Verizon, Vodafone, China Mobile Team Up on Widget Platform
Today Verizon Wireless announced that it and mobile network operators China Mobile, Vodafone and Softbank are forming a new joint venture. The Joint Innovation Lab is meant to focus on creating a single platform for developers to use for the creation of mobile widgets. The widgets should work across a wide variety of smartphones and non-smartphones. The tools being offered by JIL include a common mobile widgets specification; SDKs; and an online repository, distribution and payment mechanism that will allow developers to sell their widgets in more than 70 countries.
Nokia Forges China Joint Venture to Win Alca-Lu Approval
Nokia has signed a memorandum of understanding with a China government-backed investment company called Huaxin in order to encourage approval of its proposed acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. The acquisition has already been approved by U.S.
Jolla Ports Sailfish to Sony Xperia X, Launches China Venture
Sailfish OS will find a new home on the Sony Xperia X smartphone. Jolla and Sony today said Jolla has created a custom version of Sailfish that can run on Xperia X handset.
Qualcomm and TDK Partner Up On RF Joint Venture
Qualcomm and TDK today said they've agreed to form a joint venture that will see the companies create RF front-end modules for a wide range of devices. The two companies have created a venture called RF360 Holdings, which will be the legal parent of the new firm.
BlackBerry Signs Licensing Deal with India's Optiemus
BlackBerry today said it has licensed its smartphone brand to Optiemus, a smartphone maker based in India. The deal represents the third such agreement forged by BlackBerry with other hardware manufacturers.
Google and Global Operators Agree on RCS for Android
Google, the GSMA, and a collection of wireless network operators around the world today said they'll work together to bring Rich Communication Services to Android devices around the globe. Google will create an Android RCS client that all the participating carriers will adopt.