1/16/2008 12:20:00 PM
Converging at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas
Converged mobile products were brought alive at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week. While last year’s event was more of a peek into the future with concept ideas, this year there was a greater focus on new products coming to market and making them easy to use and useful.
Yahoo! unveiled the third version of its mobile application. The Yahoo! Go 3.0 has a widget gallery, which houses small applications created by third-party developers. Partners for the open version of the application include MTV, MySpace and eBay.
The internet giant has also redesigned its mobile internet homepage, making it more ‘personalisable’ and more open to external developers.
Yahoo! claimed that creating a platform for third parties to write applications can help cut development costs for publishers hoping to bring their content and services to mobile. The Yahoo! Go 3.0 application will be compatible with over 300 handset models.
Another internet giant, Skype, which launched a mobile service with 3 last year, announced that it would be adding the internet-calling capability to some of its new handsets and accessories. Users of devices with Wi-Fi and WiMax connectivity, such as the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet or Wi-Fi-enabled Sony PSP, will be able to make free Skype-to-Skype calls.
Memory card maker SanDisk showcased a 12GB memory card for mobiles, representing a 50% increase in capacity from its current 8GB memory card. The external memory is designed for handsets with storage and intensive multimedia functions such as video or music.