Zi Corporation’s Qix Tops the Charts with Music Search
May 30, 2006
Unique Feature to be Sweet Music for ARPU Hungry Operators
CALGARY, AB, - Zi Corporation (Nasdaq: ZICA) (TSX: ZIC), a leading provider of intelligent interface solutions, today announced that its Qix™ on-device search and discovery engine now includes unique music search capabilities designed to increase ARPU (average revenue per user) for operators. This advanced version of Qix will be unveiled at the PMN Mobile User Experience (MEX) conference today in London.
Following its launch last year and a highly successful Virgin Mobile UK trial which revealed improved ARPU results, Qix can now find music files. With the ever increasing popularity of mobile music downloads worldwide, Frost and Sullivan expect mobile music revenues to reach around $725 million by 2009. The introduction of successful music-centric mobile phones, such as the Sony Walkman line, is an example of devices addressing the market.
With only a few key presses from the dialing screen, users can search for music with Qix by a specific song title such as Staying Alive or Sweetest Thing, by artist’s name such as Robbie Williams or Ray Charles, or by user created play lists such as DanceTrax. Qix encourages greater ARPU by significantly reducing the number of key presses needed to access a phone’s full set of features, thereby enhancing the user experience for the subscriber and driving service usage and adoption. Qix uses real time, intelligent indexing and predictive technologies that enable search immediately upon pressing a key.
“Qix has proven to reduce the navigation effort required by users thus enhancing the users’ access and appetite for downloading content. The boom in music downloads is a prime example of this vast market potential and we are tremendously excited by what Qix can now offer to users and their revenue hungry service providers - the network operators,” commented Milos Djokovic, President and Chief Executive Officer of Zi Corporation.
The MEX event, where Zi will be premiering this advanced version of Qix, brings together the brightest minds in mobile telecoms, media and design for two days of creative thinking, debate and networking. MEX will be held at one of London’s architectural landmarks, The Great Eastern Hotel, from May 31 - June 1, 2006.
A key agenda theme of the event will be usage of mobile data services and how usage can be increased by new input and interface technologies, an area where Zi’s expertise is already well known. Jacques LaPointe, Director of Product Management at Zi Corporation, will speak in the session entitled Interacting with the real world at 11:00 AM on the second day of the event.
The full agenda and conference details can be viewed at www.pmn.co.uk/mex.
Qix is a compelling new on-device search and discovery engine that sits on top of user-platform environments and operating systems. Qix provides a quick and easy method for accessing a phone’s full set of features, applications and services without having to remember where and how to find them via a phone’s built-in menu structure. Qix intuitively accesses a phone’s features directly from the idle/dialing screen using the standard keypad. Visit www.zicorp.com/qix for more product information.
About Zi Corporation
Zi Corporation (www.zicorp.com) is a technology company that delivers intelligent interface solutions to enhance the user experience of wireless and consumer technologies. The company provides device manufacturers and network operators with a full range of intuitive and easy-to-use input solutions, including: eZiText® for one-touch predictive text entry; eZiTap™ for intelligent multi-tap entry; eZiType™ for keyboard prediction with auto-correction; Decuma® for predictive pen-input handwriting recognition; and the Qix service discovery engine to enhance the user experience and drive service usage and adoption. Zi’s product portfolio dramatically improves the usability of mobile phones, PDAs, gaming devices and set-top boxes and the applications on them including SMS, MMS, e-mail and Internet browsing. Zi supports its strategic partners and customers from offices in Asia, Europe and North America. A publicly traded company, Zi Corporation is listed on the Nasdaq National Market (ZICA) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ZIC).
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