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Brands producing apps only for iPhone

, posted: 14-Jun-2010 13:11

There were two local applications announced in New Zealand last week that caught my eye.

The first is from Sky TV and is for the FIFA 2010 World Cup. It has results, standings, team lists & profiles, photo galleries and supposedly 'extensive daily video coverage'. I say supposedly because there are 3 very negative reviews in iTunes and 1 good, and I haven't used it myself.

The second is a Fieldays application from Vodafone. It has a full list of 1,000 exhibitors by locati (read the entire post)...



Steve Jobs: Rock Star!

, posted: 11-Jun-2010 14:35

[Author's warning! This is quite a long post summarizing some highlights of the Apple keynote from WWDC 2010. I am unashamedly in awe of Steve Jobs new product presentations and I think I have managed to list some aspects of the presentation that I didn't see covered elsewhere. I may be under the influence of the 'reality distortion field']

Like many of you I kept an eye on the tech bloggers live from Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Fran on Tuesday morning NZ ti (read the entire post)...

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The features Kiwis miss out on with Android 1.6

, posted: 14-May-2010 13:15

Telecom and Vodafone have recently launched the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 which has great looking hardware capabilities but means that the most up to date Android device you can buy from any mobile operator in New Zealand is only running the very outdated 1.6 OS. SE have stated that a 2.1 upgrade will be available sometime in 'Q4' although exactly when this will be an how you do this upgrade is not clear. And of course 2.2 will already be out by then.

Meanwhile overseas a raft of devic (read the entire post)...



How can mobile operators add value to our Smartphone experience?

, posted: 29-Apr-2010 13:50

Over the last few posts I have been arguing that Apple's iPhone and Google's Android are breaking away from the other Smartphone vendors due to their combination of mobile devices + cloud services & apps + advertising + search eco-system. And from what we've seen so far it looks like Microsoft with Windows Phone 7 will be able to match this later in the year depending on their execution.

The clear trend across these platforms is that value added services are tightly integrated into t (read the entire post)...



Smartphone landscape at beginning of Q2 2010

, posted: 17-Apr-2010 15:40

Since I wrote an overview of the Smartphone landscape back in January we have seen an unprecedented number of major product announcements over the last three months, far more than at any time I can recall in my twelve years in the mobile industry. 2010 is a really exciting year for users and pivotal for a number of the vendors. The Smartphone space is running white hot being driven by the maturing mobile internet ecosystem with vendors making sure they stake out their share of what is becoming a (read the entire post)...



Android struggling outside the U.S.

, posted: 31-Mar-2010 12:26

In the United States (US) the total Smartphone market is growing very quickly and is predicted to reach 50% of all mobile users by Q3 next year. Total Smartphones shipped in 2009 was 27% up on 2008 with 2010 forecast to be up 38% again over 2009 - all during a major recession!

Clearly customers want devices that give them a great mobile internet experience for a wide range of on-line activities. Many of the so called 'Featurephones' have simply not been able to deliver this and leave (read the entire post)...



Apple just became an MVNO

, posted: 13-Mar-2010 08:00

Further details have just been released by Apple on how the 3G service will work on the iPad in the U.S. and it represents a paradigm change in mobile network usage. I don't think it is too much of a stretch to say that with the iPad Apple has effectively become a data MVNO (mobile virtual network operator), at least in the U.S. Whether they take a cut or not on the data plan they are managing the overall experience in a very elegant way from the users' perspective. The 3G service becomes part o (read the entire post)...

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Smartphones at Mobile World Congress

, posted: 22-Feb-2010 17:06

The rather pompously titled 'Mobile World Congress' (MWC) has come and gone for another year. This event is the successor to the previous GSM Conferences when the European GSM standard was fiercely battling the North American developed CDMA for global mobile supremacy. GSM effectively triumphed in terms of global user numbers although ironically it uses (Wideband) CDMA as the wireless link in its 3G version.


Two key reasons that GSM won out were the users' identity actually bei (read the entire post)...



Hey Google - time to get serious about Android

, posted: 3-Feb-2010 21:55

Hey Google,


[Author comment 10 June'10: this article was originally written in Feb'10 and since then Android has continued to grow very strongly in the U.S. It is still struggling outside the U.S. and I believe that most of what is written below still applies. In fact with Froyo 2.2 announced the OS fragmentation issue has gotten more confusing.]

I'm sure it's been a blast working on Android over the last couple of years but I am concerned that your focus seems to be (read the entire post)...



What is a Smartphone?

, posted: 28-Jan-2010 00:35

In a few hours Apple will finally be revealing all about their new tablet and probably an updated iPhone OS amongst other amazing things. So I'm going to get in quick with this blog before everything I thought I knew about the known universe is turned upside down.

Many of us are asked by colleagues, friends and family "What is a Smartphone" and I have to admit that I struggle with a simple answer. You can either provide a usage definition or a feature list definition. I am going to pr (read the entire post)...

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Tim Hayward
Auckland
New Zealand


Former 'Head of Smartphones' at Vodafone New Zealand Marketing from 2006 to 2009. Looked after all key Smartphone platforms, mobile pricing plans, marketing and sales GTM activity.

Now working on mobile application development consulting and delivery especially on projects requiring support across multiple mobile platforms (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian). Please contact me if you have any projects you'd like us to consult or quote on: [email protected]