Pitch your hot mobile startup at MobileBeat 2011!

It’s that time of the year again: VentureBeat’s MobileBeat 2011 conference is coming up on July 12 – 13 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. This year our theme is “Who wins in the 4G nirvana?” We’ll be focusing on the rise of 4G and what it means for every aspect of the mobile industry.

Voxeo to launch SMSified, will charge 1 cent per text

Voice communications company Voxeo announced this evening that it will launch a developer platform for SMS, IM, and voice called SMSified at the end of the week. Developers can create apps for free and will be charged 1 cent per text message sent, making the service cheaper than Clickatell and more versatile than Twilio.

Google on Apple: We embrace the battle for developers

Google executive Vic Gundotra continued his pattern of snarkiness towards Apple at today’s Google I/O conference in San Francisco, where his presentation included an image of Google’s Android logo eating an apple (which I’ve included in this post). So one of the reporters at the conference followed-up, asking how much the Android team is actually thinking about the iPhone on a day-to-day basis.

Android aims for practically every device in your home

Google has said before that its Android operating system isn’t just for mobile phones, and that’s already become true as the operating system moves onto tablets. The company showed off an even more ambitious vision today at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, where it announced two new device platforms — the Android Open Accessory Platform and Android at Home.

Android Market gets movie rentals

Google is launching a movie rental store within its Android Marketplace, the company said today at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco. The store will basically be a carbon copy of the movie rental store that’s available through Apple’s App Store. Users pay around $2 to rent movies and stream them over the Internet in high-definition.

Jiepang, China’s Foursquare, begins NFC testing

Jiepang, China’s version of location check-in service Foursquare, has begun near field communication (NFC) trials with its popular location-based application. Users will be able to check into locations using NFC, a wireless technology built into a device that communicates with a reader when it is in close proximity (a few centimeters). Jeipang is the first location-based service of its kind to begin testing NFC in the Chinese market.