Smartphones

  1. Verizon's Plans With Apple

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With rumors still swirling that Verizon will at some point begin carrying the iPhone, Apple and Verizon today revealed that the wireless operator will start selling the iPad as of Oct. 28. While some iPads come with wireless connections to the AT& ...

  2. Thumbplay Touts 500,000 Downloads, Reveals User Stats

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Thumbplay Music revealed that its mobile music streaming app has been downloaded more than 500,000 times since it was first released earlier this year. It originally came out on the Blackberry platform, and since expanded to Android and the iPhone ...

  3. Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 7 Rollout Plans

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft today unveiled the rollout plans for its long-promised smartphone platform Windows Phone 7. There will be nine different phone models featuring the software for sale starting Nov. 8. Participating manufacturers include LG, Samsung, HTC a ...

  4. @MEL: Pandora Blasts Into New Mercedes-Benz Models

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hit online radio app Pandora continues its march into non-traditional devices with the announcement that the service will appear in select Mercedes-Benz models. Pandora is also coming to some GM model vehicles after experiencing explosive growth o ...

  5. BACKBEAT: @Billboard's Mobile Entertainment Live Music App Summit

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT “Stand on your chair and call bullshit when you start to hear some on stage,” Bill Werde , editorial director for Billboard, encouraged a room fill of music and tech industry players this morning during opening remarks at the Billboard Mobile Ente ...

  6. @MEL: 'I Am T-Pain' Wins Best Artist-Based App Award

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hit iPhone auto-tuner “I Am T-Pain” took home the 'Best Artist-Based App' Award at the Billboard Music App Awards today in San Francisco, beating out finalists Linkin Park's “8-Bit Rebellion” and “TouchChords: Jimmie Vaughan.” Sport ...

  7. @MEL: Shazam Funder To Music Labels: Don't Be Greedy

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music labels needs to get apps into users' hands and stop getting hung up on licensing fees, said Matt Murphy, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Their $200 million iFund has invested in 15 iPhone apps including Shazam, a hit mu ...

  8. @MEL: Motorola Defies WIRED Magazine, Says Web Is Not Dead

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The web is not dead, it's just gone mobile, said Motorola Mobile Devices vice president Christy Wyatt, giving a keynote speech at the Music App summit of Billboard's Mobile Entertainment Live today in San Francisco. Motorola has gone all ...

  9. FULL COVERAGE: Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live Music App Summit in San Francisco #MEL2010

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WATCH: Smule Co-founder Talks Apps, Acquisitions, The Majors and More October 06, 2010 Smule co-founder Ge Wang sat with Billboard at the Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live The Music App Summit - Smule took home the best artist app award for &quo ...

  10. Vevo Releases Google TV App

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Vevo has created an app for the upcoming Google TV service, the company revealed today. The app will provide a customized catalog of music programming from the Vevo catalog and is built especially for Google TV. A screenshot of the Vevo app at Goo ...

  11. Rhapsody Sales Up 10% On Strength Of Mobile App

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Some interesting tidbits of information surfaced out of an otherwise ho-hum rehash of mobile music subscription services in USA Today , most notably that Rhapsody is seeing a 10% increase in subscribers as a result of their mobile app. From the ar ...

  12. Business Matters: Holiday Sales Predictions, Songkick, Best Buy and more

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Economic Recovery Slow -- On the economic front, U.S. CEOs say they are less willing to hire new workers out of fear that sales growth with lose steam, according to a Business Roundtable survey. “ ...

  13. Report: Amazon Close To Android App Store Launch

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amazon reportedly is close to launching its own app store for the Android mobile phone operating system. Details are sketchy still, but according to TechCrunch , essentially the program asks developers to create apps for the Amazon-branded app mar ...

  14. RIM Unveils PlayBook Tablet To Compete With iPad

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Research In Motion unveiled a tablet computer aimed at its core business customers, as it tries to gain a foothold in a fast-growing market dominated by Apple's consumer-friendly iPad. The BlackBerry PlayBook has a seven-inch (18 cm) touchscr ...

  15. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Media Consultant Paul Vidich

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Paul Vidich Title: Media Consultant & Independent Advisor: ReverbNation, MediaNet, BrightCove, Melodeo, and more Panel: Innovators Showcase (Judge). 1:45 – 2:45. Oct. 5. For more information or to register for Billboard’s Mobile Entertai ...

  16. mSpot Reveals Music App Downloads

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amid all the talk about cloud-based music lockers, such as that reportedly being proposed by Google , there's the nagging question of whether consumers will even go for the idea. mSpot, a far smaller provider of mobile music services, recentl ...

  17. All You Need To Know About Mobile Apps In One Day

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit is taking place two weeks from today in San Francisco. The day-long event is packed with everything you need to know about the mobile app market tailored both to those in the music industry looking f ...

  18. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Venrock's Dev Khare

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Dev Khare Title: VP, Venrock Panel: On the Horizon. 3:15 – 4:00. Oct. 5. For more information or to register for Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit, Oct. 5 in San Francisco, please visit www.MobileEntertainmentLiveFa ...

  19. Nokia's Music Focus Shifts

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The changes at Nokia just keep coming. This summer, the company jostled its Comes With Music strategy by rebranding it Ovi Music Unlimited and rolling it into its broader content portal. This month also saw the departure of CEO Ollie-Pekka Kallasv ...

  20. Questions For The Coming Verizon App Store

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Verizon Wireless seems poised to go beyond merely dabbling its toes in the app store waters and finally fully jump into the pool with its VCast Apps store. VCast Apps to date has operated as a sort of sub-store in the Android Market, listing apps ...

  21. Study: Awareness, Usage of Apps Still Have A Ways To Go

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Awareness and usage of mobile apps still have a long way to go according to a study being released tomorrow from The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, in conjunction with data gained from a Nielsen survey. While 35% of U. ...

  22. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Redwood Capital's Alan Goodstadt

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Alan Goodstadt Title: Partner, Redwood Capital Panel: Innovators Showcase (Judge). 1:45 – 2:45. Oct. 5. For more information or to register for Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit, Oct. 5 in San Francisco, please visi ...

  23. Music App Summit: Decision-Makers Discuss Past, Present and Future of Mobile Music Apps

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT This year’s Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit is taking place Oct. 5 in San Francisco and will be a high-level meeting of the main players involved in making music-relates smartphone apps. They include the leading app developers, VCs ...

  24. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Norwest Venture's Tim Chang

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Tim Chang Title: Principal, Norwest Venture Partners Panel: Innovators Showcase (Judge). 1:45 – 2:45. Oct. 5. For more information or to register for Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit, Oct. 5 in San Francisco, pleas ...

  25. Gaming Apps Top Pick Among Smartphone Owners

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The massive popularity and business opportunity provided by mobile applications continue to generate plenty of research from analyst groups. A new report from Nielsen says the average smartphone owner has 27 apps installed on their device of choic ...

  26. Microsoft Exec Stephen Elsop To Lead Nokia

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia has replaced embattled CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo with former Microsoft exec Stephen Elsop. Elsop was previously president of Microsoft’s business division, responsible for the recent launch of the company’s Office 2010 product suite. He will ...

  27. Business Matters: Smartphone Forecast For 2014, Google, IODA and more

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WHAT THE SMARTPHONE MARKET WILL LOOK LIKE IN 2014 -- Apple is making a few moves to help app developers. First, it has decided to lift restrictions that prevented developers from using third-party tools to rewrite the code from another platform. T ...

  28. The Full List: The Billboard Music App Submissions

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Best Artist-Based App Submissions Dream Theater, "JR Hexatone Pro" Artificial Life, Inc., "Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion!" Warner Bros. Records, "Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion!" Mobile Roadie, "Linkin Park" Mobi ...

  29. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: TAG Strategic's Ted Cohen

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Ted Cohen Title: Managing Partner, TAG Strategic Panel: Innovators Showcase (Judge). 1:45 – 2:45. Oct. 5. For more information or to register for Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit, Oct. 5 in San Francisco, please vi ...

  30. Business Matters: Google's Music Plans, Walkman Outsells iPod and more

    September 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. GOOGLE'S MUSIC PLANS: MOBILE, BROWSER Google's music plans are being welcomed by executives who have heard the pitch, according to an LA Times article. The article gives away only two ti ...

  31. Apple, Google To Clash In Music Space By Christmas

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc. is in talks with music labels on plans for a download store and a digital song locker that would allow its mobile users to play songs wherever they are as it steps up its rivalry with Apple Inc, according to people familiar with the ma ...

  32. Here's All You Need To Know From The Apple Announcement

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Beyond the big news about the Ping social network and the new lineup of iPods , here are the other interesting bits from the company's annual media event today in San Francisco: - Apple has shipped 120 million devices running the iOS operatin ...

  33. ASCAP Flips Switch On Free App

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP launched a free app for Apple's portable devices today. The app allows ASCAP members to access their own catalog, performance and royalty information through the organizations membership access portal. Beyond its members, the app will a ...

  34. BILLBOARD MUSIC APP AWARDS FINALISTS (Page 3)

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BEST MUSIC ENGAGEMENT APP Tap Tap Revenge 3 Like other iterations of Tapulous' music-game franchise, this one lets users tap their touchscreen phone along to the music provided. New features include the ability to play against others online, ...

  35. Sony Ericsson Sees Big Smartphone Growth In China

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson it expects half of all mobile phones sold in China to be smartphones by 2015, as prices for handsets fall amid growing popularity. Sony Ericsson, a joint venture between Sony Corp and Sweden's Ericsson, also a ...

  36. Report: Music Tops Apps On iTunes

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While iTunes’ App Store is certainly a groundbreaking initiative that has changed the mobile content landscape, music still rules in the iTunes world. According to a new report from NPD Group, 82% of iPhone and iPod Touch users have bought music f ...

  37. Here's What The Smartphone Market Will Look Like In 2013

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Are mobile app stores the wave of the future or just another passing digital fad? Berlin-based research group Research2guidance sees a bright future in the market, predicting that the worldwide smartphone application market will reach $15 billion ...

  38. Nokia Explains Comes With Music Decision

    August 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia shook up its music strategy this week with the announcement that it is integrating the Comes With Music service into its broader Ovi portal, re-branding it Ovi Music Unlimited. The move raises questions about the future of the Comes With Mus ...

  39. Nokia Pulls Plug On Comes With Music

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia's highly criticized Comes With Music effort is no longer, at least in name. The service itself remains, but Nokia is ditching the Comes With Music brand and instead is folding the service into its broader Ovi entertainment services and ...

  40. Billboard Announces Music App Summit Keynote Program

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The activity around mobile music apps is at an all-time high, but few seem to know what strategies are working, which ones are profitable, and where the fast-changing market will go next. The aim of Billboard’s upcoming Mobile Entertainment Live: ...

  41. Apple Pulls Grooveshark App Following Universal Complaint

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.S. online music service Grooveshark has had its iPhone app pulled from the Apple app store, following a complaint from the U.K. office of Universal Music Group. The announcement was made yesterday (Aug. 16) on Grooveshark's official blog ww ...

  42. Low Prices Drive Q2 Phone Sales

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sales of mobile phones rose 13.8% to 326 million units in the second quarter of 2010 compared to the prior year, but average selling prices fell by more than expected amid intense competition, IT research firm Gartner said. Sales of smartphones ro ...

  43. iPhone Exec Departs Apple After 'Antennagate'

    August 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mark Papermaster, the Apple executive in charge of iPhone engineering, has left the company weeks after the "Antennagate" controversy over complaints of poor reception on the company's latest smartphone. Apple spokesman Steve Dowlin ...

  44. Japan Users To Have DoCoMo Option With iPhone 4

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc's iPhone could get a sales boost from this month as a Japanese wireless services provider plans to launch a service enabling users to use iPhone 4 on NTT DoCoMo's network. DoCoMo's smaller rival Softbank Corp is currently ...

  45. Apple In Talks To Buy China's Handseeing

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc is in talks to buy Chinese software maker Handseeing, an executive at the Chinese company said on Friday (Aug. 6), a deal that would mark the iPhone maker's first acquisition in the country. "We should have a decision in about ...

  46. Google Android Gains Pace, Social Web A Focus: CEO

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT About 200,000 smartphones and other devices based on Google's Android operating system are sold every day, CEO Eric Schmidt said, underscoring the strong challenge to rivals like Apple's iPhone. The world's No.1 search engine is hun ...

  47. Sharp Plans To Launch 3D Smartphone This Year

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sharp Corp plans to take on Apple's iPhone by the end of the year, with the international launch of a smartphone featuring a 3D panel that can be viewed without special glasses. The new phone will also likely have a 3D capable camera, the spo ...

  48. Report: Mobile Video Advertising Set to Take Off

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Back in 2005, the measurement firm M: Metrics (now owned by comScore) estimated that just 1 percent of mobile phone users had watched any form of mobile video—around 2 million people. Needless to say, the ad market for mobile video was virtually n ...

  49. Business Matters: Android Vs. iPhone, Radiohead, DMCA Takedowns and more

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WHO'S WINNING THE SMARTPHONE WARS -- Google’s Android operating system has 27% of recent smartphone owners and now accounts for 13% of all smartphones. In the last six months, however, Android has accounted for 33% of new smartphones. And Nie ...

  50. Carphone Warehouse To Launch U.K. Cloud Music Service

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. mobile phone retailer the Carphone Warehouse has partnered with U.S. digital B2B company Catch Media to launch a fully licensed "cloud"-based music service. Entitled "Music Anywhere," the subscription service rolls out in ...

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