Verizon Wireless on List of Operators to Adopt LiMo Platform
Today the LiMo Foundation announced that a number of global mobile network operators intend to release handsets starting late this year based upon the existing R2 and planned 2010 R3 release of the LiMo Platform. Those operators include Verizon Wireless in the U.S., as well as NTT DoCoMo, Orange, SK Telecom, Telefonica, and Vodafone. Handsets running LiMo will enable network operators to offer highly customized and adaptable services to their subscribers. The LiMo Foundation didn't specify exactly which handset makers will be supplying handsets, but the makers that belong to the organization include LG, Samsung, Casio Hitachi, ZTE, Huawei, NEC, and Panasonic. Verizon Wireless has not announced any specific details about which LiMo Platform release it will use, nor which handset maker will supply its hardware.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Android Messages with RCS to Reach More Phones On More Carriers
Google says its Android Messages app is on the upswing thanks to new RCS-based tools and growing support from phone makers and wireless network operators. To start, brands now have more power to interact with consumers thanks to RCS business messaging.
Google, Sprint Deploy RCS on Android Phones
Google and Sprint today said some of Sprint's Android phones now have access to RCS-based messaging features. Google added Rich Communication Services, powered by its Jibe cloud platform, to its own Messenger SMS application.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G Modem to Connect First 5G Networks and Devices
Qualcomm today said various network operators plan to use its Snapdragon X50 5G modem in trials this year, while a number of device makers have selected the X50 for mobile gear due next year. According to Qualcomm, the carriers committed to the X50 include AT&T, British Telecom, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, KDDI, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, Singtel, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telstra, Verizon, and others.
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.
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