Mobile Tsunami


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Recaps a presentation given to the Portland Web Innovators forum on the upcoming growth in the Mobile industry and in particular the mobile web.

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  • I'm here to tell you a story. The story starts over 8 years ago when I got my first Handspring and my first mobile phone.

    Looking at the two devices in my pockets, I realized that there was a lot of potential if my phone, which was connected to the Internet, had access to the capabilities of the Handspring. Or vice versa.

    I became consumed with the idea that if people had ready access to information wherever and whenever they needed it that it could be the sort of thing that could change the world for the better.
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  • And when I say consumed. I mean CONSUMED.

    My apartment was covered with large post-it notes describing what might be possible and a business plan built on this idea.

    I had forgotten about this until recently when we decided to start Cloud Four to focus on mobile development. My wife Dana reminded me that when she met me that my apartment was covered in post-it notes like some sort of mad scientist's lab.

    Probably not the best way to make a first impression. I'm tremendously lucky that despite the obsession, she still married me. :-)
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  • I really believe we were onto something when it came to the convergence of mobile phones and PDAs. Unfortunately, we hit a wall called WAP.

    The reality was the technology wasn’t good enough to do what we wanted to do. The world changing would have to wait.

    Instead I got a great job at a wonderful company building web sites and applications for standards-setting organizations.
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Mobile Tsunami

  1. 1. The Upcoming Mobile Tsunami Jason Grigsby, Co-Founder • •
  2. 2. Seven years later. What’s Next?
  3. 3. 3 Things that couldn’t be ignored:
  4. 4. 3 Things that couldn’t be ignored:
  5. 5. 3 Things that couldn’t be ignored:
  6. 6. 3 Things that couldn’t be ignored: 3.3 Billion
  7. 7. A mobile phone for half the planet.
  8. 8. 3.3 Billion in Perspective Source:
  9. 9. Mobile Phone Adoption Still Growing • China Mobile has 317 million subscribers—more than U.S. population. • China total market is half a billion users. They are adding 6 million subscribers per month. • 28% of mobile phone owners have two or more subscriptions. • Average for industrialized countries is over 100% subscriber rate, led by 140% subscriber rate for Hong Kong, Taiwan, Italy and Israel. (U.S. is at a paltry 80%) • Percentage of younger phone users increasing. Normal for children under 10 years old to have a phone in Europe and Asia. • Population grows by 3 people a second. 38 mobile devices a second.
  10. 10. Usage is Changing: No Longer Simply a Phone Mar 2007 Oct 2007 70.0% 62% 52.5% 46% 47% 35.0% 36% 29% 24% 17.5% 0% 13-to-24 25-to-41 All 20% say they view video content daily or almost daily Source:
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  18. 18. It's the recreation of the Internet, it's the recreation of the PC story and it is before us — and it is very likely it will happen in the next year. Eric Schmidt, Google CEO speaking at Davos, January 2008
  19. 19. Parallels to Early Internet Days • Email is the most sought after feature. Businesses pushing smart phone adoption for employees. • Fractured platform. Few standards. Fewer reliable. • Proprietary development environments. • Poor documentation. • Return to browser wars. • Radically changes many things including business plans, advertising, metrics, and development practices. • No one knows the patterns for success (design, dev, or business)
  20. 20. Adoption of Internet • In 1994, best estimates were 20 to 30 million people on the Internet. That is less that 1% of the world’s population at the time. • Today, 12% of carrier revenue is data services and only 16% of users access the web on those devices once a month. • 1994, 5% of people surveyed said that they were willing to pay fees for web access. 97% of people were using Mosiac and a text browser, Lynx was #2 • Late 1994, 18% using Netscape and 71% said they might pay depending on cost and quality.
  21. 21. The Hope for Mobile What is the likelihood of exponential growth for the Internet on Mobile Devices?
  22. 22. “The Mother of all Markets.” Dr. Eli Harai, San Disk CEO, 2008 John Sculley, Apple CEO, 1992
  23. 23. Gopher, Mosaic, WAP, iPhone Flickr photo by:
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  27. 27. January 2008 Mobile Browser Stats iPhone + iPod WinCE Symbian Hiptop 8% 4% 23% 65% Source:
  28. 28. “It’s about usage. Not units” • Number of queries on Google search from iPhones surpassed those from Symbian-based phones in the days after Christmas. Nokia’s Symbian-based phones are 40% of the market worldwide. • German iPhone users consume 30 times more data. • 95% of iPhone customers regularly surf the Internet. Data services revenue increased from $2.7 billion in 2005 to $6.9 billion in 2007. • Google sees 50 times the number of searches using the iPhone than any other mobile device. They were so surprised, they asked their engineers to check the logs to make sure it was correct. • This is why major companies, Google, Quicken, etc. are all launching iPhone-optimized services despite the iPhone’s 1% market share.
  29. 29. It’s Not All About the iPhone
  30. 30. The Pace of Innovation is Picking Up • Google Android open mobile OS joins Limo. OHA formed • AOL Open Mobile Platform • Nokia buys Trolltech, Launches advertising network • Microsoft buys Danger • Yahoo Mobile Widgets, oneConnect Social Network • iPhone SDK in this month
  31. 31. Carrier Landscape Changing • Push for open networks. Commitment from Verizon for open network by end of 2008. • New wireless spectrum bidding included openness requirements. • Flat rate data plan options growing. • iPhone opened doors for phone providers to push carriers to do things that they were unwilling to do in the past. • Tremendous pressure on carriers because of 40% churn in subscribers.
  32. 32. Changing Business Models Already Beginning • Free mobile network for 16 to 24 year olds in Europe • Most di cult demographic to reach • Exchange information and willingness to receive ads for free phone and text message usage • Interactive advertising using SMS • Resulting in 12 to 24% response rates versus direct mail and web advertising rates of < 1%.
  33. 33. For Developers and Designers • Start reading and learning now • Embrace the constraints • Small screen, slower processors, slower network • Lack of standards • Fragmented development platforms • Key decisions: • On the deck vs. O the deck. • What device classes will you support?
  34. 34. Embrace what is unique about mobile • Personal • Identifiable • In your pocket • Locatable • Always on and connected • Users on the go
  35. 35. Pick the right target audience. Be willing to experiment.
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