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About Omnifone

Omnifone was an independent provider of cloud-based unlimited music services to consumer electronics vendors, mobile carriers, Internet service providers and consumer brands.

Omnifone Headquarter Location

London, England,

United Kingdom

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Omnifone Patents

Omnifone has filed 13 patents.

The 3 most popular patent topics include:

  • Channel access methods
  • GPS navigation devices
  • Vodafone
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5/8/2018

1/5/2021

Wireless networking, GPS navigation devices, Vodafone, Channel access methods, Online music stores

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Application Date

5/8/2018

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1/5/2021

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Wireless networking, GPS navigation devices, Vodafone, Channel access methods, Online music stores

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Latest Omnifone News

Apple picked up expertise, tech from defunct music startup Omnifone in August

Nov 8, 2016

0 ViewsNovember 07, 2016 No Comments Mobile GN Because the race continues to choose up extra subscribers for streaming music providers, TechCrunch has discovered that one of probably the most distinguished gamers within the area quietly picked up some expertise and tech to advance its place. Apple employed at the least 16 staff and bought choose know-how from Omnifone, an early participant in streaming music providers that filed for chapter this summer time. The information emerged as Omnifone’s unique founder, Rob Lewis (who was now not with Omnifone in its last years), prepares for his newest streaming music enterprise, Electric Jukebox , to launch its first product this week: a music participant that plugs into your TV, and a controller that appears somewhat like a microphone. To be clear, Omnifone is not a full acquisition, and it does not advantage Apple’s normal affirmation. (That affirmation often goes like this: “Apple buys smaller know-how corporations sometimes, and we usually don’t talk about our objective or plans.”) There was truly hypothesis that Apple “ bought out ” or “ likely acquired ” key belongings from Omnifone in July of this 12 months, after a report from Omnifone’s bankruptcy administrators famous that it had discovered a purchaser for elements of the corporate for $10 million. The rumor on the time was that purchaser was Apple. These acquisition studies, nonetheless, have been discredited fairly swiftly . However quick ahead only one month later, and it appears like at the least elements of it was true. About 16 of Omnifone’s London-based  employees on LinkedIn all modified their employer to Apple, and a supply tells us that in actual fact there was some know-how picked up alongside the expertise seize. It looks as if a logical conclusion that Apple would make the hires and purchase the tech from a music startup to work on Apple Music-related providers. Music is a reasonably new line of enterprise for iPhone maker Apple, however it’s taking over extra prominence as the corporate pushes into new income streams to offset slowing smartphone progress. Within the final quarter, Apple famous that providers revenues collectively have been up 24 p.c to $6.three billion from $5 billion a 12 months earlier than. Whereas Apple didn’t get away Music revenues, it famous that these have been up 22 p.c. In different phrases, they grew barely slower than providers total — one motive why Apple could also be methods of enhancing that with new expertise and tech. The listing of staff that made the transfer from Omnifone to Apple contains engineers engaged on iTunes and apps, amongst different roles. Nevertheless it’s not clear what know-how Apple may need picked up and which patents it’d embrace, if any. Omnifone has over 50 patents registered to it, protecting areas like digital media identification, streaming and downloading. A supply claims that a number of the tech has additionally discovered its means into Apple Music and iTunes, though Apple declined to touch upon any specifics after we requested. Omnifone, based in 2003 in London, was one of many first corporations to attempt to construct a enterprise round limitless music streaming providers for cellular gadgets — a transfer that was forward of its time, coming because it did years earlier than Apple and Android smartphones modified the entire market and when cellular networks have been nonetheless painfully sluggish. At its excessive level, Omnifone had international offers with labels and snagged quite a few massive corporations as shoppers. Amongst them have been handset makers like Samsung, BlackBerry and Sony Ericsson (later simply Sony), in addition to massive cellular operators who all needed “sticky” music providers to draw extra prospects, however lacked the experience or trade connections to construct these themselves. Over time, although, these corporations backed away from their ambitions, leading to enterprise losses for Omnifone that it by no means managed to offset with different actions. In the meantime, newer, single manufacturers like Spotify emerged as cross-platform leaders within the house — leaving white label supplier Omnifone unable to pay its payments and to run up big money owed. Apple has made quite a few acquisitions to construct out Apple Music. They’ve included Lala , Swell , Beats and MusicMetric . Featured Picture: Jade Palmer / Flickr UNDER A CC BY 2.0 LICENSE Related articles

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