Motorola Mobility Ventures has invested in Moblyng, a California-based developer of cross-platform games for mobile devices and social networks. Moblyng games have already been downloaded more than 9 million times to Android, Facebook, iOS and WebOS platforms.
As well as producing its own titles, Moblyng also works with publishers to extend their games and brands to mobile phones and social platforms.
The Layar mobile augmented reality browser is now available for a number of Symbian S60 and Symbian^3 handsets. It overlays online digital content on top of a ‘real world’ image from the phone’s camera.
Users with the Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01, Nokia E7, Nokia N97 and N97 mini devices can download the Layar Reality Browser from the Ovi store.
Facebook has acquired cross-platform mobile messaging service Beluga. The service works with most mobile devices and desktop web browsers, enabling users to send individual or group instant messages.
In a statement on their website, the Beluga management team said “Beluga and Facebook are committed to create new and better ways to communicate and share group experiences. For now, Beluga will continue to function as it does today. We'll be providing more details on future plans for Beluga in the coming weeks.”
Mobile ticket technology company Masabi says the mobile rail ticket purchase application it developed for thetrainline.com now supports most smartphones and conventional handsets.
Mobile users can search train times and buy tickets using a credit or debit card before picking up their tickets at the station. The application will also display tickets as secure on-screen barcodes when rail operators start supporting this feature.
History is full of product names that didn't translate very well. Some people can't think about the Lancia Y10 without hearing chicken noises - while Portuguese purchasers of Kagome fruit juices probably think of a less-pleasant sound.
The latest on the list is the HTC ChaCha 'Facebook phone', which is being renamed for the Spanish market.