dotMobi has announced that Microsoft's MSN Mobile group will use dotMobi's DeviceAtlas mobile device database to help develop and deliver mobile-aware content to its customers.
DeviceAtlas is a superset of existing mobile device databases and contains attribute information for more than 5,500 devices around the world, including leading-edge mobile devices like the Apple iPhone, RIM Blackberry, Nintendo DS Lite and Amazon Kindle. Because of dotMobi's unique industry position, it offers DeviceAtlas for free to mobile Web content developers worldwide, with extremely low-cost versions available for enterprise use.
As part of its goal to meet the needs of its mobile Web users, MSN Mobile plans to use DeviceAtlas to understand the mobile capabilities of its customers and help deliver content that best meets those needs.
"We're pleased to lead the way in adopting DeviceAtlas as our standard for mobile content development," said David Raissipour, group program manager, at Microsoft's MSN Mobile group. "dotMobi's DeviceAtlas is unique in that it ties together the mobile content, operator, and handset communities, and lets us create the kind of specialised content that continues to differentiate MSN in the market ."
Another company that has adopted DeviceAtlas as its in-house standard is international call provider Morodo.
To promote and provision MO-Call, a software-based service that offers low-cost international calls direct from a mobile phone, Morodo needed a solution to handle the thousands of different phones and operators in the world. The company implemented DeviceAtlas to provide their users with a seamless experience on its site.
"Since implementing DeviceAtlas and launching our .mobi site, we've seen an increase in registrations. Interestingly, customers are coming from all over the world. I think that shows the power of the .mobi domain in marketing a brand," said James Barnes, Technical Director, Morodo.
Paul Nerger, Vice President of Advanced Services and Applications at dotMobi, said, "DeviceAtlas continues to grow by the day in the number of phones and attributes that are available to developers. We're excited that Microsoft and Morodo have seen the benefits of DeviceAtlas in helping to resolve the issues inherent in the heterogeneous nature of the mobile handset industry."