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MWC · That stands for Mo­bile World Congress; it hap­pens in ear­ly spring in Barcelon­a, and it’s mam­moth; some­thing like 75,000 peo­ple show up to wheel and deal.They’re wheel­ing and deal­ing for big buck­s; the mo­bile in­dus­try is huge and for four days al­most ev­ery­one is here. I’ve got no in­side in­for­ma­tion on the na­ture of the deals the tel­cos make, with hand­set mak­ers and an­ten­na en­gi­neers and back­haul builder­s. But here’s where they make ’em; al­most ev­ery booth has “executive meet­ing rooms”, and one of the eight huge halls is noth­ing but hos­pi­tal­i­ty suites and meet­ings ...
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A or A? · When or­di­nary non-geek peo­ple find out I’m in the biz, I of­ten hear “I’m go­ing to dump the dumb­phone and get some­thing slick. Should I get an Ap­ple or an Android?” ...
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Handset Love · The press loves tablet­s. New-media the­o­rists love tablet­s. The hard­ware mak­ers love tablet­s. Tablets might be­come the de­fault “Personal Computers”. But in 2012, my heart is still with hand­set­s ...
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Data Pricing Sanity Maybe? · I’m hear­ing re­fresh­ing out­bursts of san­i­ty re­cent­ly on mobile-data pric­ing (and puz­zling­ly, grum­bling from peo­ple I nor­mal­ly agree with­). Usage-based da­ta pric­ing is in­evitable. Just be­cause the rum­blings are com­ing from phone com­pa­nies doesn’t mean they’re wrong ...
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Who Gets the Mobile Money? · The peo­ple who build the phones, the peo­ple who run the net­work­s, or the peo­ple who make mo­bile in­ter­est­ing by writ­ing the great app­s? ...
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Billions of Apps · There was some noise ear­li­er this week about An­droid Mar­ket hav­ing down­load­ed ten bil­lion apps, and (more in­ter­est­ing) the rate go­ing up to the point where it’s now a bil­lion a mon­th ...
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Piracy · I’d like to draw your at­ten­tion to The huge suc­cess of an Ap­pS­tore fail­ure by Luís Fon­se­ca of GAMEized. It’s the sad sto­ry of a mobile-game de­vel­op­er run­ning in­to the re­al­i­ty that there’s a lot of pi­rat­ed soft­ware out there. I think the ob­vi­ous con­clu­sions are wrong, most­ly ...
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Mobile Platform Count · What’s the right num­ber? Of soft­ware plat­forms I mean, for de­vices which are re­al In­ter­net cit­i­zen­s. At the mo­men­t, the vol­ume play­ers are iOS and An­droid. Mi­crosoft and HP/Palm and RIM would each like to be the third, and one of them might suc­ceed; con­ceiv­ably more than one. Would that be good? ...
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Between Stones · I’ve been en­joy­ing the re­views of the iPad 2, which seems a fine piece of work. Al­so smil­ing at the hom­i­lies on the ir­rel­e­vance and hope­less­ness of com­pet­ing prod­uct­s; a par­tic­u­lar­ly good ex­am­ple is The iPad 2 Rant ...
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Making Money in Mobile · Depend­ing how you mea­sure it, the mo­bile plat­form may al­ready be the widest path from the soft­ware de­vel­op­er to the or­di­nary per­son. It’s for sure the fastest-growing. So pre­sum­ably there’s se­ri­ous soft­ware mon­ey to be made. But how, ex­act­ly? ...
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MWC! · I mean Mo­bile World Congress 2011 in Barcelon­a, which I’m just back from ...
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Year-end View of the Mobile Market · It’s that time of year; looks back­ward and for­ward are ex­pect­ed. In point of fact this is a lousy time to be prog­nos­ti­cat­ing about the mo­bile space, be­cause we’re on­ly days from CES and weeks from MWC, both of which will have tons of an­nounce­ments, some of which might even be game-changers ...
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Phones and Soldiers · I found my­self nod­ding my head read­ing Jon Oltsik’s Ap­ple and Google Make the Depart­ment of De­fense Jump Through Hoops for Mo­bile De­vice Se­cu­ri­ty, a sto­ry that broke Thurs­day. Sum­ma­ry: US spies and sol­dier­s, just like ev­ery­one else, want to car­ry iPhones and An­droid­s. The Depart­ment of De­fense (DoD) wants them to be se­cure. But DoD is frus­trat­ed be­cause they’re hav­ing trou­ble get­ting Ap­ple and Google to pri­or­i­tize their need­s ...
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Phone Marketing · On Fri­day, in our news­pa­per there was a glossy eight-page fly­er from Bell Canada, one of Canada’s big three tele­phone com­pa­nies; it’s a very main­stream out­fit that no­body would ev­er ac­cuse of be­ing on the lead­ing or any oth­er edge. I found its con­tents in­struc­tive, and sus­pect that sim­i­lar things are show­ing up in week­end pa­pers around the world ...
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First-Person Shooter · So, I’m sit­ting with Mike Pegg here at our Google DevFest venue in Buenos Aires (by the way, in the Puer­to Madero cam­pus of the Univer­si­dad Católica Ar­genti­na, which is a love­ly place). This guy who’s at­tend­ing the event walks up to us and says in a pained voice “Damn, Ap­ple just called and told me they’d tak­en my app down. This is awful!” ...
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Nazis in a Teapot · Last Thurs­day evening Michael Garten­berg, who’s a smart an­a­lyst, and blog­ger, tweet­ed that he’d searched for “Jewish” in An­droid Mar­ket and came up with some Nazi trash. Sure enough, he was right. The mo­ron who was sell­ing a “Hitler theme” and oth­er re­lat­ed junk had used “jewish” and “jews” as key­word­s. Mind you, this crap was like five screens down, you re­al­ly had to be work­ing to see it ...
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Galaxy · That’s what Sam­sung is call­ing their An­droid phones, the lat­est wave of which is get­ting re­viewed all over the place. I’ve seen a few of ’em at An­droid HQ, and no doubt about it, they’re nice; but so are the oth­er re­cent An­droid­s. What I’m as­tound­ed by is Samsung’s mar­ket­ing vir­tu­os­i­ty; they’ve man­aged to line up ev­ery big mo­bile tele­com I’ve ev­er heard of, all over the world, to car­ry one of these de­vices. I don’t re­call ev­er see­ing any­thing like it from any hand­set mak­er. I won­der how it’s done?
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Cheap Unlocked Phones · I have an un­locked Nexus One with a pre-release of An­droid 2.2 “Froyo”, and I have a T-Mobile mo­bile da­ta plan from Google; I imag­ine that, like most big com­pa­nies, we get a pret­ty good deal on it. As of now, I’m nev­er pay­ing for In­ter­net in a ho­tel or air­port again ...
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Indie Android Interview · I was do­ing “Office Hours” at Google I/O, and this guy walked up with a ques­tion and we got to talk­ing. His name is Derek James of Poly­clef Soft­ware; he comes from a dif­fer­ent plan­et from the one this Web guy has been liv­ing in, one where Psy­chol­o­gy Ph.D. can­di­dates build ac­tu­al re­al busi­ness­es, start­ing part-time, via single-handed mobile-device pro­gram­ming. I did an email in­ter­view with him ...
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Windy · Cana­da has long been a tele­phone oligopoly: Rogers, Telus, and Bell Cana­da; Cana­di­ans gen­er­al­ly feel that prices are high and ser­vice on­ly so-so. Now we’ve got a new mo­bile play­er, Wind Mo­bile. I signed up as soon as they got to Van­cou­ver, at least in part for rea­sons of ide­ol­o­gy; com­pe­ti­tion is a good thing. So far, Wind looks like a good thing too ...
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Mobile Gold · To­day I read Rob Scoble’s lu­cid and force­ful Smart­phone com­pe­ti­tion; it clar­i­fied a grow­ing in­ter­nal buzz I’ve been feel­ing as I ex­per­i­ment with An­droid and fol­low the news. We are, right now in ear­ly 2009, slid­ing in­to the gold­en age of mo­bile tech­nol­o­gy and busi­ness ...
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