Volker on Mobile

Handset Segments: Smart and Dumb? Or only Porsche and VW?

Posted by in Apple, OEM

You hear it often (most recently by Average Jane): people who complain about unwanted features and complexities of mobile phones. And now here comes a company (not your ordinary OEM, mind you) who is bringing out just that: the ultimate dumbphone (I am referring to features not potential users). Meet John Doe’s new phone, the anti-smartphone: Dutch agency John Doe (sic!) premiered John’s Phone, which can do, well, make and receive phone calls. SMS? No. Address book? Yes, from paper with a pocket to stick it in at the back….read more

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Social Gaming Summit (Slides)

Posted by in Events, Slides

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of delivering a talk at the Social Gaming Summit in London (which was fun even though it was at Chelsea FC…). Given that the audience was fairly clued up on all things social, I was focusing a little more on the mobile side of things – highlighting market sizes, roll-out speeds and platform risks (and opportunities!). Here’s the deck, I hope you enjoy it: Conquering new spaces 20101110 View more presentations from Volker Hirsch.

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Handset Rankings: Apple moving up

Posted by in Apple, OEM

Both Gartner and IDC have recently published their handset rankings for Q3/2010, and both have Apple moving into the #4 spot globally. That is impressive, as this is not measuring smartphones but all phones, and it is not measuring North America and Western Europe but the world. In Smartphone-only terms, Apple has leapfrogged RIM into the #2 slot. On a platform-basis, Apple’s iOS is now #3 behind Symbian and Android but ahead of RIM’s proprietary Blackberry OS. Interestingly, IDC has the rankings identically but the market shares of the leading…read more

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The Mobile Landscape: It will all change. Or will it?

Posted by in Carriers, OEM

Recently, previously civilized and subtle top executives of the world’s big mobile handset makers took the gloves off and became, well, a little more outspoken. What sticks from this is, of course, always only the most figurative snippets. Because all of these esteemed people have the most vested of all vested interests, their statements tend to distort reality a little. And because of that, we have increasingly lively debates at hand. But, alas, these debates may not necessarily lead to enlightenment. So I thought I undertake a little mapping exercise…read more

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Movie Licenses on iPhone a Failure?

Posted by in Apple, OEM

I have been dealing with movie and TV licenses for longer than I care to remember, and the pattern (with few exceptions) always was the same: the licensor comes to you saying that, because they are offering you (the publisher) a well-known movie/TV/entertainment property that everyone and their dog are fans of, you should pay them a healthy amount of money (either up-front or as a minimum guarantee against revenues) for them to grant you that license. This means that the publisher starts at a point of significant loss: a…read more

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Making Money on Android (slides) – Droidcon London 2010

Posted by in Events, Slides

This week, I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to speak to the Android developer community at the fabulous Droidcon London. The following are the slides to my talk on “Making Money on Android” in which I focus on the necessity to tackle the challenge to engage users at a time and in a place that a developer can actually control, namely in the game or app itself. Scoreloop provides cool tools for this, and its virtual currency and virtual goods solutions allow developers then to capitalise on…read more

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What matters: Handsets or Packages?

Posted by in Apple, Carriers, OEM

It is this time again: my phone contract comes up for renewal. And – as anyone who is following this blog will know (to recap, look here), I have not been all too happy with the treatment I got from O2 UK. So today I started looking around. Given my rather fat tariff requirements, carriers normally throw in all sorts of goodies (scil. free handsets), so started there. I have an iPhone 4 and a Nexus One already, so started to see what else is out there, as there are:…read more

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