The Newark Star-Ledger, Triangle Business Journal and Wireless Week all covered the opening of client Truphone's new Engineering Center that's housed inside NJIT's Enterprise Development Center in Newark under the direction of longtime friend, Dr. Ed Guy who has been with Truphone since their earliest days. Truphone will be part of GigaOm's Mobilize later this month.
Joikusoft, the Finnish company whose JoikuSpot app was one of the first to enable sharing of data plans on smartphones which they pioneered on Nokia smartphones some years back running the Symbian OS, will be coming out with media sharing. What that means is an upcoming app called JoikuShare that will allow content on a smartphone to be shared.
Huawei, the Chinese manufacturer of Android devices will ship a new 10" tablet worldwide this month. Tabbed the MediaPad 10 FHD, the new tablet includes radios to support LTE and HSPA+. With all the controvery surrounding Samsung devices, the Huawei devices may be a nice alternative for mobile operators to market. The company has also released a 7" MediaPad, called MediaPad 7 Lite.
Bloomberg tells us that France's Illiad, the mobile phone division of FREE.tv, is racking up amazing adoption levels. This past week they reported that they now have 5.4 percent of the French market, up from 4 percent the previous quarter. They are now outpacing companies like Yoigo and Three which operate in other European countries when it comes to growth. Clearly their entry into the wireless market in France is impacting the incumbent operators, with SFR dropping 5.6 percent in sales, according to Fierce Wireless.