Vodafone has announced a number of new own-brand products today, including the Android-powered Vodafone 845. It's Vodafone's first own-branded Android smartphone – running the latest Android 'Eclair' (version 2.1) software – and is expected in the UK next month.
Research company FirstPartner says the UK's mobile advertising market will grow by 33% to reach £49.8 million this year – and will then accelerate until it's delivering revenue of £285 million per annum by 2014. The next largest markets in Europe are Germany and Italy; their anticipated revenues this year are £42.6 million and £38.4 million respectively. Overall, mobile advertising is expected to be worth £1.1 billion in Western Europe by 2014, with this growth dominated by mobile search.
Research In Motion says it'll reveal the sixth version of its BlackBerry operating system in the third quarter of 2010. However it's released a video showing elements of v6.0 at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium event this week. Look out for multi-touch support, redesigned apps and a new home screen experience.
In this week's edition of The Fonecast we're joined by Richard Kinder from Red Bend Software for a chat about over-the-air mobile updates. Plus there's the usual offbeat look at the latest industry headlines, covering everything from Symbian delays and m-banking to health research and mobile broadband tests.