Allows Millions of Users to Chat, Photo Share and Shop in a 3D Environment SoftBank Mobile Ships Handsets with New Platform
SAN MATEO, Calif., Nov./ -- Gemini Mobile Technologies (TM), a leading developer of wireless software, today announced a new software platform to power mobile communities. The Gemini platform, called eXplo(TM), is the foundation of a new 3D interface from SoftBank Mobile Corporation in Japan, named S! TOWN (TM).
S! TOWN gives users their first experience with a rich graphical community to chat, communicate and shop across their wireless devices. SoftBank Mobile's new S! Town-enabled phones are available today throughout Japan on their Sharp and Toshiba phone models.
Gemini also announced that its industry-leading multimedia messaging software, the HyperScale? Messaging Center, and its HyperScale? core technology are the engines behind an additional new SoftBank Mobile service, Arrange Mail (TM). Arrange Mail, powered by Gemini's software, takes messaging to the next level by enabling consumers to compose, send and receive rich text and graphical messages on their existing SoftBank Mobile handsets.
"We are pleased to launch S! TOWN, the 3D community platform for wireless devices," said Ted Matsumoto, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of SoftBank Mobile. "S! TOWN and Arrange Mail are revolutionary services that will give our customers a new way of interacting and communicating in their daily lives. We expect these services to be a forerunner in the marketplace by changing the way wireless users interact with one another and their devices."
"We are pleased to have the opportunity to help SoftBank Mobile deploy next-generation mobile communications services," said Scott Driggers, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Gemini Mobile Technologies. "As more people worldwide rely on the wireless phone as their main communication medium, they demand richer and more intuitive ways to interact with their devices. Our eXplo platform is a bold new way of giving users the ability to explore and discover new content and communities via their phones. As wireless devices become increasingly essential to people everywhere, we will continue developing innovative software that powers new generations of wireless connectivity."
Today's announcement adds to Gemini's customer wins worldwide. The company's scalable messaging platform has been adopted by carriers including SoftBank Mobile in Japan; SmarTone-Vodafone in Hong Kong; FarEasTone in Taiwan; Nextel International in Central & South America; and Sferia in Poland to provide seamless services to their users. In addition, Gemini has an OEM relationship with Lucent Technologies and recently announced agreements with Ericsson China and Italy's Italtel, expanding its distribution footprint worldwide.
Gemini eXplo(TM): Powering Mobile Communities
Unlike current offerings that were primarily developed for the Internet and transported to wireless devices, eXplo(TM) was developed from the ground up to be an engine that powers mobile communications on wireless devices. Based on Gemini's HyperScale architecture, this powerful platform unifies media, content and communication into a single platform for the first time, providing users with a rich 3D mobile experience. Gemini's eXplo, offers several features for wireless phones including:
- Explore 3D worlds on their phone by walking around or jumping from place
- Meet and interact with other users
- Personalize an individualized space, be it a game room or a snowboarding
venue, suited to their preferences, and invite friends to visit
- Share photos instantly with friends
- Communicate via different types of messaging such as Instant Messaging
- Shop for goods from music to videos
- Play games by exploring new zones on their device
With the declining revenue from voice and the increasing potential of data revenue, eXplo gives carriers a new opportunity to offer a sticky social application. The new software accelerates time to market, reduces customer churn, and gives carriers a new channel to generate incremental advertising revenues. For content and commerce providers, such as stores and game developers, eXplo(TM) provides a new revenue stream and ability to add users rapidly at a low cost.
Gemini expects to announce new carriers and content providers for eXplo in the coming months.
About Gemini Mobile Technologies
Gemini Mobile Technologies, headquartered in San Mateo, California, is a leading developer of wireless software. The company's HyperScale? Technology is the foundation for its two products: a messaging platform, the HyperScale? Messaging Center, and a community platform, eXplo(TM). Customers include Lucent Technologies, Nextel International and SoftBank Mobile. The company's development efforts are distributed across China, Japan and the United States and it has offices in Asia and Europe. For more information, visit www.geminimobile.com.
Gemini Mobile Technologies, HyperScale and eXplo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Gemini Mobile Technologies. S! TOWN and Arrange Mail are trademarks of SoftBank Mobile Corporation. All other products or service names are the property of their respective owners.
Source: Gemini Mobile Technologies