CNET también está disponible en español. Don't show this again. Wireless carriers already offer features similar to those used in the newest version of BREW. Sprint PCS uses--and Cingular Wireless plans to soon use--Handspring's Blazer wireless browser, which has similar capabilities to BREW, a Handspring representative said. But other announced BREW upgrades, such as the ability of BREW phones to interact with images using JPEG files, will be new for wireless devices, Qualcomm said. "Everybody will win together in this industry," Paul E. Jacobs, president of Qualcomm Wireless & Internet Group, said Tuesday at the BREW developer conference in San Diego.
Battling apathy But all the functionality in the world won't solve one major problem, analysts say: U.S, user apathy, Qualcomm, Handspring and most other wireless industry players are trying to entice users of wireless devices to start using pricey applications like wireless Web surfing or buying goods via their cell phones, Wireless data use has flourished in Europe, where billions of wireless messages are traded every month, In Japan, wireless picture messaging has helped Qualcomm licensee KT Freetel increase its revenues, But wireless data use is still stagnant in the United States, where the personal computer is the vehicle of sloth party iphone case choice for messages or Internet surfing..
"More Web browsing is great, but data is only low single-digit percentages of a U.S. carrier's revenues right now," said John Dryden, wireless equipment analyst at J.P. Morgan H&Q. "We're not looking at BREW 2.0 to be savior of wireless data.". On top of the industry challenges, BREW faces stiff competition from Java. Sun has claimed it dominates the market, with 20 million Java-capable handsets in circulation, versus Qualcomm, which has just one carrier using BREW. Aside from the technical upgrades, Qualcomm said it would now be selling BREW piecemeal to the wireless carriers. Carriers don't have to buy the entire package of offerings, which a carrier can use to offer scores of new services for cell phones. Qualcomm said carriers can instead buy the ability to offer only certain of the BREW applications to users.
CNET también está disponible en español, Don't show sloth party iphone case this again, Korean carrier KT Freetel and KDDI in Japan use BREW in their phones and wireless networks, and Verizon Wireless intends to launch a service in the United States in the next few weeks, Meanwhile, there are 20 million Java-capable handsets in circulation, and many carriers have committed to using the technology, including NTT DoCoMo in Japan and Sprint PCS, BREW also is behind in the race for developers to write revenue-enhancing applications, Evans Data estimates there are 500 BREW developers, many of whom are attending this week's BREW Developer Conference in San Diego, That's compared with the 200,000 developers Sun claims to have working on a version of Java for cell phones called Java2 MicroEdition..
Qualcomm has licensed content from the likes of the World Wrestling Federation and game maker Sega. Carriers would only have to sell handsets with BREW inside and pick from a catalog of content and launch a service. With Java, which works on any phone network, a carrier would still have to go elsewhere to get an application written and would have to host the application themselves. "(Java) was all over the place," said Gartner Dataquest's King. But Qualcomm has still had to acknowledge Java's domination. Last year Qualcomm announced that it had chosen IBM to provide Java for its BREW platform. The idea was to "bolt Java onto BREW," Qualcomm said, so carriers could offer both BREW and Java applications, increasing revenues for everyone involved.