With the rise of 4G as LTE slowly rolls-out across the globe it’s tempting to think that data optimisation technology will become redundant. No longer will users have to squeeze YouTube cat videos (and it really is video that’s pushing operators hardest now) down feeble 3G connections. Not so, say experts Mobixell.
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It’s time now for the fifth episode of our exclusive video interview series with Ubuntu’s founder, Mark Shuttleworth. Yesterday we heard from Mark regarding the Ubuntu developer ecosystem and his intent to extend that to mobile. Today Mark talks briefly about the importance of user experience and how that’s factored into the design and production [...]
Following some press fanfare, many keen Vodafone shoppers wanting to take advantage of the operator’s new ‘Nearly New’ programme of ‘officially refurbished’ device were left wondering what all the fanfare had been about. However, Voda now has it’s house in order and deals are available through the online shop: Nearly New isn’t like buying a battered [...]
Continuing our exclusive video interview series with Ubuntu’s founder, Mark Shuttleworth, I quickly got on to the topic of the app economy and mobile developers. This is typically a touchy subject for anyone launching a new mobile platform — but not so with Ubuntu Mobile, as Mark explains…
Continuing our exclusive video interview series featuring Ubuntu founder, Mark Shuttleworth, we delve a little deeper into the details surrounding the launch of Ubuntu Mobile. In this video I ask Mark to discuss the specific markets intended for the platform.
Operator app stores had been trumpeted - by the operators at least – as a way for them to maintain a stake in the valuable business of selling users ‘value add’ services. Petrified (or indignant, occasionally) at the predictions they were to become just ‘dumb pipes’ additional revenue streams were urgently sought. In 2012 several operators realised [...]
In the second episode of our exclusive video interview series with Ubuntu’s founder, Mark Shuttleworth, we focus on the launch of their dedicated mobile platform. Having given a nice summary overview of the company in the first episode, now it’s time to hear Mark talk about what’s driving their move to mobile.
Vodafone have announced they are to sell ‘officially refurbished’ smartphones. Available to all they come with a warrantee at a discounted price. Handset availability will depend on which devices other customers have previously returned. However, the announcement suggests their focus is firmly on reducing device costs for pre-pay customers: It makes it more affordable for [...]
Here’s the extended version of the video shown at the launch of Ubuntu Mobile, including quotes from Ewan, Rafe Blandford of All About Windows Phone alongside Head of Mobile, Business & Commercial at Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Ed Hodges:
Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical - the firm behind Ubuntu - has announced the Linux distribution is to move into mobile, shipping on handsets by late 2013. Tablets will follow. Speaking in London at the launch event, Shuttleworth emphasised Ubuntu’s place as the world’s 3rd largest operating system highlighting the distribution by some of the world’s largest PC vendors, [...]
Last night at the Ubuntu Mobile launch I was also able to get a proper look at the company’s Ubuntu for Android product. This was announced last year to a lot of fanfare at Mobile World Congress and it’s been coming on in leaps and bounds. The product enables you to install a full desktop [...]
Despite still lacking an LTE license to deliver true 4G services (akin to EE‘s), Three has confirmed it will be launching the service in 2013.However, many users will be benefit more quickly from the roll-out of ‘Ultrafast’ 3G as Three roll out HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA services which – for many – will match 4G speeds. [...]