Top Stories of the Week – February 25, 2012

Skype app is coming soon to Windows Phone

Microsoft recently announced the availability of a beta version of a dedicated Skype VoIP app for its Windows Phone OS. A final version will be available soon in April, the Redmond-based company said.

The Skype application can be downloaded from a Windows Phone or onto a PC from the online Windows Phone Marketplace. The application uses the Metro-style interface to group contacts and messages, and calls can be initiated by touching the recipient's picture.

Spirit, Maaii joins together to bring HD mobile VoIP comm

Voice and video over IP engines provider Spirit DSP and Hong Kong-based mobile VoIP application provider Maaii have teamed up to deliver cross-platform, integrated HD VoIP communications to both consumers and operators. Maaii has licensed Spirit's TeamSpirit Voice Engine Mobile and TeamSpirit Voice Engine PC SDKs to drive Maaii's communication applications with HD-quality VoIP calling for iOS and Android mobile devices.

Asia and Latin America markets drive enterprise voice equipment growth in late 2011

Increased sales in Asia and Latin America helped the overall enterprise PBX equipment market to grow 6% in 2011 over 2010. Avaya still leads over Cisco in global PBX/KTS revenue in 2011, while Cisco strongly led in Q4 2011 due to higher average selling prices on phones. "The growth is good news despite the flat final quarter of 2011," said Diane Myers, directing analyst for VoIP and IMS at Infonetics Research. The global PBX/KTS system market amounted to US$8.43 billion in 2011, up from US$7.97 billion.

MRG report indicates IPTV growth surpassing cable and satellite TV

The recent IPTV forecast from MRG, Inc. shows that the number of global IPTV subscribers will grow from 53 million in 2011 to 105 million in 2015, a CAGR of 18.7 percent. The service revenue for the global IPTV market was valued at US$21.8 billion in 2011 and is projected to grow to some US$45.3 billion in 2015, a CAGR of 20 percent.

Linux is coming to its own in mobile

The mobile industry has been good to Linux, whose Android derivative has gained a unprecedented success that few insiders could have predicted just a few short years ago.

And so true, until recently, Android was Linux's main competition in the mobile world. Yes, there have been others coming and going such as LiMo, Maemo, Moblin, and MeeGo, for example, but none of them have even approached Android in terms of dominance.

That is why this 2012 Mobile World Congress has been impressive. Announcements coming out of the show have made it crystal clear that mobile Linux's days of being more or less completely dominated by Android are at its end.

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