Sony launches Internet TV powered by Google

Sony launches Internet TV powered by Google
(Telecompaper) Sony introduced Sony Internet TV, powered by Google TV, its first range of TVs and Blu-ray players powered by the Google TV software for access to web content. The Google TV devices are based on the Android platform, run the Google Chrome browser and include an Intel Atom processor to support searching for internet and TV content. The models also feature Dual View, allowing users to watch TV while using the internet, access to the Android Market for additional applications, and the ability to bookmark content online. Sony’s streaming service Video On Demand powered by Qriocity as well as pre-installed apps from CNBC, Napster, NBA, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, and YouTube are also on the TVs. The sets come with a RF qwerty keypad remote incorporating an optical mouse for navigation. Select mobile devices such as an Android phone can control the TV with an app that will be available for download from the Android Market later this autumn. To connect to the internet, the devices come with a Wi-Fi connection, and the TVs can also connect to certain PVRs from the Dish Network in the US. The LCD HDTVs come in 24, 32, 40 and 46-inch versions and range in price from USD 599.99 to USD 1,399.99. The Blu-ray player will cost USD 399.99. All are available for online pre-order from Sony and Best Buy and will be in shops from 16 October.[Lees verder]

TDC shareholders plan sale
(Telecompaper) Danish operator TDC announced that its shareholders have appointed advisors on a possible sale of the telecoms company. TDC’s controlling shareholder is Angel Lux Common, an entity controlled by funds advised by Apax Partners, Blackstone Group, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, Permira Advisers and Providence Equity. They named a consortium of international and Nordic banks to advise on the continued strategic review of ownership in TDC. The strategic review “may or may not lead to a sale of all or part of the shareholder’s shares in TDC or another strategic transaction”, TDC said. The private equity companies acquired TDC in 2005 and have since been selling of the operator’s foreign operations. They had reportedly considered an IPO for TDC earlier this year, but the weak economic environment and difficulties selling the Swiss subsidiary Sunrise put a halt to those plans.[Lees verder]

ZTE launches touchscreen Android tablet PC
(Telecompaper) Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE has launched a touchscreen tablet PC, the ZTE Light, in Beijing. The ZTE Light features a 7-inch TFT touch screen and weighs 403g. It supports voice calling on dual-band UMTS 2100 MHz/900 MHz and internet access over HSPA networks with download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 5.76 Mbps. The device features 512 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM and is based on the Android 2.1 OS. It supports various Google services, multiple e-mail accounts, desktop widget applications and online document reading and editing features. Other features include Wi-Fi, a 3 megapixel camera, music and video player with MP4 support, standard picture format compatibility, Bluetooth, an external SD Slot with up to 32 GB of memory, a 3.5mm stereo headset jack and up to 10 hours of working battery time. No details on pricing or availability were released.[Lees verder]

Ukrtelecom starting sale price set at UAH 10.5 billion
(Telecompaper) The Ukrainian government has agreed on a starting price of UAH 10.5 billion (USD 1.32 billion) for its 92.79 percent stake in national telecoms operator Ukrtelecom. The announcement will be published shortly by the state property fund in its official gazette, the fund’s chairman announced at a press conference reported by news agency Ukrainski Novini. The conditions for the privatisation tender have also been set by the government. Ukrtelecom controls 78.5 percent of the fixed-line market in Ukraine and is also the only operator with an UMTS licence and network.[Lees verder]

Tata DoCoMo plans 3G launch by Diwali
(Telecompaper) Indian mobile operator Tata DoCoMo will launch its first 3G services by the Diwali holiday on 5 November, its executive president for the mobility business division, Deepak Gulati told local paper the Economic Times. Shareholder NTT DoCoMo has been helping the Indian operator prepare for the launch, after it was awarded UMTS licences in May. NTT will bring various 3G products and services that it offers in Japan such as i-mode, location-based services and mobile payment to the Indian market, Gulati said. Tata DoCoMo has 3G licences in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (West), Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. It’s the first operator to announce a date for launching 3G.[Lees verder]

DeNA to buy ngmoco for USD 400 mln
(Telecompaper) Japanese game developer DeNA has agreed to buy US-based Ngmoco, a developer of games and applications for smartphones. DenA will pay around USD 400 million in cash and shares for the company, in a deal expected to close early next month. Ngmoco develops games for the Apple iPhone and plans to expand into Android games later this year. DeNA operates Mobage-town, a mobile games platform with over 20 million users in Japan.[Lees verder]

Sony launches Internet TV powered by Google
(Telecompaper) Sony introduced Sony Internet TV, powered by Google TV, its first range of TVs and Blu-ray players powered by the Google TV software for access to web content. The Google TV devices are based on the Android platform, run the Google Chrome browser and include an Intel Atom processor to support searching for internet and TV content. The models also feature Dual View, allowing users to watch TV while using the internet, access to the Android Market for additional applications, and the ability to bookmark content online. Sony’s streaming service Video On Demand powered by Qriocity as well as pre-installed apps from CNBC, Napster, NBA, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, and YouTube are also on the TVs. The sets come with a RF qwerty keypad remote incorporating an optical mouse for navigation. Select mobile devices such as an Android phone can control the TV with an app that will be available for download from the Android Market later this autumn. To connect to the internet, the devices come with a Wi-Fi connection, and the TVs can also connect to certain PVRs from the Dish Network in the US. The LCD HDTVs come in 24, 32, 40 and 46-inch versions and range in price from USD 599.99 to USD 1,399.99. The Blu-ray player will cost USD 399.99. All are available for online pre-order from Sony and Best Buy and will be in shops from 16 October.[Lees verder]

TDC shareholders plan sale
(Telecompaper) Danish operator TDC announced that its shareholders have appointed advisors on a possible sale of the telecoms company. TDC’s controlling shareholder is Angel Lux Common, an entity controlled by funds advised by Apax Partners, Blackstone Group, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, Permira Advisers and Providence Equity. They named a consortium of international and Nordic banks to advise on the continued strategic review of ownership in TDC. The strategic review “may or may not lead to a sale of all or part of the shareholder’s shares in TDC or another strategic transaction”, TDC said. The private equity companies acquired TDC in 2005 and have since been selling of the operator’s foreign operations. They had reportedly considered an IPO for TDC earlier this year, but the weak economic environment and difficulties selling the Swiss subsidiary Sunrise put a halt to those plans.[Lees verder]

ZTE launches touchscreen Android tablet PC
(Telecompaper) Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE has launched a touchscreen tablet PC, the ZTE Light, in Beijing. The ZTE Light features a 7-inch TFT touch screen and weighs 403g. It supports voice calling on dual-band UMTS 2100 MHz/900 MHz and internet access over HSPA networks with download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 5.76 Mbps. The device features 512 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM and is based on the Android 2.1 OS. It supports various Google services, multiple e-mail accounts, desktop widget applications and online document reading and editing features. Other features include Wi-Fi, a 3 megapixel camera, music and video player with MP4 support, standard picture format compatibility, Bluetooth, an external SD Slot with up to 32 GB of memory, a 3.5mm stereo headset jack and up to 10 hours of working battery time. No details on pricing or availability were released.[Lees verder]

Ukrtelecom starting sale price set at UAH 10.5 billion
(Telecompaper) The Ukrainian government has agreed on a starting price of UAH 10.5 billion (USD 1.32 billion) for its 92.79 percent stake in national telecoms operator Ukrtelecom. The announcement will be published shortly by the state property fund in its official gazette, the fund’s chairman announced at a press conference reported by news agency Ukrainski Novini. The conditions for the privatisation tender have also been set by the government. Ukrtelecom controls 78.5 percent of the fixed-line market in Ukraine and is also the only operator with an UMTS licence and network.[Lees verder]

Tata DoCoMo plans 3G launch by Diwali
(Telecompaper) Indian mobile operator Tata DoCoMo will launch its first 3G services by the Diwali holiday on 5 November, its executive president for the mobility business division, Deepak Gulati told local paper the Economic Times. Shareholder NTT DoCoMo has been helping the Indian operator prepare for the launch, after it was awarded UMTS licences in May. NTT will bring various 3G products and services that it offers in Japan such as i-mode, location-based services and mobile payment to the Indian market, Gulati said. Tata DoCoMo has 3G licences in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (West), Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. It’s the first operator to announce a date for launching 3G.[Lees verder]

DeNA to buy ngmoco for USD 400 mln
(Telecompaper) Japanese game developer DeNA has agreed to buy US-based Ngmoco, a developer of games and applications for smartphones. DenA will pay around USD 400 million in cash and shares for the company, in a deal expected to close early next month. Ngmoco develops games for the Apple iPhone and plans to expand into Android games later this year. DeNA operates Mobage-town, a mobile games platform with over 20 million users in Japan.[Lees verder]

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