Archive for January, 2010

Last Few Days left to register for Mobile Conclave

Airtel’s Snr. VP (Entertainment VAS) Saleem Mobhani, Milind Pathak, Comviva’s VP Milind Pathak, SatNav’s President (Sales) Surinder Saini , Canaan Partner’s Harish Gandhi also speaking at the Conclave among others… Register here…mobileconclave.

January 18th, 2010

Highlights from Mobile World today

  1. Google’s highly-touted Nexus One handset sold around 20,000 units in its first week, according to data compiled by app analytics firm Flurry. Also, I feel it will be highly unjustified to make ‘apples for apples’ comparisons with other phones like iPhone when Nexus One is going with singular distribution model.
  2. Spinvox investors get just £600 from Nuance acquisition: According to BBC tech journalist Rory Cellan-Jones who rooted out a letter from Spinvox to employees with share options, telling them that Nuance paid £600 for all the company’s shares – with that amount being shared between all the company’s shareholders.


            As part of the acquisition, Nuance paid around £40 million in    cash, but Cellan-Jones explains that this went towards paying off an emergency  loan taken out by Spinvox last summer, at the height of its troubles. The most controversial aspect of the news is that at the same time as taking out that loan, Spinvox was asking staff to accept shares in the company instead of their salaries. Shares that have now turned out to be worthless.

3.  Saleem Mobhani, Snr. Vice President for Bharti Airtel to deliver keynote address in Mobile Conclave on 22nd. Jan’10.

4.  Airtel Acquires 70% In Warid Telecom.

5.  BSNL & National Fertilizers To Offer Rural Mobile Services.

6.  Maneesh Dhir, former EVP (International) and MD (India) for AOL, is joining Apple India as Country Sales Manager.

(Source: Excerpts from Mobile Entertainment)

January 13th, 2010

Samsung’s Technology@Home workshop

Generally wireless but some times entertainment technology also fascinates me. Some years back, I used to see my cousin who used to bring any and all kinds of toys (how so ever technology heavy they might have been) for his son. His son will showoff his new PSP and small electronic bikes to all in his circle of friends…Some of them used to be latest and costliest in the market and I just used to wonder at times if this is the right age for kids to have those kinds of tech-heavy gadgets.

Then some years back, I stayed in China for about an year and was again exposed to all kinds of technology gadgets be it for children or for adults. Most Indians visiting China for business or pleasure used to take flat panel digital TVs back with them.

Just last Saturday I got to attend a Technology @ Home workshop organised by Samsung in a coffee shop named Chocola in popular Khan Market of South Delhi. Other attendees inluded 20+ bloggers including Mr. Madhavan Narayanan and a handful of other guests.

There I met Mr. Kishore Bhargav, a technology consultant regularly sought by  NDTV, BBC and other media for his expert views on technology issues. Also met India’s leading interior designer Rekha Nambiar.

Mr. Kishore elaborated on how he consumes media for entertainment. He told the audience that he has more then nine wireless gadgets in his home and how all are connected to a single repository in his study where he store tons of movies and music. 

Samsung team demonstrated their latest 2.99cm, 3rd. generation LCD TV. With most digital devices used for entertainment@home having ports like HDMI and USB along with WiFi in many cases, the idea is to build, organize and manage a single repository of media – be it music, movies or pictures and stream it across devices within the periphery of your home. In case you can understand what a static IP is, and can manage a fast enough Internet connection, you can have the privilege of running a media server too! He said, WiFi is the word and seamless connectivity is the need of the hour. He also mentioned that he wishes and some times able to access music on his repository at home while roaming elsewhere in the world. Now that’s entertainment 2.0.

After a long time, I was hearing about technology in an entertaining fashion and thus this post here, just as a small break from wireless.

Look forward to more such events in Delhi from blogworks.

January 11th, 2010

Glu Mobile names Niccolo de Masi president and CEO

Mobile games publisher Glu Mobile announced the appointment of new president and CEO Niccolo de Masi. He replaces former Glu president and CEO Greg Ballard. Glu co-chairman Bill Miller has served as interim head. 

(Source: FireceWireless)

January 9th, 2010

India sees new delays to 3G licensing

India – the world’s second-largest, and fastest-growing, mobile market – has reportedly again delayed plans to auction 3G spectrum and introduce mobile number portability (MNP). Dow Jones Newswires today reports that a senior official at the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has said the 3G license auction will now be held in February, with a date to be confirmed soon. Today’s news follows a number of reports over the holiday period suggesting that the previously proposed 14 January date could be missed due to uncertainty over defence forces giving up spectrum.

(Source: Dow Jones Newswires)

January 7th, 2010

Bangladesh’s telecoms regulator approves Bharti’s move into Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s telecoms regulator has given India’s Bharti Airtel permission to invest an initial US$300 million in Warid Telecom, Bangladesh’s fourth-largest mobile operator, paving the way for Bharti’s takeover of the firm. “We have asked Bharti Airtel to submit a detailed investment plan for Warid Telecom to BTRC [Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission] within 30 days,” said BTRC chairman Zia Ahmed, reports Dow Jones Newswires.

January 6th, 2010

Google acquired AdMob & Apple was forced to acquire AdMob’s competitor Quattro Wireless

Yes, to prevent loss of control on mobile advertising, Google’s acquisition of AdMob forced Apple to acquire AdMob’s competitor Quattro Wireless for $275 million.

Founded in 2006, Quattro employs its proprietary Q Elevation targeting platform to deliver advertising across thousands of mobile websites and iPhone and Android applications. Clients include Ford, Procter & Gamble, NetFlix, Viacom, Disney, Visa and Microsoft–network partners include Gawker, the National Football League, Univision, CBS Interactive and Time Inc. According to mobile advertising estimates published in December by research firm IDG, Quattro generated $20 million in 2009, controlling 7 percent of the overall U.S. market.

(Source: FierceWireless)

January 5th, 2010

Top 20 Apps downloaded in the USA!


(Source: Getjar)

January 4th, 2010

$10 color mobile soon to be launched in India

Gee Pee Infotech, a Bangalore based company is gearing up to launch Rs.500 ($10 approx.) mobile, India’s first cheapest color phone soon. I feel it will be a boon for tourists coming into India as well as huge rural population of India. Company plans to acquire 5% of Indian market and I feel, if their phone works fine, they will be able to achieve that market share in very less time.

January 1st, 2010