We are happy to welcome back Tego Interactive, a go-to company for all things mobile headed by a team that likes to think outside the box. The COM — which brings together mobile thinkers and innovators — is a perfect place for Alfred DeRose and Brian Avery to walk us through the best of mobile blogging (and add their insights along the way), so let’s dive in!
Posts that made the COM this week include:
- Steve Litchfield recommends a recent from post from Ewan Spence making a case for Microsoft Windows Phone. A timely post indeed if we consider recent data from ABI Research’s showing that Microsoft is gaining significant momentum. According to senior analyst Aapo Markkanen, “One message we hear from many developers is that, purely technically speaking, Windows Phone is actually a rather appealing platform. And if it turns out to be a platform for relatively high-end devices, avoiding the fragmentation pitfalls of Android, it won’t even need to achieve a remarkably large market share to attract a vibrant app scene. The arrival of the first Windows 8 tablets, as well as Windows Phone’s upgrade to the Apollo iteration, should also give it a boost, since developers can reuse their code to launch on various screen sizes.”
- James Coops at MobyAffiliates dissects the OMGPOP’s game, Draw Something. A great post chock-full of usage and download statistics, revenues and financials.
- Mark Bridge at The Fonecast gives us the inside track on RIM.
- MobileGroove and UNTETHER.tv submit the 10th episode of their weekly video show M-Pulse. This time the guest is Bango CEO Ray Anderson, who talks about recent deals (Amazon, RIM, Facebook) and what developers need to know to ask for (and get) money from their customers.
- MobileGroove guest columnist Hillel Fuld shares his three tips for developers serious about generating more clicks and — ultimately— more revenues from their mobile apps.
- Lynette Anthony-Hundermark — who is a true Mobile Passionate — puts experience before technology and makes a strong case for the importance of user experience (UX) first. Our newest (and certainly most lively!) Mobilist also shares the details of her UX Masterclass Conference. So read one and enjoy!
- Tomi Ahonen is back this week with another thought-provoking post. The title says it all: The ‘Cliff Theory’ ie How Handset Makers Die, why in Mobile Phones do Companies Collapse so Rapidly (Siemens, Motorola, Palm, Nokia, Blackberry and Windows Mobile). It’s not a light right — but it is easy to see why Tomi’s blog was named a must-read destination for all things mobile by Forbes(!)
And, finally, Tego Interactive’s Pick of the Week goes to COM veteran and enthusiast Antoine RJ Wright, who shares worthwhile insights about the need for a contextual UI, or smart interface.
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