Top 10 Mobile Products Of 2012

Top 10 Mobile Products Of 2012

Cool phones are all well and good, but when it comes to generating user love for their devices, it’s the apps and services that really deliver. Our look at the top 10 mobile products reveals what was hot in mobile for 2012.

Defining the Post-App Economy

Defining the Post-App Economy

Even as the battle rages over native apps vs. the mobile Web, the real question is already becoming “What comes next?” Developers are looking for ways to disrupt the so-called “App Economy,” especially as it pertains to Apple’s handling of the App Store. Assuming that the mobile Web’s cross-platform openness carries the day, as it has so many times…

A Requiem For RIM

A Requiem For RIM

Since Research In Motion made BlackBerry synonymous with smartphones in the early aughts, the company has taken a pounding for mis-steps, delays, intentional blindness, equivocations and most tellingly, mediocre products.

Those brickbats have often been well-deserved, but RIM should also have earned some respect, if not love, for the important…

“If Facebook Were Built Today, It Would Be a Mobile App”

“If Facebook Were Built Today, It Would Be a Mobile App”

James Pearce, head of mobile developer relations for Facebook, likes to point out that “you and your friends don’t always have the same devices” or even use the same mobile platforms.

That’s a problem for the company, as it has to support all the major platforms, from Apple iOS to Google Android and beyond – often putting it in the position of…

For Google, to Play Is to Fight the Commoditization of Android

For Google, to Play Is to Fight the Commoditization of Android

The most profound thing I’ve heard lately was from a guy standing behind the counter of an empty RadioShack on St. Patrick’s Day in Boston. Smartphones are like the cereal aisle in the grocery store, he said. There are a thousand options but really, there are only a couple varieties. Applied to Google’s relationship with Android, what we see is…

Mobile Devs Interested in Google Over Facebook for Social Mobile Apps

Mobile Devs Interested in Google Over Facebook for Social Mobile Apps

Google and Facebook are in a war for user attention on the Web. This is not just about how many eyeballs are on Google+ versus Facebook but also from an end-to-end platform perspective. That includes messaging, application deployment, social graph implementations and content discovery. Like everything else in the world of technology, this…