Consumers are spending less money, and the predictions from this week’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain, is that many mobile phone users will be replacing their handsets with less frequency. This could be one of the reasons that more developers are looking towards “app stores,” following the lead of Apple with the iPhone. Of course the Apple iPhone App Store is built on the model of the iTunes Store.
So while consumers aren’t spending money at large retailers on major ticket items, mobile carriers believe that those consumers might visit an apps store. This week Nokia, which is still the world’s largest cell phone manufacturer, announced that it would enter the mobile app store arena. And the word is that it won’t be just for smartphones, but that the company wants to offer apps for its entire line of mobile handsets.
Nokia isn’t alone, and already Microsoft and RIM have announced app stores as well. One thing is certain, you can check back here every Friday for news on the latest apps! There likely won’t be a shortage of news.
MWC Announced Apps: Yahoo! Mobile
Among the biggest news of new apps coming from the Mobile World Congress this week was the Yahoo! Mobile service, which will be available on the mobile Web as an app developed for the Apple iPhone, as well as for smartphones from Motorola, Nokia, RIM, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, as well as those handsets powered by Windows Mobile. Currently in beta, the general availability is expected in Q2 of this year.
Key features include:
- Yahoo! oneConnect – Yahoo!s service designed to provide consumers everything they need to stay in touch with the people, which offers e-mail, access to social networks, Yahoo! Messenger, Yahoo! Address Book, Yahoo! Calendar
- Yahoo! News – For breaking headlines across popular topics.
- Yahoo! onePlace – Access and manage content, all from one location.
- Yahoo! oneSearch with Voice, along with maps
- Opera Mini 4.2 – An integrated version of the world’s most popular mobile Web browser
- Widgets Enhanced mobile-optimized experiences for services from Yahoo! and other brands
MWC: Turn-by-Turn GPS iPhone App
This week in Barcelona, Sygic introduced its GPS driving app for the iPhone, which includes turn-by-turn navigation. This app, which is not yet available for drive time, was shown to work with voice prompts, including points of interest and even offer support for multiple countries with locally-stored maps. While it is still in the test stage the word from the show is that it still has a few bugs to work out, but it is a step in the right direction.
MWC: MySpace for the Nokia S60 and Palm Pre
Social networking will soon be headed to a few more smart(phone) users. While already available for the iPhone, Google Android, Sidekick and BlackBerry, this week MySpace Mobile announced that it would soon be heading to the Nokia S60, as well as the upcoming Palm Pre.
Social networking is truly going global and MySpace Mobile currently is available in 13 languages and is localized for 29 countries. That means you can have a lot of international friends to visit your space.