Tag Archive: Mobile

Exploring The New Foursquare

Jun. 8, ‘12: The big-picture thing to remember for a company like Foursquare, which has raised a lot of venture capital, is that growth is what keeps the lights on. If your growth isn’t accelerating — or, worse, you’re not growing at all … Continue reading →

Motorola Will Be Google’s Most Interesting Project Yet

May. 22, ‘12: Google’s $12+ billion Motorola deal is closed, and Google veteran Dennis Woodside is taking over as Motorola CEO. Now the fun begins. For a variety of reasons, this has the potential to be Google’s most interesting project yet. This is … Continue reading →

Microsoft Isn’t Just Losing Smartphone Market Share: Its Mobile User Base Is Actually Shrinking

Apr. 24, ‘12: Few technology markets have exploded over the past few years like the smartphone industry. This has made a fortune for Apple, where the iPhone business should pass $100 billion in sales this year. And it has been great for Google, … Continue reading →

Why Facebook’s $1 Billion Instagram Deal Is Brilliant

Apr. 9, ‘12: So Instagram is now Facebook’s property. $1 billion in cash and Facebook stock, less than two years in business. Pretty sweet deal for the Instagram team. But it’s also a brilliant move for Facebook. Why? Not only does it now … Continue reading →

’100 Or So Actual Phone Names’

Mar. 22, ‘12: Pretty funny list from Matt Buchanan at BuzzFeed. I’ve been wondering: Under Google’s ownership, will Motorola still name phones things like the “Razr Maxx”? Just seems cheap and lowbrow.

Flurry: China’s iOS and Android activations passed U.S. for first time ever in February

Mar. 21, ‘12: Peter Farago, writing on Flurry’s blog: In January 2011, the U.S. accounted for 28% of the world’s total iOS and Android device activations, while China accounted for 8%.  In February, Flurry calculated that China surpassed the United States in monthly … Continue reading →

Square’s Sexy Growth Curve

Mar. 5, ‘12: It is easy to be skeptical of Square, which — while very cool — also feels like it must somehow be overhyped. (Why did my local café stop using it? Why don’t I ever see it in use? Can it really replace most cash … Continue reading →

AT&T always reserved the right to throttle your 3G data

Mar. 5, ‘12: At MacRumors, Jordan Golson looked through old AT&T terms of service documents, and found clauses like this: AT&T reserves the right to (i) limit throughput or amount of data transferred, deny Service and/or terminate Service, without notice, to anyone it … Continue reading →

If You’re Still Whining About AT&T’s 3G Data Throttling, You’re Part Of The Problem

Mar. 5, ‘12: It’s pretty simple, really. AT&T’s data network is a finite, constrained resource. We know this because it still sucks most of the time. (In my experience, at least.) This costs money to continue to improve. Meanwhile, AT&T needs to make … Continue reading →

Facebook’s Mobile Problem Isn’t Ads — It’s The Product

Feb. 6, ‘12: In a well-circulated New York Times article, Jenna Wortham notes that Facebook doesn’t make any money from mobile. Despite a ton of mobile users — about half of its 845 million monthly users — it’s going to be a significant challenge for … Continue reading →