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January 13, 2011 | Robert Scoble Word Lens is one of the hottest innovations I’ve seen this year for the iPhone. The app translates in real time, from English to Spanish or Spanish to English. “I made the app because I was traveling in a foreign country and I was in a bookstore and I couldn’t read anything,” says Otavio Good, founder of Quest Visual, and developer of Word Lens.
Instagram . The free app exclusive to the iPhone and iPod touch is described by its creators as the “fun & quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo, then choose a filter to transform the look and feel of the shot into a memory to keep around forever.”
Mobclix , an iPhone analytics firm and mobile ad exchange network, has released a year-end report which examines the top application trends from 2010. The report, called the "2010 App Game Changers," neatly summarizes what have been some of the most notable developments in mobile over the course of the year. According to Mobclix ( full report here ), mobile apps have impacted a wide range of industries from advertising to gaming over the course of 2010, have become a part of our daily life and, per IDC analysts, will increase to nearly 76.9 billion downloads by 2014. Citing both its internal research, and the research put out by other analyst firms, Mobclix has boiled down the many changes in mobile, specifically in the mobile application industry, in an easy to digest format by way of its year-end report. Here's what they found, summarized below along with some additional comments from us.