SAN MATEO, Calif., May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Monsoon Multimedia, a leading provider of video convergence products, today announced it has partnered with I-O DATA DEVICE, INC. to distribute its Vulkano line of devices in Japan. Monsoon and I-O DATA will provide Japanese consumers with the ability to enjoy their home television experience on their smartphones, computers and tablets from anywhere in the world.
"Consumers today want to access their entertainment content anytime and anywhere and we are committed to providing that experience across the globe, and are thrilled to expand into Japan," said Colin Stiles, EVP Sales and Marketing at Monsoon. "For customers in many countries, no other solution enables them - for a one time purchase - to watch their TV on their iPad, iPhones, Android, BlackBerry, PC, Mac or TV wherever they are."
Smartphones are the fastest growing consumer products in Japan and Asia. The worldwide mobile phone market grew over 14 percent in the third quarter of 2010, the fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth, driven in part by the fast-growing converged mobile device category. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped 340 million units in the third quarter of 2010 compared to 297 million units in the same quarter the prior year.
"We have been working with the team at Monsoon Multimedia for years and are continuously impressed with the caliber of technology and the high level of innovation they continue to develop for consumers," said Akio Hosono, Founder and President of I-O DATA DEVICE. "The Vulkano is an incredible product, offering our customers in Japan the opportunity to view and enjoy their TV content anywhere."
Pricing and Availability
Vulkano Flow is available at retail stores worldwide. It is also available immediately for US customers at Fry's Electronics, Amazon, NewEgg and other leading retailers or through www.myvulkano.com. For Japanese customers, it is available at I-O DATA's website www.iodata.com.
About I-O DATA DEVICE, INC.
I-O DATA DEVICE, INC. is a top-tier manufacturer and provider of high-quality computer peripherals and interface products to the global consumer and OEM markets. Founded in 1976, by Mr. Akio Hosono, I-O DATA has received recognition as Japan's undisputed market leader within the PC Peripheral industry. I-O DATA is not only a manufacturer of such devices, but handles the design, development, production of the products. I-O DATA DEVICE, INC. is located at 3-10, Sakurada-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, 920-8512, Japan. For more information please visit: www.iodata.com.
About Monsoon Multimedia
Monsoon Multimedia provides advanced, standards-based multimedia products and convergence technologies for the PC, Mac, iPad and major smartphones. Founded by the founders of Dazzle and Emuzed, the company has offices in California, India, Russia and Singapore. For more information, please visit www.monsoonmultimedia.com.
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