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By Scott Jenson - September 24, 2011
In many ways mobile technologies are derivative of their desktop brethren. Your iPhone’s e-mail app is like the e-mail client on your desktop, for example. The mobile world is the desktop world in miniature, a “lite” version. But the mobile world is no longer just following; it’s leading. PC sales are sagging, while sales of mobile devices—smart phones and tablets—are on the rise.
The Verizon iPhone just zoomed past the 1 million devices-sold mark , and according to Verizon CFO Fran Shammo, the "launch has gone flawlessly." "Right now, so far, we're very pleased with the results," he said. Shammo, who talked to investors Tuesday morning at Morgan Stanley's technology telecom conference, spoke mainly about the iPhone 4, but was also asked about Droid penetration, AT&T, and the possibility of a low-end iPhone. With regard to its relationship with Apple, one analyst wondered whether Verizon might fall into the same "trap" as AT&T and become known only for its iPhone. Shammo was adamant that while the carrier had a "very good" and "long-term" relationship with Apple, that the company is far from becoming too reliant on the popular smartphone device.
When Stephen Elop said that Nokia and Microsoft sought to create a “three horse race” he implied that there were only two viable mobile ecosystems today. With that statement he sought to deprecate or declare “end of life” two platforms: Symbian and MeeGo, implying that Nokia’s efforts at being the third way failed. However, he also implicitly declared irrelevant a larger set of market participants.
Android has overtaken Symbian to become the number one mobile operating system – a feat never achieved by Apple iOS – and now the new Honeycomb release should enable Google's platform to eat into the iPad's tablet market share too. With Nokia reportedly mulling a change in OS strategy ahead of its analyst day next week, and RIM considering allowing Android on its PlayBook device, is it really conceivable that Google will gain the kind of dominance of the mobile platform that Windows had on the PC? Nokia to back Android?
The Android platform has finally taken the lead in smartphone market share, leaving Nokia, Apple and RIM in the dust. That's according to analytics firm Canalys, which tracked worldwide smartphone shipments throughout 2010 and just published its numbers for the fourth quarter of the year. The firm says that 32.9 million Android devices shipped worldwide during the fourth quarter 2010, compared to the previous leader (Nokia's Symbian platform) at 31.0 million.
How big a business are mobile apps? In a new report, market research firm Gartner forecasts that global mobile app store revenues will triple from $5.2 billion last year to $15 billion in 2011, and keep growing to an astounding $58 billion by 2014. As with any forecast of a hypergrowth market, you can be sure this one will change in six months, and the further out you go the more guesswork involved.
The mobile application marketplace will reach $25 billion by 2015, according to a new report from World Mobile Applications Market, a U.S.-based market research firm. It's yet another confirmation of the huge worldwide trend that is the proliferation of app stores. The mobile app market was $6.8 billion this year, the reports says, but will grow steadily over the next four years to reach $25 billion. And out of that $25 billion, Apple's App Store will account for 20.5% of total revenues.
Steady improvements in performance are a given in the computing industry, but sometimes there’s a big leap forward. One occurred in the world of mobile computing last week, when the first smart phones and tablet computers with dual-core processors were unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The show-stealing Xoom tablet from Motorola, and also phones and tablets from Acer, HTC, and LG, all debuted with a new dual-core processor made by chip maker Nvidia.
Insanely Popular Companies have introduced tablet computers before, but the technology never took off until 2010, with Apple’s launch of its iPad in April ( Review: Apple’s iPad ). The device runs the operating system that Apple uses for its smart phones but has much more computing power. It’s lighter than a laptop and less capable, but consumers love it all the same. The technology research firm ABI Research has predicted that Apple would sell up to 12 million of the devices by year’s end.
Sometimes the guys in our office like to get in stupid fights about phones. Yeah I know they do it on the blog, but they also do it in private as well times 1000. It is essentially the song that never ends, with Mike Arrington and Jason Kincaid erring on the side of Android and MG well, sigh.
Rogers Communications, a Canadian cable television and wireless communications provider, said on Friday it will allow customers to share existing mobile broadband plans between devices for a $15 monthly fee . This differs from a tethering or hotspot plan because it’s actually a bill-sharing function: customers can add a secondary 3G-enabled device without purchasing a separate and more expensive full data plan for it.
Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK) new Chief Executive Steven Elop was hired in September to lead a turnaround of the struggling cellphone maker whose market value has eroded by $61 billion.
Back in October, after the official launch of Windows Phone 7, I wrote up some initial thoughts after having played with a few prototype devices in the months leading up to the launch. Many seemed surprised by my mostly positive reactions.
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