I'm pleased to have the Carnival of the Mobilists stop by for it's fourth visit since I started blogging a year ago, Welcome to new and old visitors. It is starting to feel like family is visiting, short enough to make it interesting, not too long to make it a drag, especially on short notice!
Being on the cusp of the Beijing Olympics "things" are a little summer slow so lets try to jazz it up with some scintilating mobile subjects. You be the judge of this week's gathering.
Stepping first into the sand pit and volleying into what's closest to my fan base---SMS messaging. C. Enrique Ortiz at About Mobility in "SMS 5 year Outlook"reviews a recent research study by ABI Research, which projects that SMS specifically will capture 83% of all mobile messaging revenues through 2013. He power spikes recent web commentary on the not surprising once and future Emperor of messaging--SMS.
Coming off a week of fundraising for his new venture, Justin Oberman at MoPocket, in "Get Pulled Over without a headset?" provides proof positive of local state constabulary pulling over handsfree violators, and has found a vendor providing gratis hands-free headsets to those caught in the police dragnet.
Barbarba Ballard at Little Spring Design asks: "So what does 'full web browser' mean anyways?" Asserting that if every last bit of the standard is 100% supported, what can one expect with "trigger scripts" and whether touch functionality, e.g. iPhone, is forging new assumptions for mobile web developers.
Dame Judy Breck of Goldenswamp, in "On line R U really Reading?" triple jumps into the debate on whether adoloescents--and presumably others--are really "reading" while on line or whether the network of ideas and knowledge on mobile web is actually something much more.
Chetan Sharma, at Always on Real-Time Access in "Revisiting 2008 Predictions" hurdles a mid-year review of his survey of 2008 predictions by mobile insiders. Head on over to AoRTA and see which has the highest probability based on the wisdom of this select mob. BTW--also check out Chetan's book, "Mobile Advertising: Supercharge your Brand in the Exploding Wireless Market" which is the best in class covering the mobile advertising and marketing segment
Over at Mobile Messaging 2.0 (where I've recently been tapped to be to be the Managing Editor), new contributor Tarek Abu-Esber in "Moblogging 2.0?" covers the convergence of blogging & mobile and how two companies, Spinvox and Moblog are leading the charge.
Vision Mobile via Venessa Measom, sprints across the tape with the relaease of Vision Mobile's Industry Atlas wall chart which is a who’s who in the mobile handset industry. Quite informative overview of handset design, hardware, software, SIMS, content and services.
Making the turn to more technical events, Malcolm Lithgow at SmartDreaming in "Usability Comparo: Nokia 6220 Classic vs Sony Ericsson G700/G900" compares and contrasts S60 (as found on the Nokia 6220 Classic) vs. UIQ 3 (as on the G700/G900 twins) from a usability perspective. Supposedly the Nokia's ('fantastic') feature set contains serious flaws that undermine its superiority, and S60 and UIQ 3 have numerous differences.
Ajit Jaokar at Open Gardens in "E-28 off the shelf hardware running Android" covers the impact of open source and Android platforms on handset vendors, which is a follow up to an earlier post challenging the comparison of mobile ecosystems and operating systems.
And finishing strong at the turn, Ofir Leitner, at NextGenMoco, in "Battle of the Mobile Platform" provides a cautionary developer's tale on the recent shift in emphasis in developing to new platforms such as Android--see above--and the peril in abandoning developing for more established platforms such as J2ME. Couldn't agree more with his simple premise on a complex topic...and by looks of the many comments he's touched a hot nerve in the mobile developers' sphere.
That crosses the tape and it looks like everyone is heading home after this week's CoM. Don't forget to visit the show when CoM # 136 convenes next week at Allabout iPhone. And about women's volley ball--I lived in Beijing across from Chaoyang Park in 2005. Chaoyang Park is the Olympics Volley ball venue. Wish I could be there for the next two weeks--as does my 12 yr old son whose hormones have kicked in this summer--that's his choice pic for this week. OVer the next two weeks, put down that phone and pick up a flat screen and watch out for China's Chen Xue of the women's BVB team. 19 yrs old, 6'3" of lithesome power with an over the net killer spike. A sleeper who will emerge at the Olympics especially if she medals. Thanks for the visit!!