latest mobile content to be accessible to the Australian market."
Worms in mobile phones
"The Russian anti-virus software house, Kaspersky Labs says that it has detected the first ever computer virus that can be distributed via mobile phones. Cabir, the first network worm which propagates via mobile networks infects telephones running Symbian OS. So far, Cabir does not seem to have caused any security incidents."

martes, junio 15, 2004

Nokia’s first 3G phone based on Symbian OS
"14 June 2004, London, UK ? Symbian today announced that the Nokia 6630 is the eighth 3G mobile phone based on Symbian OS. The 6630 is Nokia?s first 3G phone to use Symbian OS and is the world?s smallest 3G megapixel phone launched to date."
QUALCOMM announces the best of the best at BREW 2004
"June 11, 2004 - BREW 2004 has already come and gone, but QUALCOMM is busying itself planning next year's conference -- which has outgrown its current San Diego location. But there is still plenty to celebrate at BREW 2004, and QUALCOMM has announced the 'Best of Show' recipients for this year:"
N-Gage QD delayed to July in USA
"Month's slippage in the USA won't affect Canadian launch, though
The updated version of Nokia's N-Gage hardware, the N-Gage QD, has slipped a month in the USA - with a July 27th date now planned for the device, which Nokia says has been chosen in order to ensure a simultaneous launch across all channel partners."
Nokia unveils next generation features for the industry's leading smart phone platform, Series 60
"June 14, 2004 -- Helsinki, Finland - Nokia today introduced two new Feature Packs for the Series 60 Platform that will provide future smart phones with stunningly rich features and functionalities for operators, enterprises and consumers in all major markets. The impressive feature set of Series 60 will include multiradio support with GSM/GPRS/EDGE, WCDMA and CDMA, phone displays with higher resolutions and enhanced enterprise support, in addition to the exhaustive number of other features. "
Nokia Connection 2004: Live, work, play the mobile way
"June 14, 2004 -- Helsinki, Finland - Details of five new mobile devices, a software roadmap overview, new mobile infrastructure equipment and updated 2004 volume projections all featured among the breaking news at the annual Nokia Connection conference today. "
Mforma chief goes to ends of Earth to build company
"Mforma Chief Executive Daniel Kranzler is a busy man. Since the beginning of the year, the former McCaw Cellular executive has traveled to six continents and racked up so many frequent flier miles that flight attendants now know him by name."

viernes, junio 11, 2004

"NEW YORK, NY - June 10, 2004 - elkware Inc., a leading developer of mobile entertainment, today announced that it has secured a license from WizKids to create mobile games based on the hit collectable tabletop miniature game, 'Mage Knight.' The agreement is part of elkware's partnership with FOG Studios, a top interactive property licensing agency, and will give elkware the exclusive rights to make mobile games based on the 'Mage Knight' license for four years."
Sold-Out BREW(R) 2004 Developers Conference Highlights
"SAN DIEGO, June 11 -- QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the successful conclusion of its BREW 2004 Developers Conference. The June 7-9 San Diego conference was sold out with nearly 1,600 industry professionals in attendance, including key BREW publishers, developers, operators and handset manufacturers from around the world."

jueves, junio 10, 2004

Kayak Interactive Powers Mobile Multiplayer Games on BREW™-Enabled Handsets
"SAN DIEGO ? June 8, 2004 ? Kayak Interactive, dedicated to making multiplayer gaming a reality in the mobile entertainment industry, announces that it is delivering cross-network multiplayer game play capabilities between BREW-enabled handsets. Support for in-game, multiplayer capabilities to BREW-enabled phones is expected to significantly grow the market for multiplayer wireless games. Kayak Interactive plans to unveil several new game titles at the show. Please visit Kayak Interactive at Booth #3 at the BREW 2004 Developers Conference."
Kyocera Wireless and Superscape Collaborate to Enable the Delivery of 3D Games Over the Air
"SAN DIEGO - (June 8, 2004) ? Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless handsets and telemetry modules, and Superscape Group plc (LSE: SPS), leaders in revolutionary entertainment for mobile phones, today announced a partnership to optimize Superscape's Swerve Client software engine for Kyocera's Koi? 1.2 megapixel camera phone. Koi's oversized 262,000-color screen, ample onboard memory, intuitive keypad and QUALCOMM?s MSM6100 chip set powered by the ARM? 9 processor make it a platform that is ideal for downloading and playing 3D games and multimedia content delivered over the air using QUALCOMM?s BREW? solution. The collaborative partnership will make Koi one of the first 3D-capable mobile phones in North America when it becomes available this summer."
"London, UK ? 9 June, 2004 ? Macrospace, the global provider of mobile games and mobile gaming services, today announced that it had secured the exclusive rights to distribute the first official Manchester United mobile game, ?Manchester United Football?, across all territories in South East Asia. Macrospace will be showcasing this brilliant new soccer game at CommunicAsia 2004, Asia?s largest communications and IT trade event, which this year takes place in Singapore on 11th June."

martes, junio 08, 2004

Activision to Publish BREW(R) Mobile Games
"SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced that it has signed an agreement to become a publisher of wireless applications developed for QUALCOMM's BREW(R) solution."
Sumea and T-Mobile partner to publish official UEFA EURO 2004 Java game for mobile phones
"HELSINKI, FINLAND (May 8, 2004) -- Sumea Interactive Ltd., an award-winning publisher and developer of high-quality downloadable mobile games, and T-Mobile, Official Partner of UEFA EURO 2004?, today announced a partnership to publish the official EURO 2004? FOOTBALL game for mobile phones."
GAME WIRE: Award-Winning Adventure Game Series to Premier on BREW-Enabled Phones
"Purcellville, VA - June 7, 2004 - Infinite Ventures, Inc., handheld game developer and publisher, today announced plans to produce its award-winning series of graphic adventure games including 'Shadowgate(R) Classic,' for QUALCOMM's BREW solution. The series also includes the detective mysteries 'D?j? Vu(R): A Nightmare Comes True' and 'D?j? Vu II: Lost in Las Vegas,' and the gothic horror tale 'Uninvited(R).'"
Why the mobile carriers are slowing down the mobile game market
"Anyone who has shared a room with me for more than five hours total has probably heard me complain about the wireless market. There's a lot to complain about, after all. Until February, I was an AT&T Wireless subscriber, a company whose sole purpose seemed focused on thwarting my wireless phone use. They cancelled my account (without my permission of course) twice within as many weeks. I think I spent over 8 hours that month waiting on hold to talk to their CSRs."

lunes, junio 07, 2004

QUALCOMM Introduces Value Billing Capabilities for BREW(R) Solution
"SAN DIEGO, June 7 -- QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today introduced new billing capabilities for the Company's BREW solution. These value billing features allow wireless operators to extend monetization of BREW applications by offering customers additional purchase opportunities within the context of content and applications on their BREW-enabled devices. In addition, value billing enables operators to offer applications through channels beyond wireless devices, such as operator and developer Web sites, kiosks and in-store purchases."
Mobile Scope Scores Profitable Quarter 1, 2004
"Wireless entertainment publisher Mobile Scope reported its first profitable quarter since the launch of the company in 2001. Revenues for the first quarter of 2004 went up more than 310% compared with revenues in the first quarter 2003, and approximately 50% above 4th quarter of 2003. The year-over-year increase for the first quarter was primarily due to shipments of European mobile game blockbusters such as Moorhen Kart 2004 and RTL Skijumping 2004 during the last year. Based on this first quarter results, the 2004 forecasts were increased to more than 5 million ? (US$ 6 million)."
Winners announced for the 1st MEF Mobile Entertainment Awards
"As of now it looks like mobile entertainment is the most profitable type of mobile software... whatever platform is our favorite, it is interesting to learn which solutions/programs are the winners! You can learn here even who invented the ringtone!"
China Cracks Down On Net
"'Responding to an unprecedented boom in computer game popularity, China's government established a censorship task force this week to monitor the content of imported games for offensive or politically sensitive content."
Mobile phone games thriving
"Isle Li, an online Chinese chess enthusiast and a college student in Beijing, has played more than 20,000 games in the past four years."

viernes, junio 04, 2004

Tata Indicom Ties Up With Nokia To Launch Gaming Package
"MUMBAI: Tata Indicom has tied up with Nokia for launching a mobile gaming package, which will offer users a collection of 1000 games. These games will be supported by Nokia Applic-ation Download Platform, in its first ever deployment of such kind in India. "
IN-FUSIO Awarded Top Honors at 1st MEF Mobile Entertainment Awards
"London, UK ? June 3rd, 2004 ? IN-FUSIO, a leading mobile games service provider and publisher in Europe, US, and China, today announced that The Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) has awarded IN-FUSIO 'Best Contribution To Mobile Games 2004' at its inaugural Mobile Entertainment Awards held in London last night at the Mobile Entertainment Market conference and exhibition. "

jueves, junio 03, 2004

THQ Wireless opens Madrid office, puts Lionel Maestri in charge
"THQ Wireless has appointed mobile sector veteran Lionel Maestri as head of its new Madrid office, where he will help the THQ's Java mobile games subsidiary direct and manage activities in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and Greece."
APS Wireless Stores First to Install SmartServ Mobile Content Kiosks
"PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., June 3 -- SmartServ Online, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: SSRV - News), a leading provider of wireless services and content, and APS Wireless, a mobile phone retailer, have signed an agreement making APS Wireless the first independent cell phone chain in the United States to install SmartServ mobile content kiosks. Beginning in June, kiosks will be placed in APS Wireless stores located in shopping malls throughout eastern Pennsylvania."
DoCoMo tests 4G network
"While most of the world is still waiting for 3G networks to reach critical mass to become useful, Japan's NTT DoCoMo is busy running tests on a 4G network. So far their latest tests top out at 300 Mbps peak and 135 Mbps average throughput, while in motion with line of site. That blows past any current wireless technology and most wired technologies as well, yet is still far short of the ITU's 4G definition of 1 Gbps standstill and 100 MBps while moving. The line of sight issue is also a problem, especially for users in urban areas. "
25-plus Crowd Leans Toward Mobile Gaming
"The percent of mobile gamers age 25 and older has dramatically increased to 36 percent from 22 percent since October 2002, according to the second mobile gaming trend study conducted by In-Fusio, a mobile game publisher. Although the mobile gaming market is growing significantly for older players, the largest group (42 percent) remains between the ages of 18 and 24."

martes, junio 01, 2004

Sumea to launch Survivor mobile game for the new Nokia 3220
"HELSINKI, FINLAND - Sumea Interactive today announced the launch of the Survivor mobile game, based on Castaway Television Productions ? international hit TV show Survivor. Castaway has granted Sumea exclusive rights to Survivor-branded mobile games throughout EMEA, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Sumea?s Survivor mobile game includes the all-embracing adventure aspects of the Survivor format, featuring exceptionally smooth gameplay and amazing graphics. The game will be available in Q3, 2004 exclusively at www.nokia.com/shop and at Nokia Software Market, www.softwaremarket.nokia.com."
Nokia Ships N-gage QD Overseas
"Nokia today announced the immediate availability of its N-gage QD gaming mobile phone in Europe, Africa, and Asia-Pacific.

Pricing varies, but will be available for as little as $60. Availibility and pricing will be different for the U.S. market--the ship date is June 29th, and the suggested pricing will be $199 with one bundled game, and $179 without a game."
High End Wireless Handsets ? A Potential Threat
"Europe : The Nokia 6600, N-Gage, 3650, 7650, Siemens SX1, Sony Ericsson P800 and P900, just a selection of devices that are currently available on the market that allow an entire range of new revenue generating services to be installed on the device. When taken at face vale this seems like an excellent development for the mobile industry, but in many cases however, a savvy user can use this open operating system to completely bypass a range of services that are normally charged for by their mobile operator."