Mark Bridge writes:
By now you already know the basics. More and more people have smartphones - and they’re becoming an essential companion. They’re taking over from digital cameras, they’re taking over from portable gaming consoles, they’re taking over from music players… and now they’re taking over from Christmas cards. Yes, Christmas cards.
The US Federal Court has granted a temporary restraining order against Research in Motion that prevents RIM from referring to its new BlackBerry operating system as ‘BBX’. BBx is a trademark of software company Basis International.
The order stops BBX from being promoted at RIM’s BlackBerry developer conference in Singapore this week.
Christmas is approaching but that’s not stopped the mobile phone industry from delivering a week of diverse headlines.
We start today’s podcast by talking about the much-reported complaints involving Orange UK’s tariffs and Carrier IQ’s monitoring before moving on to cheerier topics, including a new MVNO, another free WiFi service and two new mobile payment deals.
Google says the Android Market application store has now served over 10 billion app downloads - and continues to grow at a rate of one billion downloads per month.
The first billion downloads were achieved in July 2010.