A few random updates of interest from last week’s CTIA Wireless event… CTIA was as interesting and busy as ever, although I would guess that the numbers were likely way down this year for obvious reasons… on the up-side, Vegas is pretty much giving away hotel rooms due to high vacancy rates so if you need to go there for a business trip you’ll be able to do so on the cheap very easily (airfares are also very reasonable). I caught wind of some amazing technologies in the mobile space while there, many providing data sharing solutions using mobile technology that take advantage of the cloud so you can easily share documents with colleagues, interact with your docs via mobile and even communicate and access remote computers at home of office from your phone! If mobile media is important in your job you’ll be pleased to know that some great solutions are coming enabling you to do much more and likely wow your colleagues at the same time.
8 mega pixel cameras in your mobile will be plentiful and we’ll even be treated to some fine HD video enabled devices very soon (like the Samsung 8910 and Nokia N97) complement these devices with services like Twitter and Qik which will be supporting HD in the near future and you’ll be able to do some very cool stuff with your phone. Some fine enterprise mobile solutions are here (or coming soon) like the very cool QuickOffice for iPhone – imagine, for just $20 you can have full MS Office-like functionality on your iPhone (they also support Blackberry and S60) enabling creation, sharing, editing or office documents ala mobile. For developers, Nokia will be rolling out their new marketplace at Ovi next month. This means consumers will have simple access to applications and more, while developers will have another sales channel putting their apps in front of millions of potential users. If you have an idea for a mobile app then you need to check out details of publishing on Ovi. Finally, no surprise here as the LBS space is showing no signs of slowing down. NAVTEQ selected the winners for another LBS Challenge and again, the number of entries this year set a record. Interesting to note that of the almost $8 billion in mobile revenues in Q4 last year, 1/3 of that was generated from application sales and GET THIS, apparently, some 70% of these apps were location aware. Location is indeed presenting opportunities to many developers (keep in mind, this year we are seeing “hot” mobile LBS apps that incorporate some kind of advertising and “green” solutions are also very hot. Something to think about! FYI, you can check out some images from CTIA HERE
You don’t need Zoltar to know the future of mobile we saw it at CTIA
Some very cool things seen and heard about:
- QuickOffice mobile for iPhone only $19.99
- Qik mobile in HD coming soon
- The new Yahoo! Go mobile
- Mobile advertising… itc coming on!
- Publishing on Nokia Ovi – another “must” channel for app distribution
- The new Blackberry app store
- A new social media mobile device from INQ1