Saturday, 20 December 2008

No jetpacks -- just yet

As the year draws to a close it's a great time to gaze into the future and take a look at what the next 12 months might bring for the mobile industry.

Here goes:

Nokia purchases Yahoo, replaces Ovi services
Nokia goes on a massive spending spree as it continues its transition into an internet company, purchasing Yahoo for a snip below $2bn.

Asus and the EeePC become mobile devices

Netbooks plummet in price prompting a further consumer migration: mobile developers include them on all product roadmaps

UK carrier gives up its retail business

One of the 'Big Five' calls time and opts to focus exclusively on wholesale

Carrier decks open up
The growth of 'off deck' usage forces all carriers to transition from a closed, profitable system to a profitable open system

Mobile market take shape

Nokia, Vodafone, Google and Apple face off for mobile services dominance. No Microsoft. Apple and Nokia will not win.

Motorola put out of its misery
Someone purchases the Motorola brand for devices and uses it for their existing white label business

Twitter finds a way to monetize
We don't know how, but it enables Evan Williams to hold off a potential Google acquisition

Zune sells well in the US

Microsoft's long-predicted Zune phone doubles their mobile revenue, but has no impact on iPhone sales

India makes waves

The next BIG THING on mobile comes from India - takes Europe and US by surprise




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