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Archive for February, 2011

Apps per developer

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Mobile App Sales and Revenue

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Smartphone Adoption by Market

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Internet trends

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Global Mobile Applications Store Ranking 2010 – 2011

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Some thoughts on mobile applications.

The pace of developments is mind blowing. The research firm Gartner predicts a 1000% increase of app revenues by 2014 reaching a volume of 58 billion US$. The second Internet boom is almost certainly here to stay and some even predict that this will last for at least a decade.

The mobile Internet revolution, smartphones, increased bandwidth and enhanced end-user experiences are just a few key factors that are shaping the technology and Internet landscape at the moment. Ever since so many different rapid developments within the same eco-system evolve it is perhaps best comparable to solving a mathematical question with multiple unknown variables. Impossible is what it looks right now.

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Nokia, Microsoft and MeeGo

What was already expected has come true. Nokia and Microsoft join forces by forming a partnership in order to better challenge and compete with the likes of Google and Apple. Stephen Elop, the CEO of Nokia will disclose the details of this radical change of strategy later today in London however we already can start to ask questions and our first one would be what about MeeGo? It looks like we can throw MeeGo out of the window and this would be a real shame. The Linux-based operating system developed together by Nokia and Intel has been for a long time regarded as the replacement for Symbian. The mobile development community, at least for the most of it, welcomed and awaited the change from Symbian to MeeGo. Apart from this Nokia, still the largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world, had to move away from Symbian ever since it was and is losing ground fast to Apple and Google Android operating systems on smartphones not to mention BlackBerry, who is reigning in the corporate world. Nokia with only a 2% market-share in the US, which in itself is a shame, certainly can only win from this partnership and Microsoft can benefit from Nokia’s dominance in the rest of the world. Windows Phone 7 OS is certainly up to the job being able to compete with Apple and Android however what happens to the huge developers community of Nokia. Are they all expected to migrate to Microsoft.NET?

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