Tag Archives: SDForum Mobile SIG

Dec. 2, 2010 SDF Mobile Holiday Event

December 2, 2010 in Palo Alto at Nokia, the SDForum Mobile SIG held a Sponsor Appreciation & Holiday Event. Sponsors presenting their 2011 initiatives were Microsoft, Nokia, Orange and SAP. Bruno  Terkaly of Microsoft gave an overview of Windows Phone 7 overview for consumers. Tony Kueh of SAP’s Sybase talked about payments, carrier provisioning, SMS and MMS transactions. Satya  Mallya of Orange talked about apps, systems integration and and running multiple operating systems. Samir Agarwal of MeeGo explained how MeeGo is true open source and a handset will be available in the first quarter of 2011.

Joe Jasin took an audience survey of 47 people about which of the many OS’s which were the top 3 for the audience to develop on presently. I did not believe the the results, but maybe it was just the crowd:

Android 25
Symbian 3
Brew 0
Microsoft 6
MeeGo 6
Apple 8
Palm 3

Jasin also asked “If Facebook were to have an OS ready tomorrow would you develop on it?” The answer was a unanimous NO! He was surprised, and said, “Wow, now lets get the age demographic in the room.”

I would like to thank Joe Jasin for his contribution to this article.

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Oct. 12, 2010 SDF GetJar Bruce Jones

On October 12, 2010 in Palo Alto at Nokia, the SDForum Mobile SIG hosted Bruce Jones of GetJar’s presentation “Beyond Mobile App Store Distribution — Is it a b2b gold mine or b2c fool’s gold?” GetJar is the largest cross platform app store with a scalable open architecture, independent of any carrier or device manufacturer. With a billion downloads annually, Jones says it has “an attractive ROI platform and a fair revenue sharing model. GetJar has the broadest scalability supporting over 2,300 handsets as opposed to just one like the Apple iPhone.” Revenue is made from app companies with pay per download to consumer or white label app storefronts. GetJar’s favorite bay tech area partner is www.deviceanywhere.com.

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May 6, 2010 SDF MeeGo Mobile Open Source

On May 6, 2010 in Palo Alto at Nokia, SDForum Mobile SIG presented “Meet MeeGo – Open Source Development Opportunity in Mobile Computing” with Jim Zemlin of The Linux Foundation, Samir Agarwal of Nokia and Peter Kronowitt of Intel. They discussed the project structure, platform contribution process and unique development opportunities in mobile open source. The MeeGo project combines Intel’s Moblin™ and Nokia’s Maemo projects into one Linux-based, open source software platform for the next generation of computing devices using a common development framework called Qt.

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Mar. 4, 2010 SDF Wedbush and MoSoNex

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On Thursday March 4, 2010 in Palo Alto at Nokia, the SDForum Mobile SIG hosted “Digital Media End-User Demographics and Generations” to discuss mobile consumption and distribution in the current mobile markets. The convergence of digital media in telecommunications and the Internet is spreading to all age groups and across international boundaries. Text from DJCline.com

Scott Sutherland, Managing Director of Technology Investments at Wedbush gave one of the best snapshots of the mobile industry so far. There are seven billion people on the planet, five billion have cell phones and one billion have Internet access. Mobile devices are now the dominant computing platform on the planet displacing desktop or laptop computers. The mobile market is fragmented by carriers, manufacturers and regulation. Companies that control hardware, software, content and the distribution network will eventually marginalize this crowded field. Text from DJCline.com

Who will dominate? Carriers jealously control access to get their percentage of texting and video. Hardware and software players push for proprietary standards. Content developers try to guard their content with DRM. Each of these controls only a part of the mobile market. Apple controls every aspect of the customer experience except the network it must get from carriers like AT&T. Google controls software with Android and arguably access to content, but does not control the hardware or network. The growth of WiFi could bypass the carriers entirely. The winners will be those who can dramatically simplify the situation for users. Text from DJCline.com

Gurminder Singh, Ph.D. CTO and COO of MoSoNex has devised such a solution. He wanted to send family pictures from America to his mother in India. He sent them to a relative’s cell phone living in the same house as his mother. While it took seconds to send the pictures half way around the world it took a month to transfer the pictures from a cell phone to a TV. Text from DJCline.com

MoSoNex has figured out how to simplify this process. You set up a friends and family network with all the players identified for easy access. You can then take a picture with your cell phone and send it to your grandmother. She can watch it on her iPTV or any other device like another cell phone. He also understands the broader implications of sending this beyond family and friends. I think you could make the group as large as you want and become a one man CNN by charging subscribers or selling ads. Text from DJCline.com

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Sept. 3, 2009 SDF Android

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On September 3, 2009 in Menlo Park at the Orrick campus, SDForum’s Mobile SIG hosted Marko Gargenta of Marakana. Gargenta helped create the The San Francisco Android User Group (www.sfandroid.org). He talked about the Google – Android mobile handset operating system and the eCommerce store called Android Market. He also discussed a concept for deploying a TV series to multiple platforms and connecting its community of fans using locative media. Text from DJCline.com

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Apr. 29, 2008 SDF Digital Media Quarterly

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On April 29, 2008 at Fish & Richardson in Redwood City SDForum Mobile SIG hosted the Digital Media Quarterly to discuss business models, pitfalls, technology, and controlling content. Richard Horning of Fish & Richardson moderated a panel including Neal Hansch of Rustic Canyon, Eric Ries of IMVU, Todd Sawicki of Lookery, Richard Yen of Blueprint Ventures and Jian Zhang of Tradescape, Inc. Text from DJCline.com. Continue reading Apr. 29, 2008 SDF Digital Media Quarterly