Kineto launches smart WiFi app for Android 2.2

Kineto Wireless, supplier of solutions that enable delivery of mobile services over broadband, has announced it has an updated version of its Smart WiFi Application for Google’s Android operating system version 2.2, also called Froyo.

Kineto’s Smart WiFi Application, based on the 3GPP UMA/GAN standard, turns existing WiFi access points into seamless extensions of the mobile network. Using the app, subscribers can now resolve indoor mobile coverage problems by receiving their voice and data services over existing WiFi access points.

“Smartphones have highlighted the coverage and capacity challenges of mobile networks, especially in indoor locations. Operators have started to look to WiFi, already installed in many homes and offices, to address these issues,” said Mark Powell, vice president and general manager of Kineto’s client business unit and co-founder of the company. “To capitalise on this growing demand, we have now enhanced our Smart WiFi Application to support the latest version of Android and validated it with the leading Android smartphone manufacturers.”

Kineto’s app is designed for mobile operators to address the network coverage and capacity issues created by the growing popularity of smartphones and subscriber demand for bandwidth intensive applications and services. The company works with device manufacturers and mobile operators to pre-load the application onto devices.

Wi-Fi continues to be the predominant wireless technology in the home. A study conducted by Arbitron earlier this year found that 62% of US broadband connected households already had WiFi installed.

Market research firm, In-Stat, projects that by 2013, shipments of mobile phones with embedded WiFi will exceed three quarter of a billion units. Kineto’s Smart WiFi Application enables mobile operators to extract the maximum benefit from WiFi for their networks and their subscribers.