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.
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