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Mobile App Market worth $25 bn by 2014!?

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Juniper is a research firm that regularly puts out 5-year forecasts, which it then varies equally regularly with new 5-year forecasts. So following on from the app vs web debate, Juniper rides to the rescue of the app world with its latest (well, not so fresh anymore really), predicting a not so modest $25 bn industry from mobile applications by 2014. There you have it, Google… The big hockey stick will kick in from 2011 and it will come from value-added services rather than revenues from one-off downloads. Games will…read more


Gamevil IPO

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Did you ever want to do an IPO under the radar? Do it in Korea as no one in the ignorant Western world will be able to read your prospectus (or, if you are in the US, S-1). Game maker Gamevil, which created one of my early favourite mobile games, NOM, and has shot to fame with its less quirky Baseball Superstars franchise, which topped 10m downloads, has apparently filed for an IPO as early as April of this year and will go public at the end of the month….read more


So, Google: App Store or Web? Or Both?

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Last week, there was the Mobilebeat conference on, and – amongst many other things – a lot of guys felt they had to air their opinions on the future of mobile apps or, errh, no apps. They spoke so elaborately about it that even the revered FT (albeit in its blog section) and the BBC felt compelled to run stories. Amongst others, the CEO of “indie” app store Get Jar and Google’s wonderful Vic Gundotra, VP Engineering and also equipped with this most valleyed of all Silicon Valley job titles,…read more


Carnival of the Mobilists #183

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Another week, another Carnival of the Mobilists. This week’s edition is hosted by Tam Hanna on their TamsIJungle blog. Read it here. They have included two of my posts this week, namely my look on mobile cloud computing as well as my response to Robert Scoble on mobile innovation.


Is Apple to break iPhone exclusivity?

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There have been rumours galore about Apple’s exclusive deals for its iPhone all over the place (see e.g. here for Verizon). New reports have now surfaced that appear to confirm that Apple is looking at this option for both the US and the UK (and, if this works, presumably also for other territories): In the UK, T-Mobile confirmed it was in talks with Apple over stocking the iPhone 3G (the 3GS remaining exclusive to O2, which also has its hands on the Palm Pre) and Orange is “believed”, to be…read more


Mobile Innovation; in Response to Scoble

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Egoblogger extraordinaire Robert Scoble has never been known to be shy, and so he declared with his usual great fanfare that Europe did not matter any more in terms of mobile innovation. Why did he say that, you ask? Well, Nokia apparently took him to visit their research lab in Cambridge (no, not in Espoo) as part of a (Nokia-)sponsored geek tour. And Scoble was not impressed. Because (1) everyone appears to have been texting when he was on the tube (how quaint), (2) the N97 isn’t cooler than the…read more