Rumors are swirling that tomorrow Verizon will announce the availability of the iPhone to its customers. Currently, AT&T is the only mobile carrier in the US that offers the iPhone.
AT&T's iPhone exclusive has been a financial blessing for AT&T, but for some consumers, it has been less-than-desirable, as AT&T has battled high-profile data outages that have left iPhone customers disconnected.
Google's Android operating system may be a prominent fixture in the mobile world, but when looking at the app economy within it, Android is having a hard time competing with Apple and iOS.
One big reason: Android Market, Google's online marketplace for Android applications.
Google may be activating 300,000 new Android devices every day, but when it comes to the mobile platform with the best application ecosystem, it's hard to beat Apple and iOS.
The Mountain View-based company, however, is hoping to change that, and last week announced a major update to its Android Market client. Here's the update's good, the bad, and ugly.
Google’s Android has already overtaken Apple’s iOS in terms of
smartphone marketshare, and the onslaught shows no sign of stopping. The
company launched Gingerbread, the latest version of its mobile
operating system (OS) today, along with a new co-branded phone: the
The launch strategy behind Gingerbread and the Nexus S reveals how thinking about mobile devices (and how to sell them) is evolving at the Googleplex.
Launch an iPhone app and you can definitely reach the tastemakers.
Launch an Android app, however, and you’ll ultimately be able to connect
with the masses. At least, that’s what new smartphone marketshare data
from technology research firm Canalys suggests.
While plenty of retailers have released mobile commerce apps, and some of them are excellent, I think the future lies with creating mobile websites, and this should be the first step into mobile commerce.
This doesn't mean that apps don't have their place, but retailers should look to mobile commerce sites before they create an app. This is the approach taken by both M&S and John Lewis, and it makes sense for other retailers.
Here are ten reasons to opt for the mobile web as a first step...
While there are some excellent mobile websites and apps, there are still plenty that fail to provide a good experience for mobile users, the Zara iPhone app being just one example of this.
I've gathered together seven excellent presentations from Slideshare on the subject of mobile usability...
If you work in technology or digital marketing, you probably take it for granted that mobile apps are a mainstream phenomenon. But is that really the case? Sort of, according to a new Pew Internet telephone survey.
According to the survey, 35% of adults in the United States have applications on their phone. That's a fairly big number.
Apple may appear to be on top of the mobile world thanks to the iPhone
and iPad. But according to analysts at Gartner, Apple iOS market share
will peak at 17.1% in 2011 and drop to 14.9% by 2014.
At the same time, Android, which had just under 4% of
the mobile OS market in 2009, will rise significantly this year to become the
leading mobile operating system in North America. By 2014, Gartner
believes Android will be just about neck and neck globally with Nokia's
Symbian OS. Combined, Android and Symbian will have control of
approximately 60% of the mobile OS market in 2014, leaving Apple and iOS
in the dust.
When Apple released the iPad earlier this year, there was a lot of discussion and debate about the fate of tablet devices. Was there a need for them? Did consumers really want them? Where in the computing food chain might they fit in?
Months later, Apple has sold millions iPads, confirming at a minimum that there is a market for tablet devices. But it's still not clear what impact they'll have on computing over the long-term.