When the Android excitement dies down, developers will start to consider the new Android OS to be a mixed blessing at best.
With the digital content market continuing to evolve, service providers today are no longer limited to a distinct number of services.
For mobile operators, multimedia messaging service (MMS) held the promise of added revenue and additional sticky services to reduce churn.
So many questions. So few answers. Yet Wireless Week asked wireless industry representatives what they expect in the new year. There was an air of optimism and confidence despite the challenges. The hot-button topics never strayed far from themes of the economy, broadband, mobile media, customer service and improving the bottom line.
In those early years, as the wireless industry struggled to build out individual markets, sift through the many regulatory challenges and emerge from the stereotype of a rich man’s toy, the magazine also worked mightily to deliver vital technology and business information.
The Tribeca Film Festival in New York City this year featured a “mini movie studio” where several thousand people were able to make 15-second made-for-mobile movies and send them to their handsets.
The number of text messages sent and received in the United States may surpass voice calls, but voice still is the main reason most people buy mobile phones. Still, technology and applications companies continue to find ways to use voice on a phone for things other than having conversations.
Recent market exit announcements cast doubt on how much more value TI and Freescale offer in basebands than do silicon foundries such as TSMC and Chartered in conjunction with independent packaging and testing houses.
Easy navigation, speedy performance and uncluttered designs are some of the goals designers strive for when making user interfaces for mobile phone applications. Meeting those goals wouldn’t be difficult if only one kind of phone existed.
In a long-awaited move, the FCC elected to allow unlicensed use of so-called “white spaces,” unused spectrum allocated to TV broadcasting, for broadband data transmissions. This decision was surrounded by controversy and fierce lobbying on the part of powerful business interests.
At the recent CDMA Developers Group Conference held in San Diego, one of the central topics was the migration of 3G networks to 4G, which for this conference anyway, meant both LTE and WiMAX (next-generation WiMAX).
No matter what the femtocell architecture is, there are significant risks to network availability and service integrity that mobile operators need to plan for and employ defenses against to prevent or mitigate these threats.
With the current economic climate, wireless operators face shrinking marketing budgets and reduced consumer spending.
Globally, the credit crunch is very much alive, and operators will be tightening their belts into the foreseeable future by putting off capital purchases.
Call it Murphy’s Law’s first cousin: If there’s a technology target that can be hacked, hijacked, corrupted or otherwise compromised, there are countless cyber-criminals who will be only too happy to oblige.