. The mobile-computing world is increasingly a two-horse race between Google and Apple, with Apple clearly in the lead but Google Android making up ground quickly. Microsoft and Symbian are also still in the game, but the ultimate winner will be the one that best appeals to consumers or developers
This struck home while reading Mark Sigal's analysis of the "inevitability" of Google Android. On his way to dismantling the idea that Google's victory is assured, Sigal stumbles into apparently divergent interest groups:
Unlike the PC, where "good enough" was the bar required to seize the market,…for most consumers, their mobile device of choice is a lifestyle decision, a personal, ever-present extension of themselves that is resident in a way that never existed before with the PC–a value proposition that Apple has completely run with on iPhone (and iPod before that).
Even as Google and other technology companies bet big on mobile computing, open-source developers seem to be fixated with "desktop" and server environments. If the future is mobile, why isn't this where open-source developers are focusing?
To be fair, some are. There are a few open-source applications for the iPhone, including WordPress and Doom Classic, and others like Shelves for Google's Android. But these are the exceptions, not the rule.
And, yes, we have important open-source platform projects like Android, Funambol, etc., but there are relatively few, particularly in the area of applications.
This is a bit disconcerting given statements like Google CEO Eric Schmidt's: "The answer should always be mobile first." If Google, Apple, etc., see mobile as their first priority, can open source afford to put mobile last?
New Delhi: As per the figures of the Indian Cellular Association, 26 million of India's 563 million mobile phone subscribers have handsets that are 3G enabled.
Indians who use 3G handsets outnumber the entire population of Australia by about five million, Belgium by 16 million, Denmark by 21 million, the Netherlands by 10 million and Switzerland by 19 million.
The government promises that 3G services will be up and running in six months. The country is only now going through the motions of selecting telecom companies that will eventually run the 3G services. Now the 26 million users use 3G handsets to get only 2G services.
There's a touch of India in the success of the iPad. A bunch of small companies have developed apps that are already a rage on the iPhone and are now flexing muscles on Apple Inc’s tablet computer too. With global gadget makers such as Google, Apple and Nokia seeking new apps to make their products more popular, these Indian companies could be on the threshold of a billion-dollar business opportunity.
Source – economictimes.indiatimes.com/infotech
Samsung’s Bada operating system and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 are expected to help drive demand for mobile applications.
This year will be a big one for mobile applications, with the number of downloads for smartphones soaring two and a half times from 2009, a market research firm says.
Mobile application downloads will increase to just under 6 billion applications this year, up from an estimated 2.4 billion last year, ABI Research said. Driving the download frenzy are the rapid adoption of smartphones among consumers and businesses and the proliferation of app stores from manufacturers.