Lots of interesting recent articles and information on mobile phones, mobile devices and mobile computing. Way too much to post on. Here are the ones I found most interesting:
1. Mobile phone sales continue to grow. According to Strategy Analytics there were 290 million cellphones shipped in Q1 of 2008.
2. Marketing Charts (great site, BTW) has a post on IDC's Q1 cell phone sales number. They say 291.6 million were shipped. They also have market share numbers by major vendor. Nokia leads with almost 40% of the market. They also have a recent post on mobile display advertising.
3. These sales numbers are likely why movie director Spike Lee and Nokia are teaming up to make movies designed to be viewed on cell phones. According to an article in the NY Timess this is an experiment for both Lee and Nokia. Quote from the article on why they are doing this:
"The project is an experiment for Mr. Lee, but it is also a way for Nokia to promote its wares. Cellphone companies are all trying to position their products not just as devices for talking, but as multimedia devices that can play music, search the Web and capture video."
4. More from Strategy Analytics. They are forecasting that consumers and advertisers will spend $102 billion on mobile media in 2012.
5. Good article on News.com about the linkages between mobile and cloud computing. This is something we've posted on in the past and continue to research. Our current research is focused the impact of the combination of mobile computing, cloud computing and the local internet will have on small business.
6. Gizmag has a review of the HTC Shift, which is an ultra compact mobile computing device. It is a great example of one of the many mobile computing device form factors competing for consumer acceptance.
7. A little older (March) but something I missed is Forrester's forecast that European mobile internet usage will surge over the next 5 years.
8. The BBC says Cuban cell phone use is expanding due to Raul Castro easing restrictions.
9. Korea is a leading edge market for cell phones, so it is always worth seeing what is going on there. According to Telecoms Korea half of all cell phones on the market in that in country in 2011 will have touch screens.
10. The LocalMobileSearch blog has a post on the increase in mobile phone only housholds. It is up to roughly 12% in the U.S. Meanwhile, the percentage of of land line only households is down to 16%. The data is from the Center for Disease Control, which I find an interesting source. I think Twitter is much more detrimental to health than cell phones.
The growth of mobile computing was the top technology trend for 2008 on our Consensus 2008 Technology Trends list and also on our 2008 Top 10 Small Business Trends list. The vast amount of coverage this sector gets shows just how quickly computing is going mobile.