It’s been a busy month for Nokia. Early this month, the company announced the layoffs of 10,000 workers globally and this week it was confirmed that the current Lumia handsets (i.e. 800 & 900) will not be getting the full upgrade to Microsoft’s latest mobile OS, Windows Phone 8. Read More…
Another big week in the books and another exciting week in the FiddleFly offices. While LeBron was busy infuriating half the country, and the other half was busy donating money to a verbally abused bus monitor, we here at FiddleFly had our wheels spinning fast. We introduced a host of new features, published a few great articles around the web, and even had time to collect some of our favorite stories from around the world of mobile to share with you. Check them out:
• When the Windows phone hit the market, there seemed to be a major split in the public’s opinion of the it. Some loved it, some dismissed it as a last ditch effort to cling to relevance, Whatever your thoughts on the subject, it seems the folks developing software will be buying in as a new report from the market research and strategy firm VisionMobile shows that 57% of developers say they plan on developing for the Windows phone. Read More…
Whichever side of the Microsoft vs. Apple debate you may happen to lie on, one thing we can all agree on is that in recent years the trend has gone the way of Apple introducing innovative hardware and the folks at Microsoft scrambling to compete. We saw this happen in the form of the Apple’s Powerbook (and later the Macbook series) followed by the eventual introduction of Microsoft’s Gateway laptops, then again when Apple unveiled the iPhone and proceeded to dominate the market even after Microsoft finally released its Windows phone.
The latest incarnation of Microsoft walking amongst trails blazed by Apple has just this week gotten some buzz from techies around the world, and comes in the form of Microsoft’s upcoming tablets, known as Microsoft Surface. Though the pair of tablets (or as Microsoft labels them, “fully branded computing devices”) do not hit the market until the third quarter of this year, teasers are already popping up all over the web and some folks are beginning to speculate that Microsoft’s new toys may just have the leg up on the new iPad. Read More…
Maybe there was simply some lingering cheer left over from the holiday weekend, or maybe there’s something in the air that the rest of us aren’t seeing, but yesterday it seemed the climate was just right for some huge, HUGE checks to be signed. We all heard about team Zuckerburg and its billion-dollar acquisition of everyone’s new favorite photo sharing program Instagram, but the Facebook gang wasn’t the only one making game-changing moves on a not-so-quiet Monday.
Yesterday, Microsoft announced it would be buying 800 patents from AOL for just over a billion dollars, and, not to be outdone, AT&T announced its own billion dollar deal, selling its majority stake in Yellow Pages to Cerberus Capital. All of these transactions made big headlines in business publications worldwide, but as always our interest is focused on the mobile world, which promises to see a significant impact from each of these deals.
The obvious place to start in this discussion is with the darling deal of market Monday, which saw Facebook realize its biggest weakness, photo sharing, and address it by tossing a defensive billion dollars at one of its biggest threats. While the deal was a genius tactical business move (if you can wrap your head around the concept of spending a billion dollars being tactical), it also promises to have some major impacts on the mobile web landscape.
With Facebook being the most downloaded app of all time, and Instagram climbing the charts faster than any app ever, the two forming an alliance makes perfect sense and is sure to change the way we share photos on the go. We’ve already seen the folks at Facebook make big strides in supporting the mobile web with their commitment to web-based apps, and bringing one of the most effective mobile photo sharing companies along for the ride will only help their case.
AT&T may have been on the other side of the buyers and sellers table yesterday, but that certainly doesn’t mean the company won’t see a benefit in terms of its mobile presence thanks to yesterday’s blockbuster deal. While selling a down-trending company won’t necessarily skyrocket AT&T’s business, and the company itself admits it expects to see little financial benefit from the sale, jettisoning Yellow Pages will allow AT&T to turn its focus to mobile initiatives in a hope to compete with competitors’ growing businesses.
While AT&T was cutting the fat to look to the future, Microsoft was busy doing some strategizing of its own. AOL has long been looking to transition to a more media-focused initiative, recently purchasing The Huffington Post and Techcrunch, so Microsoft was happy to buy up 800 tech patents from AOL, many of which were mobile-oriented. Microsoft has been very publically trying to keep up with competition in the mobile game such as Apple and Google’s Android market, and the acquisition of a slew of new patents may be just the beginning for the tech giant.
So, which billion-dollar baby will have the biggest impact on the mobile world? Well, despite the insistence from the folks at Facebook that nothing will change at Instagram, the sale likely has the most immediate implications of the three moves. Easier sharing of better photos, all streamlined through the mobile landscape, will almost instantly change the way we connect and communicate.
In the long run however, the new weapons that Microsoft acquired may end up being the biggest game-changer. We’ve seen Apple falter sans-Steve Jobs before, and considering some recent slip-ups, it’s not altogether crazy to think it may happen again. Of course, there’s a new rival that Microsoft will have to face head on this time around in the form of a little company called Google, but however the game shakes out, it’s going to get interesting.
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