lunes, julio 31, 2006

Gambling on Cellular Phones!
Mr. Wong, President and Chief Operating Officer of Mobile Interactive System, has recently developed a revolutionary gambling technology allowing Online Casino games to be played by means of mobile phones. The first game to be compatible with this technology is a roulette game that can be connected with an online Casino. In close future more games will be added to the list of interactive mobile games. These include: such as blackjack, keno, and craps.
Mobile IQ Trainer coming soon
Mobile games developer Telcogames are set to release their 'Mobile IQ Trainer' title worldwide this September.
TOP GAMES PUBLISHERS GO DIRECT TO MOBILE WITH BANGO
Capcom, Hands-On Mobile and Codemasters seize the opportunity as the mobile games market explodes. With the rapidly growing demand for mobile games, top publishers such as Capcom, Hands-On Mobile and Codemasters are seizing the opportunity to engage directly with gamers around the world with the help of Bango.
Mobile phone games surpass online sagas
QUICK, simple games like poker and mobile phone games are playing a bigger role at a game exhibition that traditional favorites following a government crackdown on online games that some think can become addictive.
EA games coming to Verizon, Sprint
Gaming on the small screen is entering the big time. PC and console game giant Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) will deliver mobile-phone games through both Verizon Wireless Inc. and Sprint Corp. in the next few months, the companies announced Monday.
Superscape's Ali Boxing Game on Midwest Wireless
HOOK, England, July 28 -- Superscape Group plc (LSE: SPS) announces that its Ali Boxing game is now available for download from the Midwest Wireless network.
Shanda Launches Mobile Games With Motorola
Chinese online game development company Shanda (SNDA) and Motorola (MOT) have signed an agreement for Motorola to launch exclusive mobile versions of Shanda's popular World of Legend and Magical Land online role playing games on specially customized Motorola E680g handsets.

viernes, julio 28, 2006

Sony Ericsson K610i 3G Phone Review
This Sony Ericsson handset comes in a few disguises. Its known as the K610i for Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and as the K610c for Mainland China.
America Movil Sees 13 Million-14 Million Subscriber Adds In 2-H 2006
MEXICO CITY -(Dow Jones)- Mexican wireless company America Movil expects to add between 13 million and 14 million subscribers to its customer base in the second half of the year, Chief Executive Daniel Hajj said Thursday.

jueves, julio 27, 2006

Manhattan Producers Alliance launches world's first Mobile Games Music and SFX Library
The Manhattan Producers Alliance today announced a partnership with Grammy Award winning composer/engineer Steve Horowitz to produce the high-end music and sound effect library - Mobile Audio 2 Go for wireless games.
Column: Will Paris Hilton's mobile game start a celebrity bandwagon?
There was a time when being a celebrity was about having the fast cars, the yachts, the luxury handbags... Then it was all about having the right small-yappy-dog to put in said handbags. And now? It's about having your own mobile game. At least, that's the conclusion to be drawn from the recently-released Paris Hilton's Diamond Quest, made by French mobile game publisher Gameloft.
Gamevil Expands Into U.S. Mobile Market
South Korea-based mobile company Gamevil announced today the formation of Gamevil USA, the company's newest expansion. The Los Angeles branch will focus on bringing mobile games to major cellular carriers throughout the United States.

miércoles, julio 26, 2006

New BenQ-Siemens SL91 3G Handset
Europe : At first sight, the BenQ-Siemens SL91 reveals only one thing: its impeccably beautiful design. The shiny, deep black surface of the mobile and the design shell is evocative of impeccably cut glass.
New BenQ-Siemens E81 3G Handset
Europe : The BenQ-Siemens E81 is a UMTS powerhouse in its most compact form. Measuring a mere 99.8 x 46.7 x 16.7 millimeters, this exceedingly small mobile boasting extensive UMTS functionality will fit into even the smallest pocket.
The Perfect Mobile Game
This is yet another slow Monday with basically nothing going on in the mobile gaming industry. Therefore it is editorial time. QuicklyBored is in the business of trying to find a mobile game that does not suck. In doing so, we’ve come across certain unbreakable rules that mobile games should currently follow and by doing so will help create the perfect game. The perfect mobile game should have the following features: Simple user interface, quick play, and multiplayer.
Two Oasys Mobile Games Climb to Top 10 Ranking; ''Texas Hold'em by Phil Hellmuth''and''UNO(R) Challenge'' Land in Top 10 Best-Sellers List of Games for Mobile Phones
RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 25, 2006--Oasys Mobile, Inc. (OTCBB: OYSM), a leading provider of premium mobile media content, products and services, today announced that two of its mobile games are among the top 10 best-sellers in the U.S. Two Oasys Mobile games for mobile phones--Texas Hold'em by Phil Hellmuth and UNO(R) Challenge--join classic games such as Tetris, Frogger, PAC-MAN and Ms. PAC-MAN in the May rankings issued monthly by M:Metrics, the mobile market authority. Oasys Mobile was one of only three providers with more than one game in the top 10 list.
MC2 and Tetraedge team up in cellphone videogames delivery
MC2, the videogames publisher and specialist in adventure games, and Tetraedge Games, the mobile games specialist, have announced that Tetraedge has been chosen to gear MC2’s entire catalogue towards mobile-phone platforms. The signing of the partnership agreement between the two companies is accompanied by MC2's acquisition of a minority interest in Tetraedge's capital.
Earnings Preview: RealNetworks
NEW YORK (AP) - Digital media company RealNetworks Inc. reports second-quarter earnings on Thursday. The following is a summary of key developments and analyst opinion related to the period.
Motorola Unleashes 3G MotoRAZR MAXX
US : Blending cutting-edge design and the power of high-speed connectivity, the MOTORAZR MAXX satisfies the appetite of even the most demanding consumer. An eye-catching, ultra-thin design displays its pedigree RAZR phone lineage. With hi-end finishes, that include a futuristic blend of metal and glass and touch-sensitive music keys that illuminate – the MOTORAZR MAXX comes to life in your hand and is one of the smallest broadband phones available.

martes, julio 25, 2006

Women hold future of mobile gaming
Robin Taylor grew up playing marathon nights of Crazy Eights, backgammon and chess with her parents. Today when the 45-year-old Brockton, Mass, mother of six, can spare a moment, she loads a round of solitaire on her BlackBerry phone.
3G Nokia N73 Phone Starts Shipping
Europe : Nokia announced that shipments have begun for the Nokia N73, a stunning multimedia computer with excellent photography features and integrated stereo speakers for optimized audio pleasure. The Nokia N73 includes a 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics, and support for social networks on the Internet like Flickr, the world's leading online photo sharing community. This is truly a connected camera for the digital shutterbug.
3G Nokia N93 Phone Starts Shipping
Europe : Nokia announced that deliveries of the new Nokia N93 have begun. The latest addition to Nokia's high performance Nokia Nseries multimedia computer range, the Nokia N93 offers uncompromised digital camcorder, telephony and rich internet functionality.
LG 3G U400 Music Phone Launched on 3 UK
Europe UK : LG Mobile (LG) announces this year's hottest music handset, the LG U400, exclusively on the 3 network. Available in the UK in black, this music rich, slim-line, 3G slider also has an external scroll wheel which allows easy navigation through a multitude of cutting-edge features.
LG 3G U400 Music Phone Launched on 3 UK
Europe UK : LG Mobile (LG) announces this year's hottest music handset, the LG U400, exclusively on the 3 network. Available in the UK in black, this music rich, slim-line, 3G slider also has an external scroll wheel which allows easy navigation through a multitude of cutting-edge features.
World's First Commercial UMA Phone
ASIA Korea: Samsung launched Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) phone (model: SGH-P200) in Italian market. It is the world's first commercial mobile phone to which UMA technology is applied.
Number of mobile phone users falls for 1st time in June
The number of mobile telephone users in Brazil fell to 91.8 million in June from 92.4 million in May, a fall of 0.67%, according to data released Friday on the website of Brazilian telecommunications regulator Anatel.

sábado, julio 22, 2006

Nokia mobile phone games from Snap
Nokia today announced it will provide Snap Mobile multiplayer games for download and purchase through its Nokia Content Discoverer, embedded in millions of Nokia devices based on S60 and Series 40 currently available in markets worldwide. The new arrangement provides mobile gaming publishers and developers a global distribution channel, enabling them to reach users of all Nokia handsets. Nokia Content Discoverer, representing the evolution of Nokia's end-to-end Preminet content discovery and delivery ecosystem for mobile operators, offers a collection of shopping mall "stores" or "catalogs" that afford mobile subscribers easy access to downloadable content from branded content providers.

viernes, julio 21, 2006

News: Konami and Tokyopop to bring manga based mobile games
Konami announced that it is forming a partnership with TokyoPop to launch a series of mobile games based on several manga. The first mobile gaming to be available is East Coast Rising in Fall 2006. East Coast Rising is a popular manga from TokyoPop and this mobile game in particular features downloadable levels for added replay value.
Round Up: Japan Mobile, WAAT Media, Landau & AGC
Today's Gamasutra round-up includes news of Japan's mobile gaming industry, WAAT Media adding mobile entertainment executives, and Jon Landau delivering a keynote at the upcoming Austin Game Conference, as well as the latest GameSetWatch posts, product news, Serious Games Source news, and Gamasutra job postings.
1.5 Billion Prepaid Subscribers Worldwide
Informa Telecoms & Media says that prepaid subscriptions worldwide passed the 1.5 billion milestone at the beginning of July 2006, as mobile subscriptions worldwide approach the 2.5 billion mark. Latest research from Informa reports the share of prepaid subscriptions increasing to an estimated 61.8% of total subscriptions, up from 58.6% at the end of June 2005. Abigail Browne, senior analyst on WCIS said, "The last half billion prepaid subscriptions have been gained by mobile operators in less than 17 months since February 2005, nearly twice as fast as the 29 months it took them to add the previous half billion. In the year to June 2006 more than 75% of mobile net additions worldwide were prepaid".
The Money Is Still in Messaging, Despite 3G
While 3G enables the introduction of richer applications over high-speed data network, simple messaging applications would continue to drive mobile data revenues in Asia Pacific says Janice Chong, industry manager at global growth consulting company, Frost & Sullivan. In cellular markets ex-Japan and South Korea, revenues from messaging alone contributed as much as 72 percent (or US$11.64 billion) to the total mobile data market in 2005.
Motorola Bundling Yahoo On New Handsets
Motorola has signed a new multi-year agreement to distribute Yahoo! Go for Mobile on tens of millions of new Motorola mobile devices. Yahoo! Go for Mobile brings an integrated suite of Yahoo!'s services including Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Search, Yahoo! Address Book and Yahoo! Local into a single application that connects consumers to their personalized Internet experience through their mobile device.
Low Cost is More Than Just Skin Deep for Motorola's Q
Available for as little as $200, the Motorola Q has set a new low point for smart-phone pricing. And with a materials and manufacturing cost of only $158, the Q has achieved impressively low production expenses as well, according to research from iSuppli Corp.'s Teardown Analysis Service.
Nokia Profits Surge on Handset Sales
Nokia has announced that its second quarter 2006 net sales increased 22% to EUR9.8 (US$12.3) billion, compared with EUR8.1 (US$10.1) billion in the second quarter 2005. At constant currency, group net sales would have increased 17%. Nokia's second quarter 2006 operating profit grew 50% to EUR1.5 (US$1.9) billion (including the positive impact of the EUR276 (US$345) million special item).

jueves, julio 20, 2006

Nokia Content Discoverer provides global distribution channel for SNAP Mobile multiplayer games
Nokia has announced it will provide SNAP Mobile multiplayer games for download and purchase through its Nokia Content Discoverer on-device portal solution, embedded in millions of Nokia devices based on S60 and Series 40 currently available in markets worldwide.

miércoles, julio 19, 2006

Guppy Games Signs Mobile Game Distribution Agreement With Kotobuki Solution to Distribute Jump Girls in Japan
BELLEVUE, Wash., July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Guppy Games has selected Kotobuki Solution Co., Ltd. (KEMCO Japan) as their distribution partner for releasing Guppy Games titles in Japan. The first title for distribution will be Jump Girls with an expected launch by fall 2006.
Localizing Mobile Games: Ori Elraviv, Founder of Dragon Ports
Regardless of how China Mobile and China Unicom plan to regulate China's telecom landscape, there will always be a need for reliable companies to provide the gaming content for users to play. Originally from Israel, Ori Elraviv is the CEO and Co-Founder of Dragon Ports, an outsourcing house for porting, testing and localization of mobile applications in China.
VisiTech PR Marks One-Year Anniversary with Namco Networks; Agency Celebrates Milestone with Mobile Gaming Leader
DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 17, 2006--VisiTech PR, a public relations agency specializing in public relations for high-tech companies, today announced its one-year anniversary representing Namco Networks America Inc., a leading developer and publisher of mobile games and content. Namco Networks selected VisiTech PR last year prior to becoming a mobile- and network-focused, full subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings (USA) Inc.
Women hold future of mobile gaming
Robin Taylor grew up playing marathon nights of Crazy Eights, backgammon, and chess with her parents. Today when the 45-year-old Brockton mother of six can spare a moment, she loads a round of solitaire on her BlackBerry phone.
Top mobile game creator blows up pocket titles for desktop incarnations
As the maker of mobile games like the BAFTA award-winning Bluetooth Biplanes, you might think Morpheme would be happy enough with its pocket-sized lot. But as managing director Matt Spall explains, the company has even bigger ambitions – it's looking to take some of its phone titles onto the PC.
Mobile Game Conference - Panel Report
The "Using the Camera and Other Phone Bits" roundtable at the MGC was based upon the premise that significant technological advancements lead to better games. While the console and PC segments of the gaming industry have reached a technological saturation point where development is more evolutionary than revolutionary, the immaturity of mobile means that we're set to see mobile gaming change in leaps and bounds over the next few years.
Ipsh Adds Mobile Media Planning, Buying
NEW YORK Ipsh said it has begun a media unit to help advertisers place brand messages in mobile media.
Err, I think it's a Nokia ...
A consumer research study conducted for LogicaCMG by Ipsos MORI shows that mobile operators could be losing revenue because more than half (58%) of mobile phone users do not know the make and the model of their handset. The poll suggests that this lack of knowledge could be posing a problem for operators and manufacturers who are trying to drive uptake of advanced data services, such as multimedia messaging (MMS), video calling and mobile internet browsing.
50 Million RAZR Phones
Motorola says that it has now shipped the 50 millionth Motorola RAZR V3 handset. Noted by industry experts as a game-changing feat of design and engineering, the Motorola RAZR measures just 13.9mm thin. The Motorola RAZR launched on the global stage in Hong Kong, and made its US debut with Cingular Wireless. Since its introduction in the fourth quarter of 2004, Motorola posted an industry-leading performance in handset sales up 42 percent versus fourth-quarter 2003 shipments.

lunes, julio 17, 2006

Tira Wireless Streamlines End-to-End Content Deployment for Multiple Mobile Media Types
SAN MATEO -July 17, 2006- Tira Wireless, the premier provider of advanced technology for mobile content deployment, today announced Tira Jump Version 3. The latest release of Tira's flagship product extends support for mobile content beyond applications to other media types, such as ringtones and wallpapers. New features for deployment planning and direct to operator mobile asset submission are also included.
Linux Poised to Expand Role as Mobile OS
Wellingborough, UK – The use of Linux as a mobile operating system (OS) has been steadily growing, with an increasing number of companies announcing plans to develop Linux platforms.
O2 Introduces 4 New I-Mode Phones
Europe UK : Four new i-Mode handsets have arrived on O2. They are Motorola L6, Motorola L7i and the LG L343i and Samsung S401i.
Telefónica slates US$12.7bn to boost LatAm mobile telephony penetration
Spanish telecoms giant Telefónica plans to invest nearly 10bn euros (US$12.7bn) by 2009 to increase its penetration in the Latin American mobile telephony market, José María Alvarez-Pallete, president of Telefónica Internacional was quoted as saying by regional press.

sábado, julio 15, 2006

Superscape 2D & 3D Mobile Games Launch on the Cricket Network
Superscape Group has announced that eleven of its mobile games, including both 2D and 3D titles, are now available for download from the Leap Wireless owned network, Cricket. Some of the games’ titles are: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: The pre-eminent fantasy world of The Elder ScrollsR IV: and OblivionT.
MGC: US Mobile Games Market can Learn from Asia
Square Enix President and COO Daishiro Okada's presence as a Mobile Games Conference keynote speaker underscored the company's commitment to the mobile platform almost more than their products themselves. Okada's speech illustrated the company's heavy mobile interest, even at the top level. Okada primarily focused his points around what US mobile companies could learn from their Asian peers.
Live Blogging the Mobile Game Conference: Day Two
Live Blogging the Mobile Game Conference: Day Two
Tendbeyond releases Amazing Space for Symbian S60
After Pushing, created by Tendbeyond, AmazingSpace is the new style puzzle game with unique features.
Aces Poker Line released by Concrete Software™
Concrete Software Inc., a leading developer of mobile entertainment, announced , that it has localized its award winning line-up of Aces brand poker games. Concrete Software, the producer of Aces Texas Hold'em™ - No Limit, Aces Texas Hold'em™ - Limit and Aces Omaha has now localized its top selling trio into German, Italian, and Spanish to complement the existing and increasingly successful English version.
Player One announces 4 new mobile games
Player One Limited, leading global publisher of games and content for mobile phones, is delighted to announce the launch of their latest mobile games, Michael Vaughan Cricket 06/07, World Pool Championships, Reactor Pinball and Nebulus.
Mobile Amusements release 'Mouse Panic! 2'
Mobile Amusements release 'Mouse Panic! 2' for Java mobiles.
Faces of Mars release Buffy the Vampire Slyaer - The Quest for OZ
Faces of Mars release its new exciting adventure game based on the famous Buffy-characters.
THQ Wireless releases Juiced: Eliminator
To coincide with the launch of Juiced Eliminator for the PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) system, THQ Wireless is launching Juiced Eliminator on mobile phones across Europe this week.

viernes, julio 14, 2006

Massively multiplayer Mobile Game to Hit Java Phones Through the Smackall SMNA
Smackall, a leading mobile entertainment solution provider announces the release of massively multi-player online game (MMOG) available on selected Java-enabled mobile phones through the SMNA Technology.
M:Metrics: Top Ten Mobile Games, Publishers
SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 13, 2006 -- M:Metrics, the mobile market authority, today issued its rankings of the top mobile games titles and publishers for the month of May. The measurement firm found that perennial favorites Tetris, Bejeweled and World Poker Tour - Texas Hold 'Em have dominated the top three positions, while EA Mobile leads all publishers by a wide margin.
Mobile Games Are Casual, Little Played
The few cell phone gamers out there are mostly playing "casual" games such as Tetris and Bejeweled, according to new numbers from research firm M:Metrics. In fact, if you combine variants of Tetris, Bewjeweled, poker and Pac-Man, you end up with 25% of the games downloaded in May of 2006, M:Metrics says.

jueves, julio 13, 2006

South Korean games market to break $2bn
The games market in South Korea will exceed $2bn (£1.08bn) in 2007, according to an industry analyst.
Study: Mobile phone penetration nears 60% in Buenos Aires
Some 60% of homes in the greater Buenos Aires area have at least one mobile phone, according to a study by the Argentine unit of market research firm AC Nielsen.
British 3G Subscribers Prefer Puzzle & Retro Games
Puzzle/Strategy and Retro/Arcade mobile games are the top game genres among UK 3G mobile game players, according to Telephia. Telephia's Q2 2006 U.K. 3G Subscriber Report shows that 61% or nearly two-thirds of UK 3G mobile game players downloaded a Puzzle/Strategy mobile game, while Retro/Arcade games secured a 45% penetration rate. Action/Adventure and Card/Casino games secured 42 and 39 percent of downloads, respectively, followed by Trivia/Word (32%) and Sports/Racing (30%) games.
Sony Ericsson W810i finally number one
The Swedish manufacturer of carrying cases for portable electronics, Krusell, has released their "Top 10"-list for June 2006. After three consecutive months on top of this list, Motorola RaZr V3/V3i/V3c has to leave its top position to the new number one, the Sony Ericsson W810i. The list is based upon the number of pieces of model specific mobile and smart phone cases that have been ordered from Krusell during June 2006. Krusell's list is unique due to the fact that it reflects the sales of phones on six continents and in more than 50 countries around the globe.
1. (4) Sony Ericsson W810i
2. (1) Motorola RaZr V3/ V3i /V3c
3. (2) Sony Ericsson K750i/D750i/W800i
4. (3) Nokia 6230/6230i
5. (6) Nokia N70
6. (5) Nokia 6280/6282
7. (-) PalmOne Treo 600/650/700
8. (7) Qtek 9100/ I-mate K-Jam
9. (-) Motorola V1150/Razr V3X
10. (10) Qtek S200/I-mate Jamin

miércoles, julio 12, 2006

Postmortem: Digital Chocolate's Tower Bloxx
Digital Chocolate is a mobile games publisher committed to delivering top-notch titles to the market, which in return ensures that here at Sumea, Dchoc’s internal development studio in Helsinki (Finland), not a single boring day goes by. Aside from delivering a constant stream of solid titles, we’re also proud to say that our company is spearheading the innovation efforts within the mobile games industry with several un-licensed, outside-of-the-box-thinking game concepts such as Mobile League Sports Network (MLSN) and Johnny Crash Does Texas.
Column: Going Mobile - The Old World's New Rules
In the latest 'Going Mobile' column, Foci Mobile lead analyst Steve Palley takes a fascinating look at how the European cellphone game market differs from the North American one, suggesting that a change may be in the air for the US mobile monopolies.
Namco Networks and G-Mode Partner to Bring G-Mode Games to the North American Mobile Market
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 10, 2006--Namco Networks, a leading publisher and developer of wireless games and network content, today announced a strategic partnership with G-Mode, one of Japan's largest mobile content providers.
Nokia to distribute multiplayer mobile games via on-device portal
Nokia customers can download multiplayer games from Snap Mobile, located on Nokia's Content Discoverer on-device portal.
South Korean Games Market Expected to Exceed $2.0 Billion in 2007
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 11, 2006 -- Pearl Research forecasts the games market in South Korea will exceed $2.0 billion in 2007, driven by the fast growing online and mobile games market. These findings are contained in the 80-page "Games Market in Korea" report published by San Francisco-based Pearl Research, a leading business intelligence and consulting firm.

martes, julio 11, 2006

Sony Ericsson V630i 3G Phone Review
Vodafone’s new, exclusive 3G-powered Sony Ericsson V630i may look new on the outside but inside it harbours a very familiar secret. What could it be? Let’s find out
Report: More Than Half Of Mobile Games Are Downloaded
According to a recent Telephia-conducted report, more than half of games played on mobile phones in North America are downloaded by the subscriber.
Ten Superscape Mobile Games Come to Metro PCS Customers
Superscape Group has announced that ten of its 2D and 3D mobile games titles are now available to customers of the Metro PCS network. The titles of games include Scuba Solitaire 3D, Bop It 3D, Andretti Racing 3D, JAWS 3D, Ivan Ironman Stewart 3D, Street Hoops 3D, AMF Xtreme Bowling 3D, Evel Knievel Evel-ution 2D, Harlem Globetrotters 3D, and Independence Day 4 3D. Kevin Roberts, CEO, Superscape Group said: "Metro PCS has chosen many of our 3D titles for their consumers, including Bop It!, which is one of our newest games. This is a great noisy game to play both on your own or to share around at parties in the 'Pass n' Play mode."
Global mobile games market to reach $17 bn by 2011
MUMBAI: The evolution in mobile games - involving subscription and downloads - is set to continue in the next five years, with a growth in global revenues from $3.1 bn in 2006 to approaching $17.6 bn by 2011, according to Juniper Research. A rise producing a cumulative revenue stream of nearly $57 bn over the next six years has been predicted.
Sagem: LatAm GSM base to grow 85-90% in 2006
French mobile equipment manufacturer Sagem expects Latin America's GSM handset market to grow 85-90% in 2006 compared to 2005, Sagem Latin America VP and general manager Víctor Díaz told BNamericas.
Price Dominates Games Download Motivation
More than half of games played on mobile phones are downloaded by the subscriber, according to Telephia. The latest report from Telephia for April 2006 shows that downloaded games comprise 53% of all games played on mobile phones, while 39% of games played are pre-existing on the subscribers' phone. The remaining eight percent are played online on the mobile web. In addition, 71% of all downloaded mobile game revenues are generated from on-portal game purchases, while 29% come from off-portal purchases.
ITU: Chile, Argentina, Caribbean lead in access to new technologies
Chile, Argentina, Barbados, Jamaica and the Bahamas lead the region in terms of access to digital communications technology and its use, according to a new index released by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

viernes, julio 07, 2006

Tag Games Signs Platinum Partnership Agreement With Redboss
Dundee, Scotland, July 6th. Tag Games Limited, a new mobile game studio, has signed a 'platinum partnership' agreement with Redboss, giving Tag Games distribution channels in a number of Eastern European territories and access to the company's Saphira delivery platform.
White Chocolate From LG
LG Electronics has announced the upcoming availability of new versions of its Chocolate handset. Slated for release in the UK across Q3 and Q4 of 2006, the latest versions of the million-selling phone include white and pink handsets and new 'premium' Chocolate phones with unique design variations and enhanced technical specifications which will be available before the end of the year.
Handset Media Difficult to Use - report�
The Usable Products Company has issued a study of Amp'd Kyocera Angel, Sprint LG Fusic, and Verizon Samsung SCH-a950 handsets from a usability perspective. Both LG's Fusic and Samsung's SCH-a950 had external controls for playing music while the handset was closed. Success rates for external controls were 62% and 67%, respectively. Weiss noted, "If more than a third of consumers fail at using these phones as media players, the phones will flop in the market."
Funmobile releases Horse Racing Master
Funmobile, a leading mobile entertainment developer and messaging service provider, announces the launch of Horse Racing Master for horseracing fanatics with wise betting mechanism.
Living Mobiles announces "Pirates 2"
In July the sea will come onto your mobile phone. Jack Sparrow, the roguish yet charming pirate, takes you to the Caribbean in Living Mobiles latest game. Play through the whole plot of the highly anticipated movie. As always Jack has big problems: not only have the British army destroyed his beloved boat, the "Black Pearl", and are trying to catch him, but the ghost of the ocean, Davey Jones, is also after him. Living Mobile has integrated witty dialogue, sword fights and naval battles into the exciting story, bringing a lot of action to your mobile phone. But Jack Sparrow stands his man and fights back!
Pedro Amaro back with new article
Pedro Amaro is back in his corner and has promptly written a new article Licensed Games – Always a Good Option?.
Concrete Software Announces Release of "3D Constructo Combat"
Concrete Software Inc., a leading developer of mobile entertainment, announced its newest addition to its lineup of innovative games, 3D Constructo Combat. Concrete Software is well known for building innovative, award-winning entertainment with titles such as Aces Texas Hold’em™ and Links Scorecard across many different mobile devices such as BlackBerry® handhelds, Pocket PC devices, Smartphones, and more.
Vivendi Mobile Games releases "Navy Challenge"
Vivendi Mobile Games (“VMG”) announced the availability for Europe of Navy Challenge, a latest generation mobile game based on classic battleship game-play.
Visiware launches "Brix Fusion" with Touchlink Mobile
Visiware – a world leading Interactive TV game publisher, that recently launched the triple play (TV, mobile, broadband) offer, has published the mobile game Brix Fusion.
OrangePixel releases "Sliderkids"
Still riding the OneThumb gaming train, OrangePixel now releases Sliderkids, a game that with it's fast gameplay and colorfull graphics should prove to be an interesting challenge to both casual gamers and hardcore gamers.
IN-FUSIO releases "Tour de France 2006 Mobile"
International mobile games and entertainment publisher IN-FUSIO renews its exclusive partnership with Amaury Sport Organisation, official organiser of the Tour de France. The Tour de France game™ on mobile phones is available in Europe, North America, and Asia for Java, ExEn and EGE platforms.
Tendbeyond releases "Wiper" for Symbian S60
Tendbeyond releases "Wiper" for Symbian S60.
Living Mobile launches "Bomberman Deluxe"
Bomberman returns with a blast: “Bomberman Deluxe”, the third sequel after the popular “Bomberman” and “Super Bomberman” game will be available from 12th of July across Europe. Living Mobile again releases an innovative game with crisp graphics and numerous new features of the brands that has sold over 1 Mio units on mobiles worldwide!
Mobile Alliance releases Tossed up Fool, the most popular Russian cards game
Mobile Alliance releases Tossed up Fool, the most popular Russian cards game.

jueves, julio 06, 2006

Tag Games Signs Platinum Partnership Agreement With Redboss
Dundee, Scotland, July 6th. Tag Games Limited, a new mobile game studio, has signed a 'platinum partnership' agreement with Redboss, giving Tag Games distribution channels in a number of Eastern European territories and access to the company's Saphira delivery platform.
Actor Madhavan features in mobile games
Chennai, July. 5 (PTI); A Mumbai-based game development company, Paradox has signed a world wide contract with actor Madhavan to create six mobile game titles based on him.
Superscape 2D and 3D Mobile Games Launch on the Cricket Network
SAN CLEMENTE, California, July 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Superscape Group plc (LSE: SPS - News) announces that eleven of its mobile games, including both 2D and 3D titles, are now available for download from the Leap Wireless owned network, Cricket.
WiMAX Launched in Colombia
Siemens says that it has installed Latin America's first commercial WiMAX network for Orbitel, Colombia's leading long-distance operator. The new network is located in Cali, Colombia's third-largest city, and provides wireless internet access on the basis of Siemens' WayMAX@vantage solution comprising base stations, modems and a monitoring and control system. Over the coming months, Orbitel will start to roll out the Siemens WiMAX technology in a further 14 major Colombian cities.

miércoles, julio 05, 2006

Celador International and Glu Mobile Launch Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? 2nd Edition
London, UK - 4 July, 2006 - Glu Mobile, a leading developer and global publisher of mobile entertainment, and Celador International today announced the launch of the much-anticipated "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? 2nd Edition." Today's launch follows the success of the original title, which sold more than one million units in the first eight months of launch and secured the top spot on the official Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) mobile games download chart.
Six New 3G Phones from DoCoMo
Japan's DoCoMo says that it has introduced six handsets in the 3G FOMA "7 Series." The stylish lineup places special emphasis on design and even includes three models conceived by noted outside designers: D702iF: Momoko Ikuta, P702iD: Taku Satoh, N702iS: Oki Sato. All the models are compatible with video phone, i-channel for news delivered automatically to the phone's standby screen as telop text and Deco-mail e-mail decoration.

martes, julio 04, 2006

Women dominate mobile phone gaming market
Women like to play games on mobile phones more than men, according to an analyst firm that has studied the gender gaming habits. Apparently, Women represent 59 percent of US mobile gamers, says the study released by market research and consulting firm Parks Associates. The report, "Electronic Gaming in the Digital Home," also reveals females comprise 61 percent of those who play mobile games between one and four hours monthly, and 58 percent of those who spend more than four hours per month playing games on a mobile phone.
Superman zone on Reliance Mobile World
Chennai: Children in over 4,000 towns will now be able to watch clips of Superman Returns, the sequel to Hollywood blockbuster that has huge fan following among youth. India Games, the sole distributor of Superman mobile content in India, has tied up with Reliance Communications to offer all this on Reliance Mobile World, the data application suite of Reliance Mobile.
Cellstar, Motorola extend distribution agreements in the US, LatAm
US telecoms equipment and value added services provider Cellstar has extended its current distribution agreements with telecom equipment supplier Motorola for the US and Latin America until a new agreement is signed, Cellstar said in a press release.
Living with - or without - technology
Almost half of us think new technology looks cool even if we don't understand it, according to a recent Synovate survey. The global market research company also learned that while a mobile phone is the gadget most people could not live without, almost one-quarter of respondents claim they could live without any of their high-tech toys.
Mobile phone imports rise 25% in Jan-May
Argentina's mobile phone imports rose 25% in the first five months of 2006 to 4.34 million units compared to the same period in 2005, according to a study conducted by local consultancy Datarisk.

lunes, julio 03, 2006

Tec Toy Mobile to invest over US$2mn in cellphone games market
Joint venture Tec Toy Mobile intends to invest 5mn reais (US$2.26mn) in 2006 and 2007 to seek market share in Brazil's games for the cellphone industry, Brazilian financial newspaper Valor Econômico reported.
Women Dominate Mobile Phone Gaming
Women represent 59% of all U.S. consumers who play games on a mobile phone, according to a new study from Parks Associates. Furthermore, women comprise 61% of all those playing mobile phone games 1-4 hours per month and 58% of all those playing for more than four hours per month.