I’m back with my weekly updates after a short hiatus due to the Thanksgiving long weekend. Over the past two weeks, the carriers have really come into the media spotlight with their aggressive ad campaigns – Verizon attacking AT&T on 3G coverage and AT&T responding to Verizon with their overall coverage area.
As I mentioned in my last update, AT&T took the Verizon commercials so personally that they fired a lawsuit to try and stop the Verizon ads. Ultimately, AT&T dropped the suit this week, but I really like this battle. Why you ask? It’s simple – the carriers are finally refocusing the attention on their core value of being a SERVICE provider. It’s why they are in business. It’s why consumers use them. I feel that the carriers lost focus of their core competency during recent handset wars and started to think they were simply handset retailers and focused too much time on exclusivity, handset features, early termination fees, etc etc. The tone of the new battle is correct – my network is better than your network. It’s where they should be fighting, so let the best network win. Don’t you agree?
I’ve been watching the handset trends closely, especially with all the recent Android buzz, and I’m trying to figure out who the players are going to be in 5 years. In my last update, I said that I don’t believe Palm will make it. Nokia on the other hand does have its problems… but knows it has problems, and this week announced a plan-of-action for 2010. I like it. They plan to re-engineer the user interface for Symbian (world’s number one mobile OS), streamline their product portfolio, and focus on touchscreens. Can they execute to it? Only time will tell, but I really hope so. The market needs it. Android needs competition with their open source OS to prevent a monopoly in the mobile handset market like Microsoft has with PCs. We can’t count on Windows Mobile or WebOS, so hopefully it’ll be Symbian.
Here is my weekly series on the handset announcements, rumors and analyses:
- Tons of new Android handset codenames unveiled in HTC’s Android 2.1 ROM
- Verizon makes Samsung SCH-i920 Omnia II touchscreen smartphone available to customers
- Samsung launches S5150 Diva folder with fashionable hidden LED display for women
- Review of HTC’s Pure for AT&T with wide-VGA touchscreen and a nice 5MP camera
- HTC Touch.B runs elegant Zune-ish interface over Brew
- Leaked Screenshots show HTC Hero running Android 2.1
- Review of Palm’s Pixi for Sprint, its second webOS smartphone
- Can Droid Hit 1M in 4Q?
- Nokia puts handset market growth at 10 pct in 2010
- Smartphone prices down by 3 percent: NPD Group
And finally, here are other articles on mobile I found interesting during the week you might enjoy reading:
- Google founder says Chrome OS and Android eventually to converge as one operating system
- Yahoo reveals consumer 2009 mobile search habits
- More than 60 percent of marketers see mobile video as important tool: KIT digital
- Android doubles smartphone traffic in 6 months: AdMob
- 9 unpredictions: What’s not going to happen with mobile in 2010
- Apple hit with iPhone digital camera patent lawsuit
- Klausner files suit against Motorola, RIM for visual voicemail technology
- Smart Alarm wakes you up early when the weather turns bad
- GPS Cell Phone Apps Challenge Standalone Devices
See or hear anything else interesting in mobile. Let us know by leaving a comment below.