Mobile design stalwarts Little Springs Design have this week's installment of the Carnival of the Mobilists up at their site, so be sure to check it out for the week's best mobile blogging. This edition features topics such as mobile advertising, app stores, open source in mobile, the future of devices and more.
It's time for another installment of the Carnival of the Mobilists, this time hosted right here on the WIP blog. A big thanks to all the mobilists who sent in their posts this week, and a big welcome to everybody visiting our site for the first time. After you're done checking out the week's best blogging about mobile, be sure to take a look at our Events Wiki, a comprehensive listing of mobile events and conferences, as well as our App Store Wiki, the most complete listing of mobile app stores -- currently tracking 84 -- on the web.
But let's get on with the Carnival!
Windows Phone 7, the latest work from Microsoft, was a popular topic this week, with both Terence Eden and Tam Hanna taking it on. Terence has a solid list of pros and cons about the new OS, with quite a few problems but a lot he likes about it as well, while Tam features an interview with a Microsoft evangelist for the corporate line on what to expect from WP7. Another emerging technology that's been getting a...
Steve Litchfield has this week's installment of the Carnival of the Mobilists up at his Phones Show site, so be sure to check it out for the week's top mobile blog posts, including Caroline's recap of her NGMN presentation on developer risk. Check back in with us on Monday, when we'll be hosting the next edition!
Thibaut and I were in Berlin a few weeks back for a Jam Session at the Messe there, running alongside IT-Profits and LinuxTag. Despite the sweltering heat and a greenhouse of a building, it was a day full of great discussions. We had a smaller crowd than at many of our events at major mobile-industry events, but the quality of discussion enabled by its intimate size made up for it! Big thanks to our sponsors, Intel and GetJar, and to our friends at IT-Profits for helping with logistics.
We kicked the day off with a brief recap of some of the latest news from Apple's WWDC and Google I/O. The crowd seemed less interested in the previous day's announcement of the iPhone 4, and more interested in the news from Google -- perhaps explained by the strong open-source influence of LinuxTag and the enthusiasm for open source in Germany overall. One major point that generated some discussion was the expansion of the Android platform into the Google TV set-top box, and the resultant ability...
The Android appstore competition v1 (follow up)
A quick summary of this first round was "no public vote winner" , the mark of a slight disappointment with the offering...But a great learning experience for all. Interestingly enough Sony Ericsson Playnow who were the only one not to have published the app have since "shut down" submissions to the appstore while they're fixing their processes! Not an easy job, so good luck to the team!
The Android appstore competition v2 - The process
For this second round, the principles was similar as for the first round at Droidcon Berlin:
WIP was represented at CommunicAsia in Singapore this year by Teresa and I, from June 14th to 18th. My favorite things about Singapore - the food of course (pepper chili crab the new favorite) and the great energy of the people. Whereas in Vancouver we have two types of high rises - those with green glass, or those with blue glass (quite boring); Singapore is much much more interesting. Take a look at the picture of this new building in Singapore, a combined hotel, casino and botanical gardens - ready to beat the next tsunami! CommunicAsia is moving to this location next year!
We started the week attending a series of events hosted by the Canadian High Commission in Singapore, who always does a nice job of supporting Canadian companies. For a change this year, we did site visits, one to SingTel and the other to StarHub.
Interesting in the different approaches of the two companies, SingTel being very aggressively international with interests in the following operators for...
I had the pleasure of being asked to speak again to the NGMN Industry Conference, this one was held in Shanghai from June 2-4, 2010 at the Shanghai World Financial Center. The last conference was held in June of 2008 in Frankfurt. Both times I was asked to bring the developer perspective.
For those who don't know, the NGMN or Next Generation in Mobile Networks is one of the most significant organizations in our industry. Their mission is to: to complement and support the work within standardisation bodies by providing a coherent view of what the operator community is going to require in the decade beyond 2010. It is a C-suite group that decided that LTE IS the next generation mobile network the industry will use. I am always flattered to get the opportunity to present to this group, which also included presentations by the likes of Jianzhou Wang, Chairman and CEO, China Mobile. I am also impressed that they have made the effort to think about the developer perspective at...
The July edition of the WIP App Store Report is now available for download. Based on data from the WIP App Store Wiki, the report this month takes a look at the growth over time of the number of app stores in the mobile ecosystem. The wiki now tracks 79 app stores; while that's up just 2 from June, it brings the total number of stores launched during the first half of the year to 36. So can we expect the number of launches to continue to grow so rapidly? Check out the report to find out our predictions.
Caroline and I were in San Diego last week for Qualcomm's Uplinq developer conference, where we were invited to present one of our WIPJam unpanels on Thursday. A big thanks to Qualcomm for inviting us, and to the company's CEO, Paul Jacobs, who gave us a nice plug during the keynote session that morning! Uplinq itself was great and packed with a lot of interesting people and good conversations, but more on that later. Our unpanel drew a good crowd, but more importantly, a spirited and wide-ranging discussion.
As we were in San Diego, and since Caroline was working on Canada Day, we went with a beach theme. Caroline and yours truly were decked out in some stunning Hawaiian shirts and flip-flops, and our unpanelists and a few members of the crowd got the memo and dressed along with us as well. We also need to recognize the efforts of our unpanelists, who did an excellent job of not just talking to the audience, but talking with them and keeping the conversation going. So thanks to:...
UPLINQ is the QUALCOMM conference held right now in San Diego where Carlo and Caroline are getting ready for the WIPJam session!!
If you're not there you can do like me and watch the videos http://www.uplinq.com/press/video.htm or follow on twitter #uplinq #wipjam .