Moaning about the iPhone

10 07 2008

One of my favourite sites at the moment is Friction TV which delivers quirky, and often very entertaining debate focussed videos. PopJunkieTV has a channel on the site here, and they also have a small but growing tech section to which I contributed this. Don’t snigger too much.

‘The iPhone has raised the bar for mobile phones’ – talking mobile innovation with Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs

30 05 2008

The last time I met Qualcomm’s CEO Paul Jacobs in London three years ago he was enthusing about his nascent mobile TV technology MediaFLO. I remember being quite cynical at the time telling him that I thought the Nokia backed DVB-H mobile TV format was a shoe in for the UK and indeed most of Europe and that he should concentrate on the US.
Well there’s still no sign of any commitment to launch DVB-H in the UK, however MediaFlO is a step closer given that Qualcomm has just spent £8 million on buying some L-band radio spectrum. The official line is that it is to be used testing MediaFLO, but given the close relationship with Sky – the two company’s trialled MediaFLO in Manchester last year – there’s plenty of gossip that a UK launch of MediaFLO isn’t too far away.
Hence when I meet Jacobs again this time at the Brew conference in San Diego (Brew is Qualcomm’s mobile phone developer platform) he is unsurprisingly bullish about MediaFLO’s prospects, but does acknowledge that it has a long way to go.
‘I’d say we don’t even have version one of Mobile TV. We are working with version 0.5, but with MediaFLO we have a very good technology.’ Read the rest of this entry »

Widgets, Wallets and pausing live TV – Qualcomm’s vision for the future of the mobile phone

29 05 2008

You may have heard of US mobile company Qualcomm, but chances are you aren’t really sure quite what it does. Well you are in good company. I am in San Diego at the Brew conference (Brew is Qualcomm’s mobile phone developer platform) and after several keynotes, roundtables and one to ones my head is spinning at the breadth of products the company offers.

So while it has been hugely successful in making the chips by which a large percentage of the world’s mobile phones run on, it also has its own mobile TV platform, MediaFLO, is working on e-commerce via handsets and is trying to shape the future of social networking on mobile. And that’s only part of the story. CEO Paul Jacobs assures me that ‘there might be a lot of innovation at Qualcomm, but there is a common thread to it all. It is not disconnected.’

In working in so many mobile areas and given its close relationships with networks like Vodafone and Verizon Qualcomm is in a unique position to offer a perspective on how the future of mobile devices is shaping up. Read the rest of this entry »