Biography for Mike Dano
Mike Dano is the executive editor for the Telecom Group for FierceMarkets, which includes FierceWireless, FierceTelecom, FierceMobileContent, FierceBroadbandWireless and other publications. In his role, Mike oversees all editorial content for the publications, and acts as a point of contact for such content. Mike has covered the wireless industry as a journalist for the better part of a decade, and remembers writing a story about the transition from black and white to color screens on cell phones. Mike is based in Denver and can be reached at email@example.com. Follow @FierceWireless or @mikeddano on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.
Articles by Mike Dano
Although Apple is reportedly hard at work finalizing its iOS 7 operating system for release sometime this fall (likely in conjunction with the release of its next iPhone), there's no doubt the company is also doing some initial planning around what it could offer in the next version of its smartphone and tablet operating system, iOS 8.
King, the company behind the wildly popular mobile game Candy Crush Saga, announced it will discontinue its mobile advertising efforts, instead focusing solely on revenue from in-app purchases.
Apple announced during its developer's conference today an "iOS in the car" program that will essentially integrate select iOS apps into the vehicle dashboards of participating automakers. Apple's Eddy Cue explained that cars running the program will be available starting next year, and automakers supporting the effort include Honda, Kia, Chevy, Nissan, Volvo and a number of others.
Apple's Tim Cook used the company's developer conference today to spotlight the fragmentation that he said plagues Google's Android ecosystem. Cook said that 90 percent of all iOS users are on the latest version of Apple's operating system, iOS 6, whereas the Gingerbread version of Google's Android, released in 2010, remains the most widely used version of Android.
Apple during its developer conference today announced it has so far paid out $10 billion to iOS developers via its App Store. "To put that into perspective, that's three times more than all other platforms combined," Apple CEO Tim Cook noted.
Mobile video calling company Tango today released a platform that mobile gaming companies can use to add Tango-powered video calling and messaging services to their mobile games. Mobile gaming powerhouse Gameloft will be one of the first to use the platform; Gameloft will release Candy Block Breaker for Tango on iOS using the new Tango platform.
Glu Mobile CEO Niccolo de Masi acknowledged that it's very difficult to create a franchise in the mobile gaming space on the scale of Rovio Entertainment's Angry Birds. However, he said the sheer volume of new mobile games coupled with the fickle tastes of mobile gamers makes it easier for new mobile gaming titles to compete with established brand names.
Video calling company ooVoo is planning to release an overhauled version of its video calling app for Android and iOS this summer. The updated app will include an improved user interface, quick links to users' top five contacts, video filters and other features.
LAS VEGAS--Messaging provider Pinger earns an average of roughly 64-65 cents per month from each of its users, primarily from advertising. Greg Woock, Pinger's co-founder and CEO, provided the figure during a discussion here at the CTIA Wireless 2013 trade show about the effect over-the-top messaging providers are having on wireless carriers' traditional voice and messaging businesses.
Mobile payments company payvia announced today it acquired Mogreet, which provides mobile video and rich media messaging engagement solutions used by marketers, retailers and others including ABC, Bloomingdales, Cox Media Group, Emmis Communications, Fox Television, and Gamefly. As part of the transaction, Mogreet founder and CEO James Citron will become payvia's CMO.