As the COM Coordinator & Connector it’s great to host the COM over at MobileGroove, my own website providing analysis and commentary on all things mobile.
Posts that made the COM lineup include:
Tomi Ahonen brings us another excellent and (predictably) controversial blog focusing on what he calls the “catastrophic situation with Nokia’s smartphones unit and the Lumia line.” Tomi’s blog is also the Pick of the Week.
Mobyaffiliates has a double-dose of mobile advertising insights. One looks at Facebook mobile advertising. The other outlines the pros and cons of rich media advertising.
Jonny Evans over at Orange Business blog brings our attention to a post and infographic expertly identifying the security implications of the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend and the impact on businesses everywhere.
Chetan Sharma brings us another installment of his U.S. Wireless Market Update, providing us insights about the market in 4Q2011 and forecasts for 2012. As with ALL of Chetan’s reports, its an essential read. The next global update will be released in April 2012.
MobileGroove brings us a pair of posts for the two-week period this COM covers. First off is a companion analysis of the latest episode of M-Pulse, the weekly video show with UNTETHER.tv. They welcome Caroline Lewko over at WIP (Wireless Industry Partnership), who walks us through her new must-read guide for developers (PDF). Another post from MobileGroove is a podcast interview with BJ Emerson, VP of Technology at Tasti D-Lite, a company that literally wrote the book on SoLoMo.
The Voice on Telecom suggests that all companies (retailers, banks, the works!) could drive money (and more importantly, stickiness) if they were able to support/enable voice, text messaging and video chat via their own sites.
Anne Thomas provides a post, playfully titled Unrequited love on mobile web, that makes a hard case for mobile-optimized sites.
Nigel Scott submits several posts, but the one that makes this week’s lineup is a hard look at the business value of gamification.
Nigel’s other posts are were:
Ged Caroll draws from his personal observations (overhearing a loud business meeting and pitch) and draws our attention to deeper questions about the state of the Android ecosystem.
Steve Litchfield has a double-dose of mobile blogging for us. First, he takes us back 10 years to recount the top 10 Qwerty Symbian phones. The second blog comes from his colleague David Gilson and looks at the evils of Micro SIM cards.
Lynette Anthony Hundermark, new to the COM, sends us two submissions as well. First, she road tests a mobile-optimized site by Four Seasons and critiques its (many shortcomings). Her second post didn’t make this lineup but it does earn an honorable mention. A self-identified ‘Apps Girl,’ Lynette walks us through her first-hand experience with the new Ster-Kinekor mobi site http://www.sterkinekor.mobi/. Check out the post here: http://mystechblog.com/post/8820372116/is-there-still-an-urgency-to-have-apps-when-you-have-a
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