Volker on Mobile

Momentum, a Mobile Accelerator in the Valley

Posted by in Deals, Events

Here’s something cool, a mobile accelerator run by people who actually know mobile, namely the good folks from Mobile Monday (disclosure: I am a co-founder of Mobile Monday Manchester). For those who don’t know (and I don’t expect many of the readers of this blog to being that ignorant… ): Mobile Monday has a global presence in over 140 cities across 50 different countries. As part of Mobile Monday, participants will get greater global exposure with leading brands to help foster business relationships and potentially commercial deals. It works, believe…read more


Privacy Policy in Apps [ with Infographic]

Posted by in Apps, Games, Thoughts

Developers want to do pretty and cool apps. Tedious privacy policies are often considered “suit-imposed” and not nice. Well, heck, they’re just text, aren’t they? However, not only do 70% of consumers actually want to know what you are doing with their data (this is according to MEF Global Privacy Report 2013). But there also legal obligations, you know. And, since July, there is a revised version of COPPA out (short for the Children Online Privacy Protection Act), which places even more onerous requirements on anyone publishing content aimed at…read more


The Power of Platforms

Posted by in Android, Apple, BlackBerry, Carriers, Slides, Thoughts

Mary Meeker has just released her almost iconic annual “Internet Trend” report. In it (on slide 7), she points out that 88% of the smartphone OS share is now “made in USA”. Now, this might be good for the patriotic US soul but it signifies a much more important thing and that is the shift from carrier control to platform control. If you are an EU politician, you may lament that the current winners are from North America, but the fundamental shift does not actually depend on it (there will…read more


Facebook’s IPO with no mobile revenues

Posted by in Deals, Social

So here’s the mother of all IPOs then, and it was coming a long way. The web was buzzing, today analysts of any couleur are commenting and reading through the fine print of Facebook’s registration statement (known as the S-1) in order to find valuable nuggets of information that they had not had before and myriads of bloggers and journalists drool over the new wave of young wealthy people in the Valley. No mobile revenue Whilst I’d love to join into this frenzy, I want to focus on one point…read more


Angry Birds fly ever higher…

Posted by in Games

A fresh new year and it is time for the latest numbers of the Angry Birds phenomenon, and they are impressive indeed! Most mobile game developers would be quite happy if their game would clock more than 5m downloads. Hell, they would probably throw a massive office party for that! Well, Rovio made more than that in a day (OK, it was Christmas Day): 6.5m copies of the various Angry Birds games (paid and free) were downloaded on 25 December 2011 alone. Woah! The formidable Stuart Dredge treats us to…read more


In reply to @scottjenson: Web or Apps?

Posted by in Apps, Thoughts

There seems to be a new round of buzz around the good old HTML5 vs native debate or, in other words of web vs apps. We had a Mobile Monday session in Manchester (@momomcr) on this, debate on ForumOxford is flaring up again, and more… So I thought let’s do this again and see – if anything – changed since I posted about this (for the record: here’s the first post from 2009 and the second one from 2010). Where has the battlefield moved to in the interim? Mobile apps…read more


The Economics of Apps (slides) – ForumOxford 15 Oct 2010

Posted by in Events, Slides

I had had the wonderful opportunity to address ForumOxford’s Future of Technologies conference at the University of Oxford yesterday, an event brought to life by Tomi Ahonen and Ajit Jaokar, and that is proving year after year as a fantastic forum for discussion, learning and networking. The following are the slides to my talk there (yes, I kept the title image of a previous one I held but the deck it is a new one nonetheless). I hope you will enjoy it. Economics of Apps – University of Oxford, 15…read more