- The number of U.S. smartphone subscribers surpassed the 100-million mark in January, up 13 percent since October to 101.3 million subscribers.
- Google Android ranked as the top smartphone platform with 48.6 percent market share (up 2.3 percentage points) followed by Apple with 29.5 percent market share (up 1.4 percentage points). RIM ranked third with 15.2 percent share, followed by Microsoft (4.4 percent) and Symbian (1.5 percent).
- 74% U.S. mobile subscribers used text messaging on their mobile device, up 2.8 percentage points.
- Downloaded applications were used by 48.6 percent of subscribers (up 4.8 percentage points)
- Accessing of social networking sites or blogs increased 3.4 percentage points to 35.7 percent of mobile subscribers.
- Game-playing was done by 31.8 percent of the mobile audience (up 2.6 percentage points)
- 24.5 percent listened to music on their phones (up 3.3 percentage points)
22 Jan 2012,
Cupertino, CA, USA
Global Indian Technology Professionals Association (GITPRO) is hosting a conference on “Emerging Technologies and Opportunities for Professionals and Entrepreneurs” on 18th Feb 2012 at Palo Alto, CA. With three parallel tracks focused on Technology, Career & Leadership and Startups, this conference is best suitable for everybody from technology to entrepreneurs.
Iconic serial entrepreneur and entrepreneurship coach at Stanford University, Steve Blank would be delivering a keynote. The CEO of Persistent Systems, Anand Deshpande, would be delivering keynotes at the conference.
The Technology track is full of experts on Big Data, Hadoop, Cloud, Mobile and Social Computing. They are coming from Greenplums, Cloudera, HortonWorks, Microsoft, IBM, ThisMoment, AdMaxim, and GloMantra.
The Startup Bootcamp at GITPRO World 2012 would cover everything that an entrepreneur should know from launching a startup to a successful exit. Successful startup entrepreneurs, VCs, sales & marketing executives would be guiding aspiring entrepreneurs.
The GITPRO World 2012 has sessions specially focuses on career and leadership related topics covering various aspects like managing with influence, evolving from individual role to manager and leader, mid career accelerators & Mid-Career Switch and job opportunities in 2012.
This event would provide a unique opportunity for Indian Technology professionals for networking with fellow professionals, technical experts, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, career coaches, and VCs.
GITPRO is a global networking platform for Indian Technology Professionals for their professional and self-development and their contribution back to the profession, society, and people of US and India. GITPRO, started in 2009, has chapters in Silicon Valley, Contra Costa Valley, Seattle, DC, Denver in US and Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune in India.
Earlier this year I had published my Predictions for 2011. Now it is time to analyze them:
Prediction 1: A Year of Tech IPOs:
“But definitely LinkedIn going IPO this year and followed by Facebook. After rejecting Google’s acquisition attempt, Groupon is also positioning to go IPO.”
Analysis: 50% As predicted LinkedIn and Groupon went public but Facebook has timely gone slow. The IPO market was heating up but in the choppy market due to European crisis it has gone cold.
Prediction 2: A Year of Merger and Acquisitions :
“Big companies are sitting on a pile of cash would like to acquire small companies this year before the valuations goes up. There is a micro-bubble in in area. Just this week Huffington post got acquired by AOL at a huge premium. AOL earlier bought TechCrunch too. After digesting Sun, Oracle’s exec team now be free to look around for new acquisitions. However, Salesforce is a very priced up to get acquired by Oracle. There can be a potential in Cloud computing like VMWare / EMC. On enterprise Apps space, SAP may be an interesting acquisition target (may be HP?). There are rumors about Twitter acquisition by Google or Facebook.”
Analysis: Oracle acquired RightNow at $1.5 B and Endea at $1 B (and many at unknown prices) however did not acquire VMW or other big ones. HP bought Autonomy at 8.5B instead of SAP. Skype got bought by Microsoft at $8.5 SuccessFactor got acquired by SAP at 3.5B. National Semiconductor got acquired by Texas Instruments at 6.5B and Varian got acquired by Applied Materials at 4.5B NetLogic got acquired by Broadcom at $3.7
M&A activities picked up but different companies than I thought. Yes. It is difficult to predict precisely but can be predicted broadly.
Prediction 3: Gadgets :
“Smartphones and Tablets: Both would continue their rapid ascent to new heights.”
“The usage of smartphones would increase in the emerging markets too. “
“Though iPhone would lead the innovation and elegance in giving rich user experience, Android already crossing iPhone with a potential of having the largest share of smartphone OS.”
Android Share is larger than iOS
“Windows7 would have better momentum too.”
Windows Mango has been launched and well received.
“HP’s acquired Palm technology Pre / WebOS would pave its entry in devices. Its tablet would wait for Apps developers mindshare .”
HP did not get developers mindset hence initially discontinued from the market and now Open sourced WebOS.
“Due to various mobile OS, cross devices platforms for mobile Apps development would have more momentum.”
Android is gaining in this.
“On Apple side, it would continue to innovate both iPad (not only iPad 2.0 but iPad 3.0 may come out too). “
iPhone 4S has voice interactive personal assistance (SIRI) and iPad 2.0 came out (but not 3.0)
“Tablets would eat market shares of notebooks as well as of eReaders” Yes. Almost killed NetBooks and eReaders are now becoming tablets : example Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
Prediction 4: Personalized Content:
“Tablets would give much-needed momentum to online digital content. With the information overload, the importance of personalized content would become a necessity..”
Analysis: Yahoo and New York times announced Personalized News. myBantu serving Personalized News at samachar.com Ziet got acquired by CNN. Many readers on iPad are coming up. I like Feedly.
Prediction 5. Cloud Computing:
“Cloud computing would start becoming a reality in the enterprises with their own private clouds. May Cloud computing infrastructure startup companies would have a good momentum . After ridiculing Cloud Computing last year, Larry Ellison would share Oracle’s big push in the space.”
Analysis: Oracle OpenWorld main theme this year was on Cloud Computing. Oracle announced many offerings from IAAS to PAAS to SAAS. Cloud Computing startups are doing good.
Prediction 6. Social Apps: “What started as a social networking phenomenon for consumers, would become an active area of interest for enterprises. Enterprise Apps and vertical applications as well as consumer portals would pour huge investment in enabling their apps to social media. Social CRM, Social Analytics, Social commerce, and Context based computing would start becoming buzz words and in next few years this would be one of the major area of investments.”
Analysis: SalesForce acquired Radian6. eBay added Social Commerce to platform X and Magento Opensource. Oracle announced Social platform. Many startups are pouring in this space.
Google announced today that it is buying Motorola Mobility at 12.5 billion with 60% premium. At prima facie, this move may seem like Google’s entry into mobile hardware devices to challenge Apple. However, Google never positioned itself in hardware or devices moreover. So, if Google is serious about entering into making mobiles, it would be in a direct competition with vendors like Samsung, LG, HTC who are manufacturing mobile devices on Google’s Android platform. This would negatively impact the partnership. As per Google, since Android is open-source, this move by Google should not cause any worry to the mobile devices manufacturers. Of course, this comment would not reduce the worried of the devices manufacturers. so, would Google really enter into the mobile device manufacturing? What is the rational for paying such a huge amount for buying ailing Motorola Mobility? Is there any other reason behind this? May be there can be another motive of this buy. For that, we need to see what was happening in last few weeks.
Recently Apple and Microsoft bought 6000 patents portfolio of Novell. Google was bidding for the same but lost the bid. A consortium led by Apple and Microsoft paid 4.5 billion for the patent portfolio. Immediately Google complained that Apple and Microsoft are ganging up to choke Google’s Android platform.
On this background, it is important to note that recent buy would give Google an access to Motorola Mobility’s 17,000 patetns and 7500 patent applications . May be it is the patent war that compelled Google to throw $12.5 b for Motoroloa Mobility. Or is it Google going to be serious to take on Apple in its mobile devices turf?