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Blackberry presents U2 mobile album

Research In Motion, producer of the Blackberry smartphone, has collaborated with Irish rock band U2 on a Mobile Album.  This mobile app, which can be downloaded for free in Blackberry App World, gives a “visual experience and an interactive dimension” for their latest album ‘No Line On The Horizon’.   While it doesn’t include the actual songs, you get lots of photos, videos, news, lyrics and other multimedia.

Some interesting features will soon be added:
– Tap into the Who’s Listening section and see when and where other users are listening to the album
– Track the tour as the band moves across the globe – see where they’re going and where they’ve been

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Samsung Application Store launched

Last Monday, Samsung Electronics has launched its Samsung Application Store.
Users of Samsung smartphones, such as the Samsung Omnia, in the UK, Italy and France have now access to mobile apps; 30 other countries will soon follow.
The  Samsung Application Store joins a large range of other app stores, including Apple App Store, Blackberry’s App World, Nokia’s Ovi and Google’s Android Market.

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Profit mobile phone market mostly for Apple and RIM

Apple and RIM, manufacturers of the popular smartphones iPhone and Blackberry, have together taken an impressive 58% of the profit on the mobile phone market in 2009.  And that while they represent only a market share of 5%.  Last year, they accounted for 35% of the profit and 3% market share.
These numbers were calculated by experts at Deutsche Bank.

Reason for this is that the demand for userfriendly devices with lots of business and non-business applications has increased significantly.  Smartphones currently occupy 13% of the market
Profit for smartphones is also a lot higher because telecom operators offer a lot more subsidizing for these devices, because they allow to better sell mobile subscriptions to the end user. 

Other mobile phones (the non-smartphones) are doing a lot less.    Nokia‘s smartphone range is scoring rather poorly Although they still own 55%  of the market’s profit, they saw their own profit decrease with 66% in the first half of 2009.  Sony Ericsson is even making loss in the past year.

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Windows Marketplace to offer 600 mobile apps

So, how many online places do you know to buy mobile applications?
There’s of course the Apple App Store, but also Blackberry’s App World, Nokia’s Ovi and Google’s Android Market.

Later this year, Microsoft will follow with their Windows Marketplace for Mobile.
They will start accepting submissions from developers later this summer and they hope to have 600 applications available at launch.   The store will offer both credit card and operator billing, and offer users 24 hours to return apps if they are not satisfied. 

More info on the launch in this (French) interview with Audrey Zolghadr, from Microsoft France.

BlackBerry announces U2 mobile album

A teaser on the BlackBerry website announces a mobile album for the popular Irish rock band U2.  It seems to concern the latest album No Line On The Horizon, and the supporting 360 Tour, which kicked off earlier this week.  If we can believe the teaser, BlackBerry users will not only be able to listen to the songs and get news on the album and the tour, but he’ll also have social networking tools to “show the world what the music means to you” and “experience the tour from all angles”.  Not very clear whether this is an app or a mobile site… more info to be announced.

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Search engine Bing for mobile

After introducing their new search engine to the world, Microsoft has now also launched a mobile version of Bing, which is available on your smartphone by surfing to m.bing.com.

Bing mobile features:
– Search options to find local resto’s and shops, local weather forecast, local movie times,…
– Interactive maps with turn-by-turn driving directions, current traffic conditions, …
– Mobile dashboard with stocks, traffic, weather, and movies
– Separate version for iPhone

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And indeed, it’s looking good on my colleague’s BlackBerry. Got the forecast for Brussels, which seemed pretty accurate, found a map with driving instructions, and when I do a search it neatly displays the first 2 web results and the first 2 image results.

Strangely, when I test with my Nokia Navigator, I only get the search option, without the other features, and the interface is in French without the option to change the language…  Is the Nokia Navigator not ‘smartphone enough’ for Bing?

Cross-promotion on mobile for Blackberry and Madonna

AT&T, RIM (Blackberry) and Live Nation (Management for Madonna) have teamed up together to promote the new Blackberry Bold, as well as Madonna’s upcoming Sticky & Sweet tour DVD.

For a limited time,  only owners of a new BlackBerry Bold smartphone from AT&T have access to stream exclusive Madonna live performances from the Sticky & Sweet tour before they’re available in stores.

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