GigaOm: The WAC Dream Lives on Smart's Netphone
Smart Communications, a wireless carrier in the Philippines, today unveiled the Netphone, an Android-based smartphone that will be the first to support the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC) platform pushed by major carriers such as AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Deutsche Telekom and NTT Docomo, and is also backed by hardware manufacturers. The WAC software will be managed by Red Bend Software, independent of the manufacturer's hardware. The WAC platform will allow users to access widgets pushed directly through Red Bend. Smart and Red Bend plan to show off the Netphone and WAC widgets at Mobile World Congress next week.