WeFi, creator of the community-based WiFi network, is launching a mobile app storefront powered by WiFi that will feature data-heavy applications that are best-suited for WiFi connectivity--they'll run over the best WiFi connection located by WeFi. Called WeFiApps, the portal offers themed app palettes that focus on communications services, entertainment and information categories with apps that range from mobile video to social networking.
Services such as video uploading and downloading, games and other applications that require constant Web connectivity will be central, WeFi vice president of marketing Amit Shaked told Telephony. WeFi has already signed up Fring, Joiku, Nimbuzz, IM+ from Shape Services, VuFone from NewAct and Hollywood Star from HOVR. The apps are available on WiFi-enabled Symbian S60 mobile phones at launch.
In November, WeFi announced it discovered 10 million access points that are recognized and classified by WeFi and also noted that it passed 1 million users, spread across 215 countries and territories worldwide.
WeFi enables any laptop or WiFi-enabled Symbian or Windows Mobile smartphone to log on to the free WeFi sites by using the company's free software. The company said it is also offering real-time location sharing with friends, anywhere and everywhere around the world via the WiFi connection. Users can locate each other on the WeFi global map and send messages and share content or use popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to locate friends.
- see Telephony
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