Welcome to the 163rd version of the Carnival of the Mobilists, hosted by GoldenSwamp. This Carnival is packed with nuggets of writing gold created over the past week by veteran bloggers from the mobile venue.
Mobile World Congress 2009
James Cooper at Mobile Messaging 2.0 rounds up action in appstores, MoMo Awards, new handsets and more. At Open Gardens Ajit Jaokar explains why he is optimistic about our industry after Barcelona. At allaboutiPhone, Matt Radford convinces us that despite Apple’s non-attendance at WMC, evidence of absence is not absence of evidence. Caroline Lewko at wipJamSessions wraps up news from the annual event with her post “So that’s it for another year in Barcelona.”
Economy, stats and biz
A case study from Martin Sauter at WirelessMoves relates how “OperaMini Doubles Users and Triples Consumed Data in a Year.” Chetan Sharma, writes on AlwaysOnReal-TimeAccess AORTA about “US Wireless Industry in Recessions.” And from the advertising perspective, Tomi T. Ahonen of Communities Dominate Brands tells us what drives an “ad man mAd”
Two on To Touch or Not To Touch
Two of our mobile bloggers have written this week on exactly the same topic: “To Touch or Not To Touch.” That is a major clue to how important the decision has become for the mobile industry right now. Read and compare these analyses for some insights:
Mark van’t Hooft at UbiquitousThoughts, and
Steve Litchfield at AllAbout Symbian.
Dennis Bournique at WapReview returns to Opera’s browser that leads Apple’s for the number of people surfing the Web, and gives us some more skinny on the Opera Mini. Next are two critical looks at app stores. Andrew Grill at London Calling asks if app stores may be walled gardens, “another closed ecosystem that stifles development and creativity.” Enrique Ortiz writes on AboutMobility, “All of this sounds ‘exactly’ as the old deck, doesn’t it? And guess what? It won’t work.” Barbara Ballard at LittleSpringDesign does some heads-up on content customizing, personalizing and functionality.
Long range looks:
The image at the right shows a New York Science Times article illustration that I learned from on my iPhone this morning. A post I put on Howard Rheingold’s SmartMobs this week points out that the so-called misbehavior excuse for banning school mobiles has some humor to it: Let the Record show that the kids are not the only ones. And lastly, Russell Buckley at MobHappy cites Mark Cuban as support for predicting the mobile is going to do to the PC, what the PC did to the mainframe.
I did not pick a best link this week because of the many top entries. Next week the Carnival sets up at Mark van’t Hooft’s UbiquitousThoughts. Join us by sending something you have written about mobile on your blog. The details on how to do that are on the Carnival of the Mobilists website. Bye from the GoldenSwamp; I hope you will take a dip here again soon. Judy Breck