LG, Samsung, RIM to Support JIL Widgets
Today the Joint Innovation Labs announced that a number of handset makers, including LG, RIM, Samsung and Sharp, have all voiced support for its mobile widget specification. By agreeing to support the spec, it will make it easier for developers worldwide to create widgets that can be deployed across a range of handsets and network operators at once. The JIL's core members are China Mobile, Softbank, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone.
SoftBank and Sprint Working with Sharp on Edgeless Phone
SoftBank, which owns Sprint, today said it has chosen Sharp to supply it with low-cost smartphones. The handset deal with Sharp includes Sprint, which will also sell phones made by Sharp.
Google Gives Developers An Early Look at Android O
Google today announced the first preview of Android O, the unnamed next version of its core mobile operating system. This early version of Android O brings with it a handful of new features that clearly target developers and device makers more so than end users.
Verizon Now Selling the Samsung Convoy 4
Verizon Wireless recently added the Samsung Convoy 4 to its roster of simple flip phones. The Convoy 4 makes improvements over the previous generation device by adding GSM roaming capabilities and resistance to water.
Apple, Samsung to Adopt GSMA-Backed Electronic SIMs
The GSMA said it is in advanced talks with Apple and Samsung to adopt the nearly-finalized electronic SIM card standard moving forward. The GSMA has been working with the industry on electronic SIMs for some time and is close to announcing a final standard.
Verizon Talks Up Android Pay, Says Still Looking at Samsung Pay
Verizon Wireless today took the time to tout the benefits of Android Pay, the new mobile payment app and service from Google. Android Pay is a relaunch of Softcard, which Google bought from Verizon (and AT&T/T-Mobile) earlier this year.
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