India’s biggest contribution to the iPhone comes from Geodesic Information Systems, a company located in Andheri, a Mumbai suburb. Geodesic has developed an instant messenger called Mundu, much like a Yahoo messenger, which can help iPhone users chat.
This is the only software that iPhone has deployed from Asia, according to industry watchers. “The iPhone does not include a native instant messaging client and we are the only company to offer it,” said Kiran Kulkarni, managing director of Geodesic.
The opportunity in the US for specialised software that can interoperate between different messengers, Internet radio and other services is opening up the doors for companies like Geodesic. Users in the US can download Mundu for $11.
Apple is yet to launch the iPhone in India and, according to CEO Steve Jobs, the company will enter India in 2008.
With Google entering the mobile fray accessing the Internet on mobile phones is the next big frontier that companies like Apple and Google as well as application makers like Geodesic are eying.
Apart from iPhone, Geodesic has tied up with handset manufacturer Sony Ericsson, which will bundle this software on all Walkman and K-series mobile phones. A month ago, the company entered into tie-ups with other smart phone makers like Palm, Motorola and HTC.
Geodesic has developed an interoperable messenger that can, through a single interface, connect with your friends in different messengers
like Yahoo, Google, MSN and AOL.
Accessing the Internet on mobile phones is catching on in the US and users are hooked to instant messaging, in contrast with text messaging in India,” said Kulkarni. According to company executives, Mundu has 230 million downloads till date.
The company through Mundu is also now looking at offering Internet radio on mobile phones through tie-ups with telecom operators like Idea Cellular. For developing this customised version, Geodesic has tied up with radioIO, a website that streams popular music to computers and mobile phones. “With this 17 million users of Idea Cellular will be able to chat on the move,” said Kulkarni. He added that this would be rolled out in a year.