Telenor launches mobile Facebook client

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Telenor Research and Innovation has launched a mobile client on Facebook where users on the run can take part in the network community.

As well as getting access to all the pages in Facebook’s mobile solution, the users may send instant messages and upload images straight from their mobile terminal.

A beta version to increase service innovation

Through the use of open source software, the mobile Facebook client will be further developed through feedback and experience so that later versions will be more robust, with improved user interface and functionality. Initially, the beta version has been tested on a limited number of mobile terminals.

The left phone shows sharing of photos in Facebook. The right phone shows a list of present “friends” at Facebook and Google Talk (surname is made anonymous by the photographer).

“Our target is to learn more about how we can create value and increase service innovation together with other players in our value system, including the end users,” says Hilde Lovett, Project Manager in Telenor R&I.

Personal mobile clients

iLabs, (innovation Labs) a newly established initiative from Telenor R&I, has developed a set of APIs and demonstrators based on open source, called the iLabs Mobile Toolbox. By using this toolbox, users can make their own mobile clients and participate in various network communities and blogs from the mobile terminal. Integration has also been done with Blogger, EZ Publish and Google Talk.

iLabs collaborates with Sun Microsystems, EZ Systems, the Norwegian University of Technology (NTNU) and the University of Oslo. In addition, Telenor has awarded eight open source scholarships to students and their supervisors at various academic institutions who are working on open source projects.

The mobile Facebook client is launched on java.net.

For more information, please visit:
iLabs project: http://www.iLabs.no

iLabs Mobile Toolbox: https://ilabsmobiletoolbox.dev.java.net/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/

DiGi.no: http://www.digi.no/php/art.php?id=387760 (in norwegian)

Contact persons:
Project Manager Hilde Lovett, Telenor R&I, e-mail: hilde.lovett@telenor.com

Senior Advisor Jeanne Terjesen, Telenor R&I, e-mail: jeanne.terjesen@telenor.com