A pair of new studies are predicting what many observers have called a forgone conclusion: the mobile application market is ready to explode.
Pegged at $4.1 billion globally in 2009, revenue from mobile apps -- including downloads and mobile ads -- could rise to $17.5 billion by 2012, according to a study from Chetan Sharma Consulting, which was sponsored by independent mobile app store GetJar.
BlackBerry users are falling out of love with their RIM smartphones and eyeing sexier competitors, according to market research firm Crowd Science.
In a brand loyalty survey, Crowd Science found that 32 percent of BlackBerry owners would swap their smartphone for the Google Android-based Nexus One. In comparison, only 9 percent of iPhone users said they'd make the switch.
In the wake of its acquisition by Oracle, many of Sun's IT bigwigs took flight (by choice or otherwise). Today, one of them landed, as Tim Bray, Sun's former director of Web technologies, started his first day at Google. And with Google's rivalry with Apple building, it's worth noting that Bray wasted no time firing a verbal volley or two.
Ramping up its war on Microsoft's business applications, Google has opened an online store that lets third-party developers sell on-demand software that's integrated with Google's Web services offerings.
Plans for the store, dubbed Google Apps Marketplace, were leaked to the Wall Street Journal back in February, but Google has been officially mum on the concept. On Tuesday evening, the company pulled back the curtain on a program that already includes 50 vendors.
The PC is taking its last breaths, if you believe Google executive John Herlihy.
"In three years time, desktops will be irrelevant," Herily, Google's VP of global ad operations, told attendees at the Digital Landscapes conference in Dublin Wednesday, according to Irish tech site siliconrepublic.com. "In Japan, most research is done today on smartphones, not PCs."
Can a single day go by without Google getting involved in some kind of legal proceeding? Google, whose lawyers have been very busy recently, may not be the direct target of Apple's lawsuit against HTC, but Apple is taking legal aim at phones that use Google's mobile Android operating system.
Apple filed the suit Tuesday with the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. District Court in Delaware, claiming that HTC is infringing on 20 patents related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture and hardware. According to the court filing, the patents "cover generally various software and/or hardware technologies that can be incorporated into mobile communication devices, including cellular phones and smart phones."