Tag Archive: Mobile

Path and Instagram are making Facebook look incredibly uninventive at mobile

Nov. 30, ‘11: As the “mobile Internet” becomes the Internet, one big question about Facebook is: Will it remain the dominant mobile social network, or will it be replaced by a mobile-first or mobile-only social network? Size is on Facebook’s side. The company … Continue reading →

Is the Facebook phone too late to matter?

Nov. 21, ‘11: Facebook still reportedly plans to launch a phone — but maybe not for another year. Here’s Liz Gannes and Ina Fried, reporting for All Things D: Code-named “Buffy,” after the television vampire slayer, the phone is planned to run on a … Continue reading →

5 questions about the Amazon smartphone

Nov. 17, ‘11: Amazon is preparing a “mid-end” smartphone that could launch by the end of next year, Citi analyst Mark Mahaney reported today, citing work by colleague Kevin Chang. Assuming this is true, it’s easy to understand why Amazon would want to … Continue reading →

Why Apple’s iPhone market share actually matters

Nov. 15, ‘11: While Google Android’s share of the smartphone market soars, Apple’s is drooping. Last quarter, Android represented 53% of smartphone shipments, according to Gartner — some 60 million devices shipped worldwide. That represented three times more Android shipments than the year-ago … Continue reading →

iPhone 4 and 3GS were best-selling U.S. phones in Q3, despite age and slowdown

Nov. 14, ‘11: The top selling smartphones in Q3, via research firm NPD Group: Apple iPhone 4 Apple iPhone 3GS HTC EVO 4G Motorola Droid 3 Samsung Intensity II The iPhones topped the charts in Q2, too, but it’s interesting that they continued … Continue reading →

The dumbest thing I’ve ever written about Flash

Nov. 9, ‘11: From the they-can’t-all-be-winners department, writing for Silicon Alley Insider on Dec. 13, 2007: How Palm Can Beat Apple’s iPhone: The Flash Phone [...] If Palm wants to make a real splash and compete with Apple, it needs to go after the … Continue reading →

Facebook acquires HTML5 “app delivery network” Strobe

Nov. 8, ‘11: Here’s Strobe CEO Charles Jolley, who previously headed up MobileMe app development at Apple: Strobe was founded on the belief that HTML5 can transform the way average people use their mobile phones through apps that are available everywhere, anytime, on … Continue reading →

How much data does Siri use?

Nov. 1, ‘11: Ars Technica’s Jacqui Cheng investigates. Short answer: Not much — your 3G data bill is safe. Also: Apple’s future, as predicted 15 years ago

Sony’s smartphone problem: Software!

Oct. 27, ‘11: Sony just bought its partner Ericsson out of their struggling mobile phone venture, Sony Ericsson. Now Sony is apparently going to try to become a big player in the smartphone business. Ignoring how late this move is, here’s the bigger … Continue reading →

Nokia’s first Windows phone looks good: Now for the hard part

Oct. 26, ‘11: It’s called the Lumia 800 — wasn’t that an early-90s minivan? — and it looks good, as far as these things go. Now Nokia and Microsoft need to figure out how to sell it to people who already have plenty … Continue reading →