Blog Post

Mobile Content Bits: Muse/Warner, AOL/FanHouse, Vodafone/Qik, Guardian

Stay on Top of Emerging Technology Trends

Get updates impacting your industry from our GigaOm Research Community
Join the Community!

Muse: Another band joining the app bandwagon: Muse is now offering fans an app on Apple’s App Store with music, a video archive, tour info, and access to the band’s fan forum. It also offers an aggregation feature for the most dedicated, collecting all Muse-related posts from sites like Twitter, Delicious, fan sites and muse.mu; and an integrated camera feature for fans to share geo-tagged images from Muse’s current tour. It’s selling for £1.79 ($2.76).

AOL/FanHouse: One more iPhone app tapping into the nexus of sports/drinking/socialising. FanHouse’s UK app (there is also a U.S. version covering American teams) lets users keep up with news for their favorite Premier League football teams, and linking up with other like-minded fans, with content sourced from the FanHouse website as well as sites like Facebook. On game days, a user can set his/her location at home, the pub, or the stadium, and then find corresponding information such as food and drink options (including home food delivery), transport links and venue information if you’re at the game itself.The FanHouse app is ad-free and is downloadable from iTunes or the Fanhouse site at no charge.

Vodafone/Qik: The mobile video streaming company has inked a distribution deal with Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) in the UK. Users can send a free text to 97886 (message: Qik) to get the relevant app for their devices (it’s available for iPhone, BlackBerry and Nokia (NYSE: NOK) handsets, among others). Users can then record videos and post them to YouTube, Facebook or Twitter; send them as video messages; or upload them to other sites like WordPress, Tumblr and Blogger. (Vodafone UK’s snappy video on YouTube describing the service is here.)

Guardian: The publisher is reporting that its iPhone/iPod Touch app has been downloaded 101,457 times between its launch on December 14, 2009 and February 21, 2010, compared to around 69,000 downloads as of mid-January. The publisher also says the app has been shortlisted for a British Press Award. The app retails for £2.39 (and $3.99 in the U.S.).

Disclosure: Our publisher ContentNext is a wholly owned subsidiary of Guardian News & Media