READ WRITE WEB -- Aug 1 -- According to a rather speculative report by ABI Research, location-based social networks like Brightkite, GyPSii, and Loopt could reach revenues as high as $3.3 billion by 2013. While we have little doubt that mobile social networking will be a big market in the future, today's reality is rather bleak. Most of these networks don't have many users and the chances of finding your friends on them are relatively low. Mobile social networking is only going to really grow once the big social networks like Facebook, MySpace, or Orkut, release location-aware applications for mobile devices. FULL ARTICLE @ READ WRITE WEB
PRESS RELEASE -- July 28 -- GyPSii, the geo-mobility social networking platform, has entered into a multi-year worldwide agreement with Samsung. GyPSii will provide technology, products, worldwide data centre infrastructure, and branding rights to Samsung for a range of Samsung products. GyPSii's leading mobility digital lifestyle application will be bundled on Samsung's Omnia (SGH-i900) and SGH-i780 as an embedded application. FULL ARTICLE @ MARKET WATCH
PRESS RELEASE -- June 26 -- GyPSii, the geo-location and mobile social networking provider, entered into a multi-year worldwide agreement with Garmin, the leader in satellite navigation. GyPSii will provide technology, products, worldwide data center infrastructure, development licenses, and GyPSii branding rights to Garmin, on a worldwide non-exclusive basis for a range of Garmin products. Garmin anticipates that future products will include friend finding applications that support the GyPSii-powered location-based social networking services platform. FULL ARTICLE @ REAL WIRE
Mark Brooks: This is quite momentous. LBS is coming, at last. Loopt is also getting more traction.
IDG NEWS -- June 4 -- All the major SNS have discovered the mobile phone market, but have not yet figured out what makes it special. "The mobile phone can offer services that aren't possible on a PC, after all, it's the only computer that is with you 24/7", said Lenn Pryor, VP Marketing, for services and software at Nokia. Social networks will help turn your mobile into your life recorder, according to Dan Harple, cofounder and CEO of GyPSii. With GyPsii, users can record their life using photographs, videos and audio clips on their mobile phones, and then geotag them. Last month Vodafone bought the Danish company ZYB, which is working on Social Phonebook, a service that will let users see the live location of their friends. Whrrl, allows users to discover places, movies and other events by seeing where their friends are going. Sniff, integrated into Facebook, Bebo and MySpace, lets users get the location of friends via a message. FULL ARTICLE @ PC WORLD
TMC NET -- May 14 -- GyPSii, the makers of a mobile device application, gives users faster access to Windows Mobile and allows them to invite contacts through popular e-mail and social networks such as Microsoft (News - Alert) Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, AOL, FastMail.FM, Gmail, GMX, Hotmail, Indiatimes, Mail.com, Yahoo, Facebook, Friendster, Hi5, Linkedin and MySpace. GyPSii describes its product as "a mobile lifestyle application." It can serve as a social network for communities and a home to share content with friends. FULL ARTICLE @ TMC NET
REUTERS -- Nov 23 -- Finnish handset maker GeoSentric, formerly Benefon, delivered its social networking application GyPsii to Nokia's phones. GyPsii alows users to share, view & upload pictures, video, text and POI (points of interest) with a Geo-location. Using the platform, users can see where their friends are. FULL ARTICLE @ REUTERS
RED HERRING -- Sep 10 -- GeoSentric, the European company behind GyPSii, has obtained $13.1 million in funding. In addition to regular social networking features, GyPSii software lets mobile phone users locate and navigate to nearby friends. By the end of the month, GeoSentric is set to launch a public beta of its own social network in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. FULL ARTICLE @ RED HERRING