Much of this week's mobile industry news is about new smartphones and new operating systems - but we still find time to talk about patents, payments and plenty more.
The USB ‘dongle’ is still the most popular form factor for mobile broadband modems, according to a new report from ABI Research.
It estimates that 110 million USB units will ship worldwide this year, contributing to a total of 150 million mobile broadband modems that are expected to be shipped worldwide in 2011. That’s 46% growth year-on-year.
A couple of weeks after RIM was rumoured to be buying Dublin-based mobile tech company NewBay for around $100 million, the acquisition has been officially confirmed.
NewBay Software was founded in 2002 and provides ‘white label’ cloud-based content services to manufacturers and network operators.
Hans Eriksson, Executive Chairman of live mobile broadcasting service Bambuser, is following the success of his non-stop video streaming adventure in London with a trip to New York.
Next Tuesday (1st November) Hans will be walking the the streets of New York for 24 hours, broadcasting all he sees and hears live onto the web from his mobile phone.
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group is adding two new brand extensions to its logo: the Bluetooth Smart Ready trademark and the Bluetooth Smart trademark.
Both refer to compatibility with version 4.0 of Bluetooth, which supports low-power peripherals.