Reading this article for the Mobile and Communication class, I found interesting that several companies (Google, T-Mobile, Microsoft, Rimm) are focusing on wireless applications market places. It seems that with the organization of these markets, opportunities in the mobile industry will expand even faster, especially for mobile application developers. For Microsoft, that “presents a philosophical dilemma” according to the article’s author, Skymarket may represent a new and completely different strategy, which “embraces the democratization of software revenues with 3rd party providers”. As we know, Windows Mobile has been struggling for years with customer experience, so I believe that a neat, democratic, and profitable change will be more than welcome.
1. Apple iPhones have been working well with several Google applications, such as the YouTube channel and Google maps. How are things changing with a fiercer competition between Google phone and iPhone?
2. Microsoft Live Search is being used as search engine on all Verizon phones, including BlackBerry (RIM) models. Is it likely that Rim will utilize Skymarket? Or will they prefer to develop their own applications market place?