Verizon to combat (iPhone) data hogs by throttling mobile data

Verizon is preparing for an expected onslaught of mobile data usage from new iPhone customers by throttling data for the top 5 percent of users — the so-called “data hogs.” It’s also compressing data files transmitted over its wireless network, according to a Verizon memo (PDF) revealed by the mobile site Boy Genius Report.

Ground Truth debuts highly accurate way to measure traffic on mobile sites

A new mobile measurement firm, Ground Truth, today announced it has launched the first such service to use census-based measures of actual Mobile Internet usage. The data, which covers millions of mobile subscribers in the United States, will come directly from mobile operators and other data providers, allowing the company to aggregate figures on mobile data usage on any visited mobile site.

Asurion AddressBook unlocks Android's social media potential

A new application called Asurion AddressBook launches on the Android Market tomorrow, opening up new ways to use social media on the phone — and instantly making the iPhone look even more outdated for not running applications in the background and its lower app integration. Asurion AddressBook can be downloaded here.

Android phones give carrier services more muscle

Google’s Android phones have emerged as major competitors to the red-hot iPhone. And now Android seems to have yet one more thing working in its favor: Carriers have figured out that it offers them some very valuable options to help them differentiate their services from their competitors.

Adobe's Flash 10 for Android: A big win for mobile web apps

On Adobe’s earnings call last week, chief executive Shantanu Naraye said his company will introduce version 10 of its Flash multimedia player for Android this October at Adobe MAX 2009. This comes on the heals of handset manufacturer Sony Ericsson’s announcement that it will release its first Android 2.0 handsets with “more multimedia capabilities” the same month.

Kinoma makes finding mobile content a snap on Windows, Nokia's Ovi

Mobile developer Kinoma announced that its Kinoma Play mobile media browser will be available in Nokia’s Ovi Store and the Windows Marketplace (which will be included on all phones based on Windows Mobile 6.5 this fall). Microsoft has signed Kinoma Play as an anchor application, meaning it will be among the first to offer its application through the Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

Conveneer's infrastructure service marries your phone with the web

Apple’s MobileMe and Microsoft’s recently announced MyPhone services focus on giving mobile users more seamless access to internet data services and the mobile address book. Conveneer, launching later this year, wants to help other carriers and manufacturers do the same — or better. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup has just announced a $4.5 million round of funding led by Swedish investor Industrifonden and Silicon Valley-based Broken Arrow Venture Capital.

MySpace's John Faith sees half of all its users going mobile

MySpace has seen impressive growth in its mobile services over the last six months, especially outside the U.S. At the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, I recently caught up with John Faith, the vice president and general manager for the social network’s mobile services, to learn more. In the interview below, he tells me about MySpace’s collaborations with mobile carriers, handset manufacturers and content creators around the world, to help it deliver a more compelling experience to mobile users.

This year at MWC, no one's eating Yahoo's free ice cream

At last year’s Mobile World Congress, everyone wanted Yahoo’s ice cream. You see, no one had a legitimate application store yet, the iPhone wasn’t 3G and Android didn’t even exist. Yahoo’s oneConnect was one of the most buzzed-about parts of last year’s show — and its booth, with free ice cream, was crowded. What a difference a year makes.

Applications are reshaping mobile industry competition

Remember when consumers picked their network carrier first and their phone second? When mobile phone makers competed based on what functions they’d built into their devices — screen size, battery life, camera, and handy carrier-selected applications? Well, those days are all but gone. As independent developers continue to churn out increasing varieties of mobile applications, many consumers will choose a device not for the network it runs on or for what functions are built in but for what kinds of applications will run on it. That means developers will soon have more impact on what devices sell than the carriers or device makers.