Gartner has seen the future, and it's portable, thin and has a large screen but no keyboard. In short, a tablet. That's one of the themes of the research firm's year-end predictions for IT organizations and users unveiled today. Gartner envisions an increasingly central role for connected devices in the corporate workplace as the line between personal and enterprise technology becomes more and more blurred.
With Google's app storefront crossing the 100,000-title mark, the company unveiled its own rating system to help users better navigate the growing catalog just before Thanksgiving. Android Market until now has been known as a largely unrestricted environment for downloads, compared to Apple's more tightly controlled App Store.
With the appointment of a CMO for the first time, Nokia has taken another step toward overhauling its management and expanding its presence in the U.S. phone market. The hiring of marketing veteran Jerri DeVard in the newly created CMO role, announced today, signals that Nokia is getting more serious about marketing as part of its effort to turn around its business and regain momentum in the smartphone race.
Independent app store GetJar yesterday announced hitting more than 100 million downloads of the Facebook app it offers across multiple handsets and mobile platforms. That figure says as much about GetJar's expansion as about Facebook's growth on mobile devices.
It looks like Android may prove as formidable a rival to Apple in the tablet market as in smartphones. Samsung has sold 600,000 Galaxy Tab units in its first month of availability, according to a report in The Korea Herald picked up by BGR. That indicates a strong start for the Android-based tablet, which is now offered in more than 30 countries in North America, Europe and Asia.
With the expected arrival of the Verizon iPhone in 2011 drawing ever closer, speculation about how well the long-awaited device will impact AT&T and other phone rivals is sure to grow. A new survey from market research firm ChangeWave asked non-AT&T respondents whether they'd have still purchased their new smart phone if the iPhone had been available from their wireless provider at the time. A whopping one in three said they would have gotten the iPhone instead, suggesting Verizon can expect a sales boom by adding the device to its lineup.
Fragmentation has long been one of the terms synonymous with mobile advertising. To help reduce the barriers to mobile ad buying, a trio of companies -- The Weather Channel, Crisp Wireless and Tringapps -- earlier this year formed the Open Rich Media Mobile Advertising initiative. The group's aim is to streamline the process of serving ads in mobile applications to bolster ad spending. To that end, ORMMA today introduced an open standard and rich-media ad specifications for publishers that want to run campaigns within apps across all devices and platforms.
Things are awfully quiet on the Windows Phones 7 sales front to date. Typically, first week or weekend sales estimates for much-hyped new smartphones ripple through the tech blogosphere, giving an early glimpse into consumer demand for a device after months of pre-release coverage and speculation. But unless I just haven't noticed, that hasn't been the case with the first batch of WP7 devices from AT&T and T-Mobile that hit stores Nov. 8. Gizmodo? Engadget? BGR? Are you out there?
Morgan Stanley analyst Mary Meeker helped stoke the mobile hype machine last year with her 424-page report predicting more people would be connected to the Web via mobile devices than PCs in five years. The 2010 edition of her annual chart-choked report on Internet trends, unveiled today at the Web 2.0 summit, should keep enthusiasm for all things mobile running high.
No, there's not a "g" missing from the last word in the above headline. Reports surfacing late last week raised the unlikely prospect of Verizon Wireless and Microsoft bringing back the ill-fated Kin device in time for the holidays. The social networking-centric phones aimed at young hipsters were on the market for less than two months before getting the kibosh from Microsoft because of anemic sales. So a little tinsel and seasonal spirit will breathe new life into the handset line?