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Mobile Industry Trends

2011 was a pivotal year for the mobile industry, marked by the dramatic rise of smartphones in the mainstream, the burgeoning of tablets and other web-enabled connected devices, and a cultural shift toward cross-platform digital media consumption.

 

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In April 2011, Forrester came with a forecast that projected the mobile application market size to be $54 billion by 2015. Of this, $17 billion was for mobile application development services. This is the specific market which Chatty Solution participates in. It is the clear indication that there is a huge opportunity for Chatty Solutions and our partners. Needless to say there will be numerous players vying for this market, but the size and diversity of the market is such that there is plenty of room for many players to excel in, especially those who are leading in innovation and excelling in execution.

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The U.S. Department of Justice has approved Google's acquisition of mobile-phone and tablet maker Motorola Mobility for about $12.5 billion, following the European Commission's approval earlier in the day.

Google is still waiting for approvals from China, Israel, and Taiwan before the deal is final. Canada's investigation is also ongoing. The search giant still says it hopes the acquisition will close in "early 2012."

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Google announced its agreement to acquire Motorola Mobility, including 17,000 patents and 6,800 applications, in August. Many analysts saw the deal as an effort by Google to protect its Android operating system from patent claims by competitors.

Rockstar Bidco, a partnership including RIM, Microsoft, and Apple, was formed to acquire Nortel patents in a June bankruptcy auction. The group paid $4.5 billion.

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Apple, most visibly, introduced a free version of a group messaging service called iMessage that lets Apple users form their own chats with other Apple users. Many of the services folded, and two of the flashier ones, Beluga, and GroupMe, were snapped up by Facebook and Skype, respectively.

On Tuesday, however, GroupMe is hoping to recapture some of its original novelty with a new feature called Experiences by GroupMe. It aims to help the users of its service plan group activities with their friends — and pay for them.

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There is a significant shift going on this year, much more significant than we saw last year, from web to mobile. It is most noticeable in games, social networking, music, and news, but it is happening across the board and it presents both great opportunity and great challenges.
Mobile native services like Foursquare & Instagram have the most to gain from this transition. Big feature rich web apps like Facebook and Google have the most to lose from this transition.

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IDC predicts that by 2015 smartphone sales will reach 982 million and according to Morgan Stanley, by 2014, mobile web users will surpass ‘traditional’ desktop Internet users. Travel firms, it seems are taking this seriously too; a recent Airline IT Trends survey finds that nine out of ten airlines are planning to sell tickets via mobile by 2015.

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