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posted in March 2007
MarketWatch columnist John Dvorak argues that Apple should just make the iPhone a reference design and move on. Why, you may ask, would Apple want to walk away from the hottest mobile device in years? Because it isn't equipped to handle the demands of the nonstop mobile phone market, that's why.
I have finally settled back into New York after a jam-packed visit to this year's CTIA Wireless in Orlando, Fla. One of the big stories in the wider media that, surprisingly, didn't generate much insider buzz at CTIA was the on-going war to capture the emerging mobile search market.
Motorola this week launched its first ruggedized smartphone, the MC35. Wait, don't run! This ruggedsized smartphone is actually not ugly. In fact, as far as ruggedized devices go, it's stylin'.
Viacom CEO Phillipe Dauman said his company is serious about wireless during his keynote address today at CTIA Wireless. Dauman opened his address with an amusing video intro by Jon Stewart and a camera trick designed to make the audience see how small Dauman would appear on a mobile phone screen.
The world's fifth largest handset maker, LG, today at CTIA announced their plan to pre-install Google applications on future LG handsets released in North America and other markets.
It's been a busy CTIA show so far. While there has been lots of activity, I haven't seen much in terms of real breaking news or highlights. So far, the appearance of the iPhone -- only the device's second public showing since January -- has been this CTIA's biggest news item.
But If you want the real news at CTIA, you have to get off the show floor, walk out of the press room, and head over to some part
Just in case you thought the iPhone wasn't hanging out at CTIA, think again. During today's keynote addresses, the iPhone made a rare public appearance. Like a silver screen diva from Hollywood's golden age, the iPhone is a source of public hysteria wherever it goes.
Right now I am heading out the door to CTIA Wireless 2007 in sunny Orlando, Florida (also known as Disneytown, USA and Las Vegas East). As I was packing my belongings, I decided to jot down a list of the wireless news and trends I expect to see down in Orlando.
While everyone was following the Palm rumors this week, a few bloggers claimed that Motorola might be up for sale, too.
The much-ballyhooed deal to acquire smartphone maker Palm has yet to materialize. Meanwhile, Palm's shares took a hit while the market remains antsy for some M&A action.
Motorola this week said that its mobile phone business is not doing well and that it will likely continue to post losses for much of 2007. Just a couple of years ago Motorola was the darling of the mobile market. The Razr was the hottest cell phone on the block and CEO Ed Zander could do wrong. What happened?
Google employee Jason Warner offers some fashion advice on how to dress for success in Google's offices. Apparently, it starts out with the right shoes.
So is Google actually building a mobile phone or not? This burning question is keeping mobile bloggers everywhere busy. And just when it looked like Google had confirmed the long-awaited Google Phone, another company executive thi
Welcome to Take 5, a new feature on Over The Air. In each edition of Take 5, we will sit down with a key industry insider -- a CIO or IT manager, consultant, vendor, or analyst -- and ask them five (or more) key questions about business mobility. In today's edition, I sat down with David Wise, co-founder and managing partner for mindWireless, a mobility consultancy that helps businesses figure out how to better us
According to the Dan Jones over at Unstrung, Nokia and Motorola could be ready to rumble over smartphone maker Palm.
Mobile video was the hot topic at last night's Mobile Monday in New York. Those of you who know me know that I am something of a cynic when it comes to this subject. This is not to say that I don't think that mobile video has a future, but I do think several developments are needed to make it work, including better battery life and enhanced screen sizes. Maybe the Post a Comment
The long-standing legal feud between Nokia and wireless chip maker Qualcomm expanded today as Nokia filed claims against Qualcomm's patents in Germany and the Netherlands. If this suit is successful, Qualcomm could be prohibited from enforcing some patents used in Nokia's mobile phones.
Google's chief executive in Spain and Portugal, Isabel Aguilera, this week confirmed that the Google Phone is for real. But she downplayed the much-anticipated device, saying it was just one of 18 R&D initiatives Google is currently funding. But which device is it?
You probably haven't noticed, but CeBit is going on right now in Germany. Several years ago, CeBit was the definitive show for wireless. Today that is no longer the case. The wireless industry has shifted from CeBit to CES, 3GSM and CTIA, leaving CeBit as a kind of wireless has been. Why did this happen?
Nokia last night kicked off a road show of sorts for its S60 smartphone platform here in New York City. The company threw a party for a select group of bloggers and S60 enthusiasts complete with free food, drinks, and a chance to win an unlocked N95 smartphone. How could I resist?
J.D. Power and Associates has released its 2007 Wireless Call Quality Performance Study and the carriers are getting ready to either hype the findings or spin them away, depending on how they fared. On to the rankings.
Michael Hirschorn takes an in-depth look at online social networking and predicts that sites like MySpace will soon go bust.
General Motors is using wireless technology including PDAs to increase efficiencies at its Lansing, Mich., Delta Township auto plant. So why hasn't GM figured out to monetize these mobile devices?
Nokia today said that it won Sprint Nextel's business to deploy a mobile WiMax network for the Texas markets of Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Austin. Sprint Nextel will launch WiMax services in the Lone Star state in the first half of 2008. Sprint Nextel plans to deploy a WiMax network covering 100 million people in the
Drew Clark over at GigaOM asks a great question: Does Google plan to change its position on net neutrality? It seems that while Google has been the foremost business booster for net neutrality in public, the online company has been cutting deals with the carriers to be their preferred provider.
Last week my colleague Eric Zeman blogged about growing rumors that Google is building a mobile phone. I blogged about the potential for a Google Phone twice in January and
RFID is taking off in the health care sector. One RFID chip vendor, VeriChip, is showing off a new system that allows hospitals and health workers to track patient information for diabetes patients on wireless RFID chips.
Despite all the news and analysis claiming that mobile Web use is higher in Europe and Asia, a new survey finds that's not the case. In fact, the survey claims that use of the mobile Web in the United States is higher.
Rudy De Waele over at m-trends.org has the latest edition of the Carnival of Mobilists. For those of you not in the know, the Carnival is a loose confederation of mobile bloggers that puts together a snapshot of the mobile and wireless blogosphere on a periodic basis. It's a great way to see the trends in the mobile space. This week's edition cove
Do you wonder if you might have a problem with spending too much time on your mobile phone? Then you need to check out Mobile Phone Abusers Anonymous (MPAA). What is the MPAA?
Smartphone sales continue to soar. InPhonic said its online store, Wirefly, reported a 70 percent increase in smartphone sales between the third quarter of 2006 and the first quarter of 2007. Which smartphones are users flocking to?
Palm this week hired Paul Mercer, a top Silicon Valley designer who helped in the creation of the iPod user interface. Mercer started working at Palm three weeks ago on a line of new products, but the company won't say anything more about what he is working on. Mercer brought two other designers to Palm from his design firm, Inventor. Hum... I wonder what Paul Mercer is working on?
Serial telecom entrepreneur Craig McCaw today helped take his latest venture, wireless broadband service provider Clearwire, public. Clearwire raised $600 million in the initial public offering, selling 24 million shares at $25 a share going into the start of public trading only to close down 1.5 percent at $24.62 a share. Should Clearwire have gone public?
Nokia plans to launch two new mobile advertising services. What? Nokia is going to offer advertising? Does that mean Nokia is now a rival to Google? Yes, Virginia, it seems everybody is now in competition with Google.
Earlier today I moderated a panel at Frost & Sullivan Mobile & Wireless Enterprise 2007 entitled "Corporate Application Integration." The goal of the panel was to give users advice on how to move beyond mobile e-mail. Guess what? Enterprises are eager to mobilize but they don't want the process to be complicated. How can a CIO manage the chaos of mobility?
Today I am blogging from Frost & Sullivan Mobile & Wireless Enterprise 2007 in sunny Indian Wells, California (just outside Palm Springs). We've got carriers, vendors and, most important, end-users all gathered here to talk mobility at the Grand Hyatt Champions Resort. The big theme of my discussions so far has been the lack of best practices f
Cisco Systems said yesterday that the latest upgrade to its Unified Communications software will allow users to access features via cell phones. It's about time Cisco added mobility to its IP telephony offerings.
Daniel Taylor at the Mobile Enterprise Blog asks a great question: What happened to Sprint Enterprise Mobility?
Last week rumors broke that Palm is looking for a buyer. Today in the Wall Street Journal those rumors were confirmed by a report.
It looks like all those smartphone users out there are doing more than just sending e-mail. According to a new study by researcher Telephia, young professionals make up 40% of mobile phone game players. That means many of you know about Jamdat Bowling 2.
Sony Ericsson last month at 3GSM in Barcelona said it was looking for partners for its UIQ platform, which it acquired several months earlier. The move was designed to help Sony Ericsson grow UIQ beyond just the confines of its own handset ecosystem and to challenge Nokia's S60 platform. So
Nokia this week said that it is changing its N-Gage mobile gaming platform from being just a device-centered gaming experience to include other Nokia handsets and devices, including Nokia S60 devices. Most S60 devices are smartphones of one stripe or another -- some are more consumer oriented in nature while others are clearly more targeted at professionals. The announcement
Many wireless industry insiders question the future of the mobile Web browser. While mobile browsers have been around since the first iteration of WAP in the late 1990s, there still aren't that many people surfing the Web on their cell phones. Personally, I don't think cell phones are the best medium for browsing. And for applications, I think the future of the mobile Web lies in clients, not browsers.
Apparently it is smartphone rumor week. Earlier today we brought you news that Nokia may buy Palm. Now rumors are flying that Dell may enter the smartphone market.
Dan Jones over at Unstrung is reporting that Nokia may make a play to acquire smartphone maker Palm Inc. If Nokia can acquire Palm, the company would finally gain some real share in the U.S. mobile enterprise market. Is this deal for real?