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List of 2012’s lists; how Google and Samsung ‘won’ 2012; ‘Vodabank’ - Telco 2.0 News Review

[Ed. Happy New Year from all of us here at Telco 2.0 - we hope that 2013 brings you success and happiness. We’re looking forward to the brainstorms in Silicon Valley, 19-20 March 2013, and Europe, 5-6 June 2013, and there’s a lot of great new research on the way too.]

The ten best mobile products of 2012 - Google Now is No.1 and Instagram is No.10? Here’s an effort to guess which were the biggest sellers. 5 technologies for 2012 - notably the Nook and the stylus. Data Center Knowledge has a review of its own 2012 in Review posts, with at least 400% more giant sheds than any other review of the year. Wired’s best and worst apps of 2012. Twilio’s five Christmas Voice 2.0 apps. The BBC Internet Blog’s year. Tomi Ahonen’s year-end stats dump puts Samsung on top of the pile. The 3G & 4G Wireless Blog’s top 15 posts of 2012 by hits - apparently what people most wanted was to hear about was LTE handovers. Here’s the New York ISOC chapter’s discussion of the World Summit on the Information Society. And here’s a list of lists of things from 2012.

Looking ahead, Matt Asay thinks the jobs will be in open source, not least because of the heavy Linux content of cloud and big data and the vast numbers of Androids floating about in mobile. Cloud providers see an increasing demand for the private cloud, for the following reasons:

  • Access to the hypervisor layer

  • Desire to manage oversubscription rates of physical resources

  • A mandate to lower costs

  • A need for increased performance

  • More control over infrastructure design

Which is very much what we expected in the Cloud 2.0 Strategy Report.

ReadWriteWeb thinks the startup world will swing towards B2B in 2013. Wired reviews their predictions for 2013 from 2003. AllThingsD predicts that hardware-software integration (i.e. “like Apple”) will be important in 2013, and suggests that Google will “get deeper into the integrated model”.

Which will be hard as they just got rid of their manufacturing…they also suggest that smart TV will be big this year.

Wired, for their part, points out that hardly anyone actually uses smart TVs, and their user interfaces suck. This isn’t a new insight but it’s a brave one in the pre-CES hype blitz. Meanwhile, Intel’s Internet-TV effort is struggling because of political issues with the TV networks and the studios. Engadget points the finger at TV release windows and suggests they should just be abolished.

And here’s a list of the best original Web TV programming; you may be surprised that Yahoo! Screen, their clone of the Google original programming channels, does rather well.

The story everyone cares about in the vendor sphere is this one, alluded to already, in that Samsung is now the No.1 vendor by shipments across all categories. Meanwhile, Apple iOS devices are over 50% of US smartphones, while Android is well ahead globally. Not surprisingly, with the same technology in similar markets, results are similar.

Tomi Ahonen claims to have spotted a rise in Symbian shipments in the numbers. This TechCrunch piece is almost as bearish on Nokia as Tomi is.

Elsewhere, Samsung went ahead with investing $3.9bn in its Austin, Texas chip plant, the one that makes the chips for the iGadgets, despite increasing suggestions that Apple might bring the job in house.

Samsung, for its part, has updated its own-brand messaging platform, ChatOn with a web interface and a more timeline-y approach. Their Galaxy Camera tablet-camera hybrid is reviewed.

Peter Eavis, between Christmas and New Year, but still after the story on HP and Autonomy. Here’s a rundown of the company’s position at the beginning of 2013.

RIM is planning to sell individual BlackBerry services on an unbundled basis in BB10. Apple’s pinch-to-zoom patent is thrown out. Pirating Windows 8 apps. And armed robbers hit the Paris Apple Store.

Here comes the Sony super-droid, with something called “backside illumination”

TheNextWeb will no longer be running an Android version of itself, instead going with an Apple solution and a web one for everything else.

Instagram has gone back on its new ToS, which its users thought might mean they planned to sell their photos to advertisers. It hasn’t prevented them flocking away, though, back to time-honoured Flickr, which deployed its new mobile app just in time to greet the exodus.

Ryan Block asks why you shouldn’t periodically review and delete online profiles. Meet Snapchat, the photo-sharing app that deletes your photos after 10 seconds.

In a must-read post on TechCrunch, Keith Teare argues that 2013 will be a depressing barrage of intrusive, repetitive, creepy, and poorly targeted ads as everything on the Internet scrambles to monetise mobile traffic. (Telco 2.0 was shocked by the number of increasingly needy and pushy mailers Amazon sent us over this Christmas. Amazon is usually a pleasant brand to be with; what happened to instigate all this noise?)

Barnes & Noble have sold a stake in the Nook to Pearson, the British textbook-publishing house and owner of the Financial Times, as part of an effort to broaden support for the device as a counter-Amazon strategy.

How much does Nokia Maps cost to run?

Vodafone considered becoming a bank and even, apparently, acquired an Italian banking licence, before turning back from the idea.

“I see that transferring money is an act of communication, and therefore we facilitate it but the more sophisticated these services become, the more it needs full banking [facilities] and full insurance.

“In the early stages [of mobile payments], the issue is ‘Take money, give money’. That is our job. Then it becomes take money, give money and get a little bit of insurance and have a current account. That’s a joint job [between mobile operators and banks]. But then, it becomes a full banking job.”

Vodafone India, meanwhile, is not particularly happy about the idea of re-bidding for their GSM spectrum.

Why isn’t Google Fibre offering telephony? “Regulation”. At least it wasn’t suicide bombers, who targeted MTN and Bharti in northern Nigeria.

Israel’s electricity grid is looking at FTTH. Would you want to manage a few hundred million Chinese online identity profiles?

Here’s some interesting discussion on small cells:

How did Apple become a design-led company? Some of the story is here, as are some early concepts for what became the Macintosh.

Anil Dash has a pair of big, controversial pieces on “the web we lost”. It goes interestingly with the Kevin Teare piece earlier on.

The Guardian’s web designers look at the breakdown of devices accessing the site and provide this fine chart.



‘Twas the night before Christmas, and throughout the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Because Amazon’s cloud had a major outage on Christmas Eve that took out Netflix. That’s an opportunity to link to this readout of Werner Vogels’ AWS Invent keynote we missed at the time.

Are your cloud providers’ terms of service a security threat?

CTIA Wireless moves to get out of MWC’s way. Antivirus doesn’t work. What happened to BuyThisSatellite, or rather, to the money people contributed? PA Consulting runs OpenBTS and FreeSwitch on a RaspberryPI.

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