Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Shout'em comes with Android demo

Croatia is a hotbed of mobile startups right now. One to argue with me ? ;D

Proud to write about people that stand behind Shout 'Em.
It is an app made by croatian startup Fiveminutes that was showcased at the recent Mobile 2.0 event in Barcelona.

Shout'Em is platform on which you can easily start mobile social networking service ( hosted solution ) .
Now, how not to be proud when it is the first croatian start up coming in the mobile space in a big way.
To me , it sounds uber-cool mobile app ( still, I would like to see it on a handset and not emulator-only ). I have exchanged mails with them and soon to have meeting with them :)

The best of all, they already build Android demo ( see in emulator ).

Viktor Marohnic, one of the founders, wrote a post about his experience with Mobile 2.0 event:
We were one of 10 startups selected from 70 to give five minutes pitch. On top of that we were selected with two other startups to present our business plans in more details in front of the same group of investors. So that make it 3 from 70. Not bad :)

They could be creating mobile tool which will make life easier for all those people starting small social networks all around the world ( to make a bit comparison ; in a desktop and full browser world we have forums, newsgroups, twitts etc. ).
Interesting is here it could become one of the first apps to prove viability of Google's Android platform.

Hope they make through all obstacles and become global app.

Monday, 7 July 2008

Twitter back

Persona non grata

Have U heard about Twitter personalities ?
Be a ''girl'' and go read it :-D
Andrew Grill knows everything about your inner twitter hehe

Yahoo to provide UK's 3 with mobile ads

Pissing Google territory

Yahoo has struck a deal with mobile operator 3 UK to sell display ads and sponsored links on the company's Planet 3 portal site.
Yahoo becomes the shark for mobile internet advertising, indeed.

Where's Google ? Loosing its steam ? It appears that Yahoo OneSearch gets edge with operators.
I am not sure about consumer market ( if there is one ).

WAP browsing is still not for broad market, only iPhone is there to drive usage.
Operators mobile portals are lousy and killing subcribers with data rates.
Portals suck.

But for sure, ''mobile checkout'' is still in operators hands and no promising solution is on the market yet.

Well, nobody has dominant position and it is hard to measure those things at the moment.

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Flash goes iPhone ?

For real or a rumor ?

The first time in the mobile history somebody ported Flash Lite Project ( mobile version of Adobe's Flash ) to the iPhone/iPod touch, claims Thomas Joos ( yesterday< ) who has collaborated with italian programmer Emanuele Cipolloni.

We managed to create a flash lite application, providing cool graphics and animation ( that’s why we definately do NOT use JavaME ) and giving you all the information you need without any other crap! How great is that. No more silly ringtones or wallpapers to ”catch your attention”. This time you just get what you need: Rock Werchter Information in a rich visual environment.

That's what he says. We know that iPhone, at the moment, doesn't support Flash, but Adobe has plans.
I already wrote about my excitiment with Flash lite before ( when there was still no iPhone released ) and touted croatian development studio Gideon Mobile who got an award for interactive mobile guide of London's subway system ( Nokia s60 3rd edition )

MTV portal does flash lite content.

Here's the latest about Flash lite statistics.