Mobile News Round Up

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A rundown of Mobile news from November 2010 presented by Matthew Macgregor at the Mobile St. Cloud User Group.

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  1. 1. Mobile News Roundup November 2010
  2. 2. IBM’s 2010 Tech Trends Survey • Mobile development will surpass development on all other computing platforms by 2015 • 63% of developers indicated their skills and knowledge are lacking in mobile • “We know mobile is important, but the implication now is that developers might not have the right skills to go about developing for the iPad, iPhone and Android.” --Mark Hanny, VP IBM
  3. 3. Apple Soars • Apps surpass 300,000 in App Store • 1,000 new apps per day • 206,000 of them costing money • 94,000 are free downloads • Stock price hits high in October ( $318 / share ) • Apple's iPad is the most quickly adopted non-phone electronic device ever ( Bernstein Research ) • Faster adoption rates than DVD player • iPad selling about 4.5 million units per quarter
  4. 4. Apple Deprecates Java • Apple will stop supporting Java on OSX • Oracle has not yet announced if they will take over support • Is Apple continuing to reduce dependence on external technologies? • Further divide developers: Android vs. iOS? http://www.sdtimes.com/link/34829
  5. 5. Laptops, Netbooks Lag • iPad impacting netbook, laptop sales • U.S. laptop sales rose 12.3% in the first eight months of 2010 • Dramatically less than the 30% laptop growth LY • Laptop sales also dropped 1% during BTS • 14% of U.S. online customers plan to buy a tablet computer within the next 12 months • 13% planning to buy a laptop • 11% planning to buy an e-book reader • 8% planning to buy a netbook • 8% planning to buy a desktop computer http://www.pcworld.com/article/207078/ipad_tablets_cannibalizing_laptop_netbook_sales.html
  6. 6. Android Skyrockets • Android expected to see huge growth • +561% from a year ago • 55 million units in 2010 • 100,000+ apps in Android Marketplace http://phandroid.com/2010/08/17/forecast-561-growth-for-android-shipments-in-2010/
  7. 7. Lawyer Up
  8. 8. Oracle vs. Google • In August, Oracle filed suit over Java patents regarding mobile technology • Project Harmony and Android disputed • October: Google asks court to find patents invalid • What does this mean for Android? What are Oracle’s plans in mobile? “Java ME is the most widely deployed mobile application platform shipping on over 8 out of 10 handsets -- an installed base of over 2 billion devices.” Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703843804575534233143802558.html
  9. 9. Microsoft vs. Motorola • 10/1: Microsoft sues Motorola over 9 patent violations for Android phones • Patents include: synchronizing email, calendars and contacts, scheduling meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power. • Timed for launch of Windows Phone 7 http://siliconangle.com/blog/2010/10/01/microsoft-taking-motorola-to-mobile-court-patent-infringement-on-android-phones/
  10. 10. • Apple vs. Nokia • Motorola vs. Apple ( 10/7 ) • Apple vs. Motorola ( 11/1 ) • Gemalto vs. Android (10/25) • Apple + Gemalto in partnership? (10/27) Patent Wars
  11. 11. What Does It Mean? • Android is free, but what about the lawyers? • How does this impact open source? • What will actually change because of these lawsuits? • What about the patent system?
  12. 12. Platforms & Devices
  13. 13. Flash for iPhone? • Skyfire app approved for App Store • Translates Flash to HTML5 on the fly • No games or hulu at this time • Previously available for Android • 1.5 million installs on Android http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/11/02/skyfire_ios_browser_approved_by_apple_converts_flash_video_to_html5.html
  14. 14. PhoneGap • PhoneGap framework approved by Apple • PhoneGap is a framework for developing cross-platform applications using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript • Apple was unpredictably rejecting PhoneGap apps • After technical evaluation of the framework, decided not to continue to discriminate against this framework • Great news for developers using PhoneGap or other similar frameworks http://ambiguiti.es/2009/11/phonegap-given-apple-seal-of-approval/
  15. 15. Adobe AIR Expands • AIR is coming to mobile devices • Android, BlackBerry, TabletOS, iOS • Linux, Mac, Windows • AIR 2.5 supports accelerometers, geolocation, cameras, video, microphones, multi-touch and gestures • Announced app store: Adobe InMarket http://www.sdtimes.com/link/34833
  16. 16. Windows Phone 7 • Launch November 8, 2010 • Windows Phone 7 sports a brand new interface (“Metro”) • Designed to be easy to navigate, using carefully designed interface elements patterned after traffic signs • Marketing budget $400 million
  17. 17. Developing for WP7 • Applications are developed in Silverlight, XNA and will run on the .NET Compact Framework 4 only • Visual Studio Express Edition for Windows Phone 7 • Currently C# is the only language supported • Windows Phone 7 Application Certification Requirements, which are a must-read for all developers • Windows Marketplace limits the number of free applications • Incentive for developers to charge for their work • Developer membership in the Marketplace $99 per year • Developers can only post 5 free applications ( without paying further fees ) but unlimited pay applications http://create.msdn.com/en-US/
  18. 18. Palm, WebOS Return • Palm was acquired by HP earlier this year • Palm Pre 2 and WebOS 2.0 announced • Uses the Mojo application framework • Mojo is "based on the HTML5, CSS and JavaScript standards that web developers already know and love" http://www.webosarena.com/
  19. 19. HP Slate • Hewlett-Packard announced Slate 500 tablet is now available for purchase. ( 10-21-2010 ) • Targeted at businesses • 8.9-inch screen • Windows 7 Professional OS • $799 and is immediately available in the U.S. through HP's website and channel partners
  20. 20. Galaxy Tab • Sprint will sell the tablet for $400 starting November 14 • Verizon without contract for $599 • 7-inch Android 2.2 tablet • 1GHz processor • 3-megapixel camera at the back and a 1.3 video calling camera, together with WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth and GPS
  21. 21. Kindle SDK • Kindle is a linux-based device • KDK is available to develop apps for the device • EA has produced several games • Indie studios are posting apps • Installed base estimated at 2 million • Java-based development http://www.pcworld.com/article/208269/indie_developer_makes_a_kindle_game.html
  22. 22. Nook Color • Android 2.1 , $249 • 15.8 ounces and comes in at 8.1 inches tall • Wifi-only • 1,024-by-600 resolution • Barnes & Noble also announced Nook Developer sdk • Developers will be able to start submitting their apps in early 2011
  23. 23. BlackBerry PlayBook • Business and professional market • BlackBerry remains strong in business and government arenas • 7-inch tablet may be well poised to gain ground in those markets • RIM “aided by the fact that it is managed by RIM's BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), conventionally considered the best software for secure smartphone management.” • slated to ship next year
  24. 24. ChromeOS Tablet? • Google rumored working on an HTC-developed tablet • Will run Chrome OS, their cloud- centric operating system • Rumors of a ChromeOS netbook have also surfaced, planned for November • But is it true? • Several times previously this year, Google has squashed similar rumors • Is ChromeOS actually ready to ship?
  25. 25. Mobile News Roundup November 2010

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