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Mobile Computing, Social Networking and Cloud Computing have been driving tech industry for 2010 and will likely continue to be the driver for this year. What differences, if any, will be felt in evolution of these trends this year. Here are some of my opinions and I sure would like to hear yours on these topics. Part-I of this blog deals with Mobile issues while Part-II will deal with Social Networking issues while Part-III will deal with Cloud Computing.
Mobile Computing Trends
The three big trends in Mobile Computing are:
- Android and Mobile Phones
- Tablets and iPad
- Apps Apps
Android and Mobile Phones
Android was the big news of 2010 and will continue its march into mobile dominance. However, as Android moves more into the mainstream, battery life, fragmentation, usability and app store issues will come in its way of total domination. Apple will innovate again this time improving speech interface and competing with Google on replacing our remotes, wallets and keys with mobile phone. In the mobile industry, the dominance for No.3 spot will be fought hard between Microsoft, Nokia and RIM. Who do you think will be the winner in the end?
Tablets and iPad
Tablet was the big news of 2010 but competition to iPad only arrives this year. Android may take the second spot and battle for third spot will be fought between HP’s Palmtop, RIM’s Playbook and a player we don’t know about yet? Having used iPad for the last few months, I think Tablets have the potential to replace laptops for many users. What are your experiences?
Apps was the big news of 2010 with limited monetization but new business models will emerge making monetization easier. HTML5 will become viable for many content applications and start to become the trend of 2011. In fact, that is the only way Microsoft, Nokia and RIM can neutralize some of the momentum of Android and iOS applications. You can see over 70 conversations on Linkedin at http://linkd.in/h7hhr5 about this topic
Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS will continue its dominance for mobile phone and tablets but battle for No.3 spot will be fought between HP, Microsoft, Nokia and RIM.
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Posted in 3G, 3G networks, 3G technology, App Store, apple iphone, blackberry, iphone, mobile application developers, mobile phone applications, Mobile VAS, nokia, r. paul singh, smart phone, tagged android, App Store, apple, blackberry, discovery of mobile applications, distribution of mobile applications, iphone, microsoft, Mobile VAS, mwc 2009, nokia, rimm, Samsung, symbian, windows mobile on February 19, 2009 |
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One of the significant news from MWC 2009 (mobile world congress) was the culmination of rumors with official announcements of app stores. Now we have a long list of Application Stores including:
Why is this significant for the Mobile VAS (mobile value added services) market?
Until now, Mobile markets have suffered from 3Ds:
- Dollars or whatever Currency you prefer
Theses announcements solve two of the problems - that of Distribution and Dollars.
With smartphone sales estimated at over 60M units in 2008, it is clear that software developers only working on smartphone now have access to a large market. Should VAS developers even bother with lower-end phones? We will tackle this in a later blog.
How did we reach the 60M units number – based on many articles and estimates with the best one from Eric Zeman at Information Week. Here is the breakdown which may cause many arguments and surprise many:
- Apple shipped 14M in 2008
- Microsoft shipped 20M in 2008 – yes more than Apple
- Nokia shipped 18M in 2008 with N and E-Series counted as smartphone
- RIMM shipped close to 14M in 2008 of Blackberry Curve and up
With an average price of $20 per application/application pack for the life of smartphone, there is room for many $100M software companies in the mobile VAS space with focus only on smartphone. No need to have large expensive sales forces calling on many mobile operators worldwide as distribution is now possible from the app stores which in most cases give 70% of the revenue to software developers rather than 20-50% which operators are giving to the software developers. So what does this mean for Mobile Operators – relegation to being a dumb pipe or? Of course, it is different for different geographies – we will tackle that in a later blog.
Now comes the third problem something that has plagued most application stores including that of facebook, myspace and hi5. Yes that is the problem of discovery and this is where virality, usefulness and marketing becomes ever more important. We will tackle this in the next blog.
R. Paul Singh
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