Motorola has acquired Aloqa, a company that develops location-based software. The myAloqa service uses a customer's location and contacts to tell them about places, events, bargains and other opportunities nearby. The company has recently passed one million downloads for its software application.
The finalists of the Vodafone Mobile Clicks 2010 competition have been announced today. Vodafone Mobile Clicks, which ends with a final at the PICNIC Festival in the Netherlands on 24th September, aims to find the best mobile internet startup. Last year's winner was augmented reality browser Layar.
As well as announcing the HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z yesterday, the Taiwan-based mobile manufacturer also revealed a set of online services called HTCSense.com. The name is shared with the 'HTC Sense' smartphone user interface.
Three UK has updated its 'pay as you go' tariffs with a new package called All in One. The company has described it as a "market beating plan that unites the value of contract with the flexibility of PAYG", although rival network operator giffgaff has disputed its claim about value.
The mobile phone market in Western Europe grew just 1.5% year-on-year to 43.3 million units in the second quarter of 2010, with smartphone growth offsetting a fall in the sale of traditional handsets. International Data Corporation's Mobile Phone Tracker says smartphone shipments were up 60% on Q2 2009 to 14.6 million units, while traditional phone sales fell 14% to 28.7 million units. That means 34% of all devices shipped were smartphones, up from 28% in the previous quarter.