Welcome to the Carnival of the Mobilists 157 touching down here at mjelly.com after last week's Carnival over at Wap Review. Some great stuff in this week from the mobile 'A' list bloggers, industry thought leaders and people out in the trenches building the next generation of mobile. It's all here at the Carnival of the Mobilists.
Post of the week is tough as there are so many good ones ... I'm going to go for Tomi Ahohen's piece on The Nokia Decade because it is so much more than a blog post and really comprehensively covers mobile convergence - it's a bit of writing that you could go back to again and again.
The Mobile Market
Dean Bubley of Disruptive Analysis, the mobile consultancy, claims that The Mobile Industry is in a State of Denial about the Economy in a really thought-provoking post. Dean does a great analysis showing that whilst people might not decide to dump their mobile altogether there is going to be a lot of pressure on the mobile industry. For example, Dean suggest that the mobile network operators are going to be much more focused on reducing costs and consumers are going to be shopping around and more cautious with their mobile spending so things like the smartphone boom might come a bit unstuck. Killer post.
Ian Wood from Wireless Foundry looks at the state of the mobile Zeitgeist with a great review of the current status of the market across the entire network value chain from operators to handset and equipment vendors.
Patrick runs a really interesting blog I've never come across before called SMS is the New Black and has submitted a post seeing if people could live without their mobile for 3 days ... they couldn't ...
Mobile Business Models
MIR Show - jMac takeover - Andrew Grill from Mobile Industry Review on Vimeo.
Mobile Learning, Healthcare and Government
Judy Breck has noticed that Russel Buckley has included mobile learning in his predictions for 2009 post this year and specifically pointed people at Judy's blog if they want to know more about mobile learning. Judy provides a link to all the relevant mobile learning post on her blog.
From Education, to Healthcare to Government - Smartmobs Gerrit Visser points to a service called Tweetminster where you can find and follow British Politicians who are on twitter.
Mobile Internet and Browsing
Dennis from Wap Review has been running a cracking series of posts looking at the features of the mobile web browser Opera Mini and how to get the best out of them. This week's carnival submission is all about "Open Mini's Hidden Power User Menu" and it's a must read for any Opera Mini user that wants to get the benefit of Wap Review's expert in-depth knowledge of the application.
Andrea Trasatti has reviewed his experience with the browser, NetFront, running on an "average" mobile device, the SE V640i. Very good post pointing out that operators and handset vendors are really shooting themselves in the foot by not installing better native browsers like opera mini.
Mobile Handsets and Platforms
C. Enrique Ortiz also looks at the Palm Pre taking a critical look at their approach from the point of view of their existing customer base, given the fact that the new device is apparently not backward compatible with existing palm apps. Some great comments on the post already - read it and join the conversation!
That's all folks! Next week the Carnival is being hosted by the RadVision blog. So get your entries in!