Review of the main events of the past week (Week 23)

Greetings to the readers of the weekly industry column. Often, reading about a particular court case, the cause of which is patent infringement, one is surprised at how obvious things are protected by law.

The essence of the patent issued last week is interesting - modern means of remotely opening / closing car doors are also able to start the car engine, while the owner himself is at a distance.

Volkswagen

18-year-old girl Sarah Dodge (Sarah Dodge) has patented the technology of starting the car engine using a mobile phone. To do this, three digits are dialed on the phone, and after making a call, the engine starts automatically.

It is not clear what the developers of GSM/GPS - anti-theft systems should do now, because the functionality of remote (via SMS) turning on the engine of a car is a very common option.

But let's not talk about 18-year-old inventors anymore, let's talk about inventions behind which there are whole teams of pundits.

Thus, Toshiba has announced a new 2.5-inch hard drive. He deserved a loud statement about himself due to the fact that in this drive the company managed to achieve the largest volume in the world in this form factor and using only two magnetic disks. Perpendicular recording technology played an important role here.

The hard drive (marking MK2035GSS) with a capacity of 200 GB has the highest information recording density - 277.1 Mbps per mm2 or 178.8 Gbps per inch2 (the highest density among commercially available solutions). This is 1.67 times more than the currently produced 2.5-inch hard drive with a capacity of 120 GB produced by the same Toshiba.

The ability to store large amounts of data in a small form factor is important for laptops and personal audio and video applications. The hard drive uses only two disks and is 9.5 mm thick. The spindle speed reaches 4200 rpm. The company plans to start mass production of the hard drive in August this year.

Samsung Electronics also excelled. Last week the 1.98-inch LCD was announced to be finished, which isn't interesting in itself, but the bottom line is that the resolution of this display is VGA (480x640 pixels). According to the company, this has been achieved for the first time in the industry. The display is based on amorphous silicon (a-Si).

Mobile phones equipped with such a display would, in principle, be able to display application windows and documents with a quality comparable to computer and laptop displays, only the image will be much smaller - a very small display size. It is difficult to say whether this will be convenient: in order to see the details, you probably need to be a sharp-eyed person.

It is also worth noting that the development can display up to 16M shades of colors. The display is currently on display at SID (Society for Information Display International Conference) in San Francisco.

Another invention also deserves attention, but is in a different weight category. Disposable household items have long become commonplace and do not surprise anyone. However, the design solution proposed by Taiwanese craftsmen can still surprise many. According to Yanko Design, they have developed a concept called "Paper says". As the name suggests, it boils down to a "disposable" mobile phone with a paper body.

The advantages of the idea include its low cost, possible ubiquity, the ability to relatively easily recycle (Tetra Pak paper is used), and the fact that such a mobile phone is not afraid to get dirty or lost - you can buy a new one in any stall selling small things. The developers modestly do not mention that in this case the data stored in the phone will also be lost.

The success of iPod portables in virtually every market has not gone unnoticed by other companies. Many companies borrow certain successful design solutions from the leader, for example, the idea of ​​a navipad is present in a considerable number of devices.

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For example, the new music slider Asus J206 - has a painfully familiar round navipad, which greatly facilitates the process of controlling the music player. The phone itself has a slider form factor, and technical characteristics are not yet known - it is reported that the novelty supports playing most multimedia files, can work up to 12 hours in music playback mode (with the communication part turned on), has 60 MB of internal memory, expandable with microSD cards.

Another novelty from ASUS was presented at Computex 2006, which was held in Taipei. ASUSTeK Computer demonstrated the AsGuru S1 wireless VoIP phone, tailored for use with Skype software. It supports wireless Wi-Fi (802.11g) networks. In addition to making calls, it can be used as a remote control for Windows Media Player.

The phone is equipped with an LCM display with a resolution of 128x64 pixels. The keyboard has LED backlighting. The talk time is up to 2 hours, and the standby time is 25 hours. Recharging the battery of the device can be carried out via the USB interface.

Nokia, in an effort to maintain interest in its branded gaming platform, announced last week the launch of its first global digital retail channel for N-Gage games. Now owners of N-Gage phones can download trial versions of games and buy their favorites from this address: www.n-gage.com/gameshop. Among the games there are such popular hits as Pathway to Glory and Mile High Pinball.

To access content for N-Gage, owners of these phones simply need to browse the catalog with games in the browser and download the selected game to their computer, which is then installed on the N-Gage. Game prices range from 19.99 to 29.99 Euro per game and can be purchased with a credit card.

About Russia

According to the analytical company J'son & Partners, the statements of operators inspire cautious optimism: the subscriber base is growing faster every month, and revenue growth remains at the level of over 30% per year. In May, the number of cellular subscribers in Russia increased to 135 million. The penetration rate in Russia as a whole reached 95%, and in the Moscow licensed zone (MLZ) it was 143%.

The total increase in the number of subscribers in May amounted to 2.5 million (+2.0%) - this is the maximum increase since the beginning of the year. Approximately the same was the increase in May 2004, while in May 2005 the increase was 3.9 million subscribers. The annual growth rate of the subscriber base is steadily declining (from 105% in January 2005 to 44% in May 2006).

Across Russia, the leadership in terms of subscriber base growth passed in May from Megafon to VimpelCom, while in the Moscow licensed zone Megafon has been holding the lead in this indicator for the fifth month in a row.

According to preliminary estimates, in the I quarter. In 2006, cellular operators' revenues reached $2.9 billion, which is 34% more than in the same period last year. For the third quarter in a row, revenue growth has remained at the same level - a decrease in the influx of new subscribers is offset by the growing activity of previously attracted users and a slowdown in the fall of ARPU.

In absolute terms, the market grew by $740 mln compared to the 1st quarter of 2005. Vimpelcom and Megafon accounted for the bulk of this increase (36% each). At the same time, Megafon is the leader among the Big Three operators in terms of revenue growth (+58%). In terms of revenues in the Russian market, the first place in the 1st quarter of 2006, according to preliminary estimates, remained with MTS.

Russian operators with a subscriber base of more than 0.5 million:

Four podcasts from the Mobile-review team came out last week. They successfully complement the weekly information column!

Review of the main events of the past week (Week 23)

Greetings to the readers of the weekly industry column. Often, reading about a particular court case, the cause of which is patent infringement, one is surprised at how obvious things are protected by law.

The essence of the patent issued last week is interesting - modern means of remotely opening / closing car doors are also able to start the car engine, while the owner himself is at a distance.

Volkswagen

18-year-old girl Sarah Dodge (Sarah Dodge) has patented the technology of starting the car engine using a mobile phone. To do this, three digits are dialed on the phone, and after making a call, the engine starts automatically.

It is not clear what the developers of GSM/GPS - anti-theft systems should do now, because the functionality of remote (via SMS) turning on the engine of a car is a very common option.

But let's not talk about 18-year-old inventors anymore, let's talk about inventions behind which there are whole teams of pundits.

Thus, Toshiba has announced a new 2.5-inch hard drive. He deserved a loud statement about himself due to the fact that in this drive the company managed to achieve the largest volume in the world in this form factor and using only two magnetic disks. Not the last role here was played by perpendicular recording technology.

The hard drive (marking MK2035GSS) with a capacity of 200 GB has the highest information recording density - 277.1 Mbps per mm2 or 178.8 Gbps per inch2 (the highest density among commercially available solutions). This is 1.67 times more than the currently produced 2.5-inch hard drive with a capacity of 120 GB produced by the same Toshiba.

The ability to store large amounts of data in a small form factor is important for laptops and personal audio and video applications. The hard drive uses only two disks and is 9.5 mm thick. The spindle speed reaches 4200 rpm. The company plans to start mass production of the hard drive in August this year.

Samsung Electronics also excelled. Last week the 1.98-inch LCD was announced to be finished, which isn't interesting in itself, but the bottom line is that the resolution of this display is VGA (480x640 pixels). According to the company, this has been achieved for the first time in the industry. The display is based on amorphous silicon (a-Si).

Mobile phones equipped with such a display would, in principle, be able to display application windows and documents with a quality comparable to computer and laptop displays, only the image will be much smaller - a very small display size. It is difficult to say whether this will be convenient: in order to see the details, you probably need to be a sharp-eyed person.

It is also worth noting that the development can display up to 16M shades of colors. The display is currently on display at SID (Society for Information Display International Conference) in San Francisco.

Another invention also deserves attention, but is in a different weight category. Disposable household items have long become commonplace and do not surprise anyone. However, the design solution proposed by Taiwanese craftsmen can still surprise many. According to Yanko Design, they have developed a concept called "Paper says". As the name suggests, it boils down to a "disposable" mobile phone with a paper body.

The advantages of the idea include its low cost, possible ubiquity, the ability to relatively easily recycle (Tetra Pak paper is used), and the fact that such a mobile phone is not afraid to get dirty or lost - you can buy a new one in any stall selling small things. The developers modestly do not mention that in this case the data stored in the phone will also be lost.

The success of iPod portables in virtually every market has not gone unnoticed by other companies. Many companies borrow certain successful design solutions from the leader, for example, the idea of ​​a navipad is present in a considerable number of devices.

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For example, the new music slider Asus J206 - has a painfully familiar round navipad, which greatly facilitates the process of controlling the music player. The phone itself has a slider form factor, and technical characteristics are not yet known - it is reported that the novelty supports playing most multimedia files, can work up to 12 hours in music playback mode (with the communication part turned on), has 60 MB of internal memory, expandable with microSD cards.

Another novelty from ASUS was presented at Computex 2006, which was held in Taipei. ASUSTeK Computer demonstrated the AsGuru S1 wireless VoIP phone, tailored for use with Skype software. It supports wireless Wi-Fi (802.11g) networks. In addition to making calls, it can be used as a remote control for Windows Media Player.

The phone is equipped with an LCM display with a resolution of 128x64 pixels. The keyboard has LED backlighting. The talk time is up to 2 hours, and the standby time is 25 hours. Recharging the battery of the device can be carried out via the USB interface.

Nokia, in an effort to maintain interest in its branded gaming platform, announced last week the launch of its first global digital retail channel for N-Gage games. Now owners of N-Gage phones can download trial versions of games and buy their favorites from this address: www.n-gage.com/gameshop. Among the games there are such popular hits as Pathway to Glory and Mile High Pinball.

To access content for N-Gage, owners of these phones simply need to browse the catalog with games in the browser and download the selected game to their computer, which is then installed on the N-Gage. Game prices range from 19.99 to 29.99 Euro per game and can be purchased with a credit card.

About Russia

According to the analytical company J'son & Partners, the statements of operators inspire cautious optimism: the subscriber base is growing faster every month, and revenue growth remains at the level of over 30% per year. In May, the number of cellular subscribers in Russia increased to 135 million. The penetration rate in Russia as a whole reached 95%, and in the Moscow licensed zone (MLZ) it was 143%.

The total increase in the number of subscribers in May amounted to 2.5 million (+2.0%) - this is the maximum increase since the beginning of the year. Approximately the same was the increase in May 2004, while in May 2005 the increase was 3.9 million subscribers. The annual growth rate of the subscriber base is steadily declining (from 105% in January 2005 to 44% in May 2006).

Across Russia, the leadership in terms of subscriber base growth passed in May from Megafon to VimpelCom, while in the Moscow licensed zone Megafon has been holding the lead in this indicator for the fifth month in a row.

According to preliminary estimates, in the I quarter. In 2006, cellular operators' revenues reached $2.9 billion, which is 34% more than in the same period last year. For the third quarter in a row, revenue growth has remained at the same level - a decrease in the influx of new subscribers is offset by the growing activity of previously attracted users and a slowdown in the fall of ARPU.

In absolute terms, the market grew by $740 mln compared to the 1st quarter of 2005. Vimpelcom and Megafon accounted for the bulk of this increase (36% each). At the same time, Megafon is the leader among the Big Three operators in terms of revenue growth (+58%). In terms of revenues in the Russian market, the first place in the 1st quarter of 2006, according to preliminary estimates, remained with MTS.

Russian operators with a subscriber base of more than 0.5 million:

Four podcasts from the Mobile-review team came out last week. They successfully complement the weekly information column!

Review of the main events of the past week (Week 23)

Greetings to the readers of the weekly industry column. Often, reading about a particular court case, the cause of which is patent infringement, one is surprised at how obvious things are protected by law.

The essence of the patent issued last week is interesting - modern means of remotely opening / closing car doors are also able to start the car engine, while the owner himself is at a distance.

Volkswagen

18-year-old girl Sarah Dodge (Sarah Dodge) has patented the technology of starting the car engine using a mobile phone. To do this, three digits are dialed on the phone, and after making a call, the engine starts automatically.

It is not clear what the developers of GSM/GPS - anti-theft systems should do now, because the functionality of remote (via SMS) turning on the engine of a car is a very common option.

But let's not talk about 18-year-old inventors anymore, let's talk about inventions behind which there are whole teams of pundits.

Thus, Toshiba has announced a new 2.5-inch hard drive. He deserved a loud statement about himself due to the fact that in this drive the company managed to achieve the largest volume in the world in this form factor and using only two magnetic disks. Not the last role here was played by perpendicular recording technology.

The hard drive (marking MK2035GSS) with a capacity of 200 GB has the highest information recording density - 277.1 Mbps per mm2 or 178.8 Gbps per inch2 (the highest density among commercially available solutions). This is 1.67 times more than the currently produced 2.5-inch hard drive with a capacity of 120 GB produced by the same Toshiba.

The ability to store large amounts of data in a small form factor is important for laptops and personal audio and video applications. The hard drive uses only two disks and is 9.5 mm thick. The spindle speed reaches 4200 rpm. The company plans to start mass production of the hard drive in August this year.

Samsung Electronics also excelled. Last week the 1.98-inch LCD was announced to be finished, which isn't interesting in itself, but the bottom line is that the resolution of this display is VGA (480x640 pixels). According to the company, this has been achieved for the first time in the industry. The display is based on amorphous silicon (a-Si).

Mobile phones equipped with such a display would, in principle, be able to display application windows and documents with a quality comparable to computer and laptop displays, only the image will be much smaller - a very small display size. It is difficult to say whether this will be convenient: in order to see the details, you probably need to be a sharp-eyed person.

It is also worth noting that the development can display up to 16M shades of colors. The display is currently on display at SID (Society for Information Display International Conference) in San Francisco.

Another invention also deserves attention, but is in a different weight category. Disposable household items have long become commonplace and do not surprise anyone. However, the design solution proposed by Taiwanese craftsmen can still surprise many. According to Yanko Design, they have developed a concept called "Paper says". As the name suggests, it boils down to a "disposable" mobile phone with a paper body.

The advantages of the idea include its low cost, possible ubiquity, the ability to relatively easily recycle (Tetra Pak paper is used), and the fact that such a mobile phone is not afraid to get dirty or lost - you can buy a new one in any stall selling small things. The developers modestly do not mention that in this case the data stored in the phone will also be lost.

The success of iPod portables in virtually every market has not gone unnoticed by other companies. Many companies borrow certain successful design solutions from the leader, for example, the idea of ​​a navipad is present in a considerable number of devices.

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For example, the new music slider Asus J206 - has a painfully familiar round navipad, which greatly facilitates the process of controlling the music player. The phone itself has a slider form factor, and technical characteristics are not yet known - it is reported that the novelty supports playing most multimedia files, can work up to 12 hours in music playback mode (with the communication part turned on), has 60 MB of internal memory, expandable with microSD cards.

Another novelty from ASUS was presented at Computex 2006, which was held in Taipei. ASUSTeK Computer demonstrated the AsGuru S1 wireless VoIP phone, tailored for use with Skype software. It supports wireless Wi-Fi (802.11g) networks. In addition to making calls, it can be used as a remote control for Windows Media Player.

The phone is equipped with an LCM display with a resolution of 128x64 pixels. The keyboard has LED backlighting. The talk time is up to 2 hours, and the standby time is 25 hours. Recharging the battery of the device can be carried out via the USB interface.

Nokia, in an effort to maintain interest in its branded gaming platform, announced last week the launch of its first global digital retail channel for N-Gage games. Now owners of N-Gage phones can download trial versions of games and buy their favorites from this address: www.n-gage.com/gameshop. Among the games there are such popular hits as Pathway to Glory and Mile High Pinball.

To access content for N-Gage, owners of these phones simply need to browse the catalog with games in the browser and download the selected game to their computer, which is then installed on the N-Gage. Game prices range from 19.99 to 29.99 Euro per game and can be purchased with a credit card.

About Russia

According to the analytical company J'son & Partners, the statements of operators inspire cautious optimism: the subscriber base is growing faster every month, and revenue growth remains at the level of over 30% per year. In May, the number of cellular subscribers in Russia increased to 135 million. The penetration rate in Russia as a whole reached 95%, and in the Moscow licensed zone (MLZ) it was 143%.

The total increase in the number of subscribers in May amounted to 2.5 million (+2.0%) - this is the maximum increase since the beginning of the year. Approximately the same was the increase in May 2004, while in May 2005 the increase was 3.9 million subscribers. The annual growth rate of the subscriber base is steadily declining (from 105% in January 2005 to 44% in May 2006).

Across Russia, the leadership in terms of subscriber base growth passed in May from Megafon to VimpelCom, while in the Moscow licensed zone Megafon has been holding the lead in this indicator for the fifth month in a row.

According to preliminary estimates, in the I quarter. In 2006, cellular operators' revenues reached $2.9 billion, which is 34% more than in the same period last year. For the third quarter in a row, revenue growth has remained at the same level - a decrease in the influx of new subscribers is offset by the growing activity of previously attracted users and a slowdown in the fall of ARPU.

In absolute terms, the market grew by $740 mln compared to Q1 2005. VimpelCom and Megafon accounted for the bulk of this growth (36% each). At the same time, Megafon is the leader among the Big Three operators in terms of revenue growth (+58%). In terms of revenue in the Russian market, the first place in the 1st quarter of 2006, according to preliminary estimates, remained with MTS.

Russian operators with a subscriber base of more than 0.5 million:

Four podcasts from the Mobile-review team came out last week. They successfully complement the weekly information column!

Review of the main events of the past week (Week 23)

Greetings to the readers of the weekly industry column. Often, reading about a particular court case, the cause of which is patent infringement, one is surprised at how obvious things are protected by law.

The essence of the patent issued last week is interesting - modern means of remotely opening / closing car doors are also able to start the car engine, while the owner himself is at a distance.

Volkswagen Volkswagen

18-year-old girl Sarah Dodge (Sarah Dodge) has patented the technology of starting the car engine using a mobile phone. To do this, three digits are dialed on the phone, and after making a call, the engine starts automatically.

It is not clear what the developers of GSM/GPS - anti-theft systems should do now, because the functionality of remote (via SMS) turning on the engine of a car is a very common option.

But let's not talk about 18-year-old inventors anymore, let's talk about inventions behind which there are whole teams of pundits.

Thus, Toshiba has announced a new 2.5-inch hard drive. He deserved a loud statement about himself due to the fact that in this drive the company managed to achieve the largest volume in the world in this form factor and using only two magnetic disks. Perpendicular recording technology played an important role here.

The hard drive (marking MK2035GSS) with a capacity of 200 GB has the highest information recording density - 277.1 Mbps per mm2 or 178.8 Gbps per inch2 (the highest density among commercially available solutions). This is 1.67 times more than the currently produced 2.5-inch hard drive with a capacity of 120 GB produced by the same Toshiba.

The ability to store large amounts of data in a small form factor is important for laptops and personal audio and video applications. The hard drive uses only two disks and is 9.5 mm thick. The spindle speed reaches 4200 rpm. The company plans to start mass production of the hard drive in August this year.

Samsung Electronics also excelled. Last week the 1.98-inch LCD was announced to be finished, which isn't interesting in itself, but the bottom line is that the resolution of this display is VGA (480x640 pixels). According to the company, this has been achieved for the first time in the industry. The display is based on amorphous silicon (a-Si).

Mobile phones equipped with such a display will in principle be able to display application windows and documents with a quality comparable to computer and laptop displays, only the image will be much smaller - a very small display size. It is difficult to say whether this will be convenient: in order to see the details, you probably need to be a sharp-eyed person.

It is also worth noting that the development can display up to 16M shades of colors. The display is currently on display at SID (Society for Information Display International Conference) in San Francisco.

Another invention also deserves attention, but is in a different weight category. Disposable household items have long become commonplace and do not surprise anyone. However, the design solution proposed by Taiwanese craftsmen can still surprise many. According to Yanko Design, they have developed a concept called "Paper says". As the name suggests, it boils down to a "disposable" mobile phone with a paper body.

The advantages of the idea include its low cost, possible ubiquity, the ability to relatively easily recycle (Tetra Pak paper is used), and the fact that such a mobile phone is not afraid to get dirty or lost - you can buy a new one in any stall selling small things. The developers modestly do not mention that in this case the data stored in the phone will also be lost.

The success of iPod portables in virtually every market has not gone unnoticed by other companies. Many companies borrow certain successful design solutions from the leader, for example, the idea of ​​a navipad is present in a considerable number of devices.

For example, the new music slider Asus J206 - has a painfully familiar round navipad, which greatly facilitates the process of controlling the music player. The phone itself has a slider form factor, and technical characteristics are not yet known - it is reported that the novelty supports playing most multimedia files, can work up to 12 hours in music playback mode (with the communication part turned on), has 60 MB of internal memory, expandable with microSD cards.

Another novelty from ASUS was presented at Computex 2006, which was held in Taipei. ASUSTeK Computer demonstrated the AsGuru S1 wireless VoIP phone, tailored for use with Skype software. It supports wireless Wi-Fi (802.11g) networks. In addition to making calls, it can be used as a remote control for Windows Media Player.

The phone is equipped with an LCM display with a resolution of 128x64 pixels. The keyboard has LED backlighting. The talk time is up to 2 hours, and the standby time is 25 hours. Recharging the battery of the device can be carried out via the USB interface.

Nokia, in an effort to maintain interest in its branded gaming platform, announced last week the launch of its first global digital retail channel for N-Gage games. Now owners of N-Gage phones can download trial versions of games and buy their favorites from this address: www.n-gage.com/gameshop. Among the games there are such popular hits as Pathway to Glory and Mile High Pinball.

To access content for N-Gage, owners of these phones simply need to browse the catalog with games in the browser and download the selected game to their computer, which is then installed on the N-Gage. Game prices range from 19.99 to 29.99 Euro per game and can be purchased with a credit card.

About Russia

According to the analytical company J'son & Partners, the statements of operators inspire cautious optimism: the subscriber base is growing faster every month, and revenue growth remains at the level of over 30% per year. In May, the number of cellular subscribers in Russia increased to 135 million. The penetration rate in Russia as a whole reached 95%, and in the Moscow licensed zone (MLZ) it was 143%.

The total increase in the number of subscribers in May amounted to 2.5 million (+2.0%) - this is the maximum increase since the beginning of the year. Approximately the same was the increase in May 2004, while in May 2005 the increase was 3.9 million subscribers. The annual growth rate of the subscriber base is steadily declining (from 105% in January 2005 to 44% in May 2006).

Across Russia, the leadership in terms of subscriber base growth passed in May from Megafon to VimpelCom, while in the Moscow licensed zone Megafon has been holding the lead in this indicator for the fifth month in a row.

According to preliminary estimates, in the I quarter. In 2006, cellular operators' revenues reached $2.9 billion, which is 34% more than in the same period last year. For the third quarter in a row, revenue growth has remained at the same level - a decrease in the influx of new subscribers is offset by the growing activity of previously attracted users and a slowdown in the fall of ARPU.

In absolute terms, the market grew by $740 mln compared to the 1st quarter of 2005. Vimpelcom and Megafon accounted for the bulk of this increase (36% each). At the same time, Megafon is the leader among the Big Three operators in terms of revenue growth (+58%). In terms of revenues in the Russian market, the first place in the 1st quarter of 2006, according to preliminary estimates, remained with MTS.

Russian operators with a subscriber base of more than 0.5 million:

Four podcasts from the Mobile-review team came out last week. They successfully complement the weekly information column!