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Our rundown of mobile news to start your day. Today: Apple’s supposed plan to develop an iPhone for China’s LTE standard; We7 launches a radio app; Nokia (NYSE: NOK) sells off the commercial licensing rights to Qt to Finnish company Digia.
— Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) in China: It’s not too far-fetched to bet that Apple will be developing an LTE-friendly version of the iPhone at some point in the near future; but apparently that new device might also work on different flavors of the 4G standard. According to a report in Reuters, the chairman of China Mobile, Wang Jianzhou, said that no less than Steve Jobs himself “expressed interest” in developing an iPhone that will work on the TD-LTE standard.
TD-LTE is the version of LTE that is being developed by China Mobile for its 4G network in the country although unlike China’s 3G standard, TD-SCDMA, it may potentially get used elsewhere. TD-LTE uses the same chipset as LTE but runs on a different spectrum band and has a single channel for uplink and downlink, according to this article.
— We7: The UK cloud-based music startup partly backed by Peter Gabriel today is launching its Radio app for Android devices. This is the company’s latest step in extending its service from single-track purchases into radio streaming: last week it announced a partnership with Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO), the IAB and others to develop a cloud radio service codenamed Apollo.
The mobile service, positioned as a free app, will let users choose from pre-defined radio stations, or let users set their own parameters. The app uses a caching system to stream the music regardless of a user’s current connection. Listeners will also have the option to pay £9.99 per month for an on-demand service. We7 expects an iPhone version of the app to be available in April. BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 are also expected later in the year.
— Nokia and Qt: More shifting around of focus at Nokia, on the back of its landmark decision to use Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system as its primary smartphone platform. Today, it was announced that Nokia is selling the commercial licensing part of Qt, the cross-platform application framework used for developing application software, to Finnish mobile solutions provider Digia. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Nokia says it will continue to invest in the development of Qt. Digia, meanwhile, will take over the management and servicing for 3,500 desktop and embedded customer companies, and will look to grow the number of licensees by introducing new services and features to the framework.
Today Qt is used in a number of places including Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Earth, Adobe (NSDQ: ADBE) Photoshop Album, the European Space Agency, Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) Animation Studio and Skype.