Category Archives: Social Networking
MWC: when is an application an advertisment? When it’s Canvas, the facebook app from mobile IM master Colibria
When Colibiria announced the Canvas application for Facebook in early Febraury, GoMo News reported on it. But I have to admit that I didn’t get it what it’s really about. It’s a Facebook application that allows you to access your mobile contacts list from the social network itself. You can send them SMS or IM them, and use VoIP to call them (see the full report here). At the time I pondered about how much money its possible for an operator to recoup by sneaking their core functions into an on-line social network… but that’s not really what this service is for. This service is really a massive advertisement for Colibrias Rich Communications Suite (RCS). Continue reading →
It’s one of the simple facts of working in the mobile industry – if you really want mass pick up of a service, it’s mostly the operators that need to do it. Location-based social network Gypsii has taken this to heart, and is getting in on the ground level with massive Latin American operator Telefonica for an international social networking deal.
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One of the biggest mobile ad networks in the world, InMobi has been showing a talent for getting exclusive contracts. Originating in South Africa, the network has made massive strides in non-First World countries – and for the past few months it has been winning big contracts in America and Australia. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to stop it’s other global efforts, as todays exclusive with Thailands largest mobile social network shows. Continue reading →
Symbian has kicked off an interesting option for mobile app developers today. “Open” mobile operating systems seem to revolve around a series of tools that allow developers to better optimise their apps for the OS. But Symbian has opened up its own internal development process – allowing developers to get involved in the process before it’s actually ready for launch. Continue reading →
Further adventures of TV and mobile devices: now we’ve got a GRAMMY social networking app
Not content to simply have the GRAMMY music awards on the weekend, CBS has an entire week of programming. GRAMMY week is seven days worth of events leading up the music awards – and at the end you get to watch the largest music promotional event in the US on television. But app developer Diversion Media wants more than that, and is releasing the first official GRAMMY iPhone application. Continue reading →
If you’re not based in India, you probably won’t have heard of SMS GupShup. Nevertheless, this is probably the largest mobile social network in the world – and it works off the back of old, reliable SMS. And today it has announced the securing of $12 million in funding – in addition to the roughly $25 million it has already gotten. Continue reading →
The irresistible draw of mobile apps: staunch mobile web advocate Flirtomatic launches an iPhone application
If you wanted to show someone that it’s possible to take a concept, launch it on mobile, gather an audience and make money from them – you could do worse than to use Flirtomatic as an example. The mobile social network is dedicated to connecting people who to flirt, chat and maybe meet up, and it has proved adept at making sure that the service is always profitable. But Flirtomatic has had a rocky relationship with mobile applications, so now that it has announced the launch of an iPhone app, it’s worth looking at why. Continue reading →
Rating: Sadly only works in North America
It had to happen. That combination between a social network and a local facilities search engine which is Buzzd has come out on an Android platform. Its author, however, is still restricting the app to North America.
Reportedly, the most popular feature in this city guide style app is the [...]
Rating: Not much luck with Ovi/Facebook and Zbang
GoMo News isn’t having much luck this week with social networking apps for mobile phones. For starters, Zbang‘s claims to have a mobile element turned out to be exaggerated. Then Facebook for Nokia wouldn’t work.
Having seen a teaser on Facebook for apps aimed at the mobile phone owning [...]
Rating: Social networking meets iconic handset
It had to happen. The two latest fads have collided – social networking and Apple’s iConic iPhone – to produce a smart way to shop for iPhone apps. iWikiPhone is a social network for iPhone users to glean information about apps which others have bothered to download.
The site has [...]
Rating: All in the latest version of its Symbian client
Nimbuzz is claiming a world first for Symbian handsets – full Twitter functionality and pop-up notifications. That’s thanks to its just launched Symbian 2.2 client. GoMo News downloaded it and it definitely works.
For those who don’t know, Nimbuzz is a social network which has over 13 [...]
Rating: King Zyb is dead, long live King 360
Although Vodafone acquired the Zyb online backup and syncing service back in 2008, as from December 1st the service stopped accepting new subscriptions. That’s because the technology has been redeployed to form part of Vodafone’s 360′s ‘People’ application.
When GoMo News first tested the Vodafone 360 service in [...]