I installed yesterday pCalc on my iPad and was quite amazed by the way the developer invented a really innovative business model of freemium … for a simple calculator. As any freemium model, the basic calculator is free and high-quality and the developer identified a few typologies of users that need special functions such as HEX/Binary handling, RPN with multi-lines… and all those features can be purchased in-app in a super smooth way. It’s jus brilliant to see that something as simple as a calculator can be a field of…read more
That’s the breaking news of the day. While they managed to stage their comeback at CES last year, Palm piled up bad choices preventing them to actually get healthy again, one being to get stuck with Sprint wich a CDMA-only version of their phones for over 1 year. they only now managed to release a GSM version of their Palm Pre and Pixi and are struggling with distribution, for instance in France you can buy int through SFR but only online (no retail presence) and the only place you can…read more
I’ve been quite involved with Streamezzo since its creation. First, we were at the same incubator at Telecom Paris, then Kamayo which I co-founded based his work on STZ’s engine and got eventually acquired by STZ, and I had the chance to keep close bounds with the company. Innovacom invested last year in Streamezzo and reboosted the company so well that it just got acquired by AMDOCS. While I don’t know the details of the deals, one can only guess that such a quick turn-around means a good deal for…read more
While the smartphone market is structuring around the big OSes that are iPhone, Android, RIM and Windows Mobile, one can wonder where the next powerful ideas will be coming from in terms of killer mobile applications. After the hype with casual games and the usual set of tools (better to-do list, better email client, better… , remotes…), and as the app stores are now super-filled, inventing and promoting relevant mobile application is far from being a breeze. Yet, mobile apps is probably the most growing field in the computer world…read more
Finally got to try out in-flight Internet on a Delta Seattle-Atlanta plane. Totally seamless experience, the connection seems quite stable and even VPN get through properly! The only thing I’m missing is power plugs (although for some odd reason there is a usb-power plug under my seat). It’s amazing to see the cloud getting a bit more ubiquitous.
This booth tour of Imagination technology, the makers of the PowerVR chip that powers the Motorola Droid is fascinating. They announced that the chip they are currently designing and that will be found in mobile phones will provide “graphics comparable to the PlayStation 3 in three years”.
Apparently Verizon will be offering a Skype Option to their data plans for Skype use. Still “coming soon” on Verizon’s dedicated site.
Icrossing released a retty interesting map with the market share of mobile web browsers worldwide. Dominic Parker from iconnect comments: This map shows the popularity of different mobile browsing platforms country by country, with some interesting results. Appleâ??s dominance can clearly be seen, with the iPhone and iTouch accounting for over half the market in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany and Japan. The Android platform has its largest share in the US and the UK, but has a much weaker share in other countries. This could change in the…read more
I’m back from MWC 2010 and finally found some time to settle down and write a few notes about my feelings about this year’s show. Apart from the cold and rain (unusual in Barcelona), a few main points were very striking during this MWC: All the phones manufacturers have now taken the smartphone angle and are heavily basing their strategy on Android. LG, and Motorola and 100% Android and Samsung came up with Bada, his home-cooked linux mobile which isÂ very impressive. Nokia now has a clear roadmap about Symbian…read more
Despite the Foursquare / Gowalla hype, Mobile LBS really isn’t a new thing. But, it seems like this time are buying it ! Yet there’s nothing innovative in Foursquare’s service. The confidentiality issues remain, but apparently the fact that firing up the application lets you win mayorships or medals or points somewhat make things acceptable by those who have been criticizing previous LBS service. Yet the market, fueled by local ads, is a completely new territory to address which may be as big as Google’s Adwords. As usual it’s chicken…read more