Mobile World Congress, now under way in Barcelona, is a big event. Exact numbers are not available, but I have heard talk of 70,000 trade attendees; it is not something you can safely ignore if you have a presence in the mobile industry.
Nevertheless Apple chooses to ignore it, preferring its own exclusive events.
…continue reading Power shifts at Mobile World Congress: Samsung rises, Apple absent, Google hidden, Microsoft missing
Here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona HP has announced a 7” Android tablet which will be available in April.
I took a quick look at the Mobile Focus event today. The back of the device is more interesting, showing logos for HP and for Beats Audio.
From the front you would be pushed
…continue reading HP goes Android: what does that say about Windows 8?
Via Martin Belam’s blog I came across this account of how the well-known flower vendor Interflora has, it is claimed, been penalised by Google for violation of its webmaster guidelines on paid links:
Searching for the terms [Flowers], [florist], [flower delivery], [flowers online] and hundreds of other related search terms yielded the interflora.co.uk domain in
…continue reading Reflecting on Google’s power: a case for regulation?
People have been talking about “the internet operating system” for years. The phrase may have been muttered in Netscape days in the nineties, when the browser was going to be the operating system; then in the 2000s it was the Google OS that people discussed. Most notably though, Tim O’Reilly reflected on the subject, for
…continue reading Making sense of Microsoft’s Cloud OS
The most remarkable statement in the report from the US Federal Trade Commission’s investigation of Google is this one:
The FTC concluded that the introduction of Universal Search, as well as additional changes made to Google’s search algorithms – even those that may have had the effect of harming individual competitors – could be plausibly
…continue reading Extraordinary: the FTC says it is OK for Google to bias search results in its own favour
Google has revised the terms of the Android SDK license agreement so that users must now agree not to fragment Android by deriving other SDKs from Google’s official offering. In fact, you now have to agree not to fragment Android in any way as a condition of using the Android SDK.
The key clauses
…continue reading Google fights Android fragmentation with new SDK terms
What happened in 2012?
Whether you regard it as the beginning of the end for Windows, or a moment of rebirth, for me it was the year of Windows 8. Microsoft’s new Windows is fascinating on several levels: as a bold strategic move to make a desktop operating system into a tablet operating
…continue reading Android up, Apple down, Microsoft so near, so far: 2012 in review
Appcelerator and IDC have released their latest mobile developer report, in which nearly 3,000 users of the cross-platform development tool Titanium report on their views and intentions.
These reports are always interesting but experience suggests that they are poor predictors. A year ago, the Q4 2011 report told us:
Amazon’s new Kindle Fire ignites developer
…continue reading Mobile: Windows Phone appeal growing, iOS and Android secure say Titanium developers
Last week Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos spoke at a “Fireside Chat” with AWS (Amazon Web Services) chief Werner Vogels. It was an excellent and inspirational performance from Bezos.
If there was a common theme, it was his belief in the merit of low margins, which of necessity keep a business efficient. Low margins
…continue reading The disruption of pay as you go hardware – and I do not mean leasing