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June 23, 2009

WeFi Launches WeFiApps, a Wi-Fi Powered App Store

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

WeFi has launched a new Wi-Fi powered app portal called WeFiApps, a mobile application store designed for data intensive apps and services.
WeFi claims that it is the creator of the world's largest community-based global Wi-Fi network and has dedicated itself to help users find, connect, and enjoy Wi-Fi anywhere around the world.

With the launch of WeFiApps, WeFi aims to modernize mobile Internet use by providing a home for data-intensive mobile applications, powered by WeFi's high-performance global Wi-Fi network. The store consists of varied groups of mobile internet applications that would otherwise tax a carrier's network to be run over the best Wi-Fi connection WeFi can locate.
According to WeFi, users can choose between various application palettes, each with a different theme. These applications include communication services such as instant-messaging, mobile e-mail and VoIP; entertainment software such as games, sports, Mobile Video and TV; information sources such as dictionaries, encyclopedias and maps, social networks, news and more.
These apps are available to the users online or on any Wi-Fi enabled Symbian (News - Alert) S60 mobile phone for free or through payment. Users can choose their desired pallet and download it to a mobile phone with a Wi-Fi app engine. Clicking the app from there will automatically connect it to Wi-Fi.
Companies like Joiku, Nimbuzz, Shape Services, NewACT (News - Alert) and HOVR have already made a deal with WeFi to add their products to the store catalog. Their products will benefit from the automatic bandwidth boosting, as well as exposure to an audience of Internet-savvy users.
WeFi states that it has made WeFiApps different from other application vendors by focusing on enabling data-intensive mobile Internet applications to be launched and automatically get connected to Wi-Fi, thus providing an unrivaled user experience and convenience.
Zur Feldman (News - Alert), CEO of WeFi, said that WeFiApps enables users to enhance their mobile Internet activities in their personal and professional lives, all the time utilizing a PC-like Internet experience over a mobile phone. It is yet another example of WeFi consistently coming up with innovative ideas for leading Wi-Fi technology forward, and raising the standard of the wireless experience.
WeFi said that as an unlicensed and generally unmanaged spectrum, urban users would find Wi-Fi networks in abundance and users also find it hard to figure which network is available and reliable. WeFi puts client-side software in devices to enable the backend server to aggregate an image of Wi-Fi coverage and transmit it back to the handset. The solution combines a community-generated database, smart connection manager and hotspot directory to locate and connect a user to a Wi-Fi access point where Internet access has already been verified by other WeFi-enabled devices.   

WeFi recently launched a version of its free software on the Android (News - Alert) mobile operating system and announced an add-on for fring (News - Alert) free VoIP software. 

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney


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