“The Japanese mobile market is both a testing ground and an early warning system for the possibilities that a fully functioning mobile ecosystem can provide,” explain the authors of a new book “The six immutable laws of mobile business.”
It’s all over the press this week: The Wall Street Journal will start asking for money to read its stories on BlackBerrys, iPhones and other mobile devices. It is working against a trend that shows that media companies are massively embracing mobile devices, but few dare to ask money for their news applications.
UK-based analyst firm Canalys, released its findings on smartphone market share based on Q2 2009 unit shipments : "Nokia maintains global lead, although its performance varies by region.Touchscreens become the preferred interface, representing 40% of all shipments. Apple’s success continues, as the iPhone takes 23% of the North American market. But RIM continues to gain share, succeeding with its push into the consumer market. Finally, Operating system choices are proliferating, primarily at Microsoft’s expense" are the main findings.
In U.S, Android, with its open platform, appears to have the best chance of mounting a comeback against Apple's platform. “With a wave of 18 more Android handsets shipping in 2009, the chase pack is growing and looking for signs of fatigue from the leader” reports Peter Farago, Vice-president marketing of Flurry.
Product development: Escenic Content Studio: Graphics and video made simple
Vizrt, the company that acquired Escenic in 2008, has a strong background in the TV and radio business. The combined forces of Escenic and Vizrt now means that publishers are offered new tools for online, mobile and print publishing.
User-generated content: VG News Portal pushes local news
Verdens Gang (VG) in Norway has become well known for its constant innovation in everything new media and for always pushing the envelope to connect with its vast audience. VG News Portal is a perfect example of how the company has leveraged one of its core assets in a commercial way.