This is the second time this year that I have the honor of hosting the Carnival of the Mobilists, a collection of some of the best writing about mobile over the past week. I decided to make it a sports-themed carnival this week, as Euro 2008 is in full swing and there is a carnival-like atmosphere in many of the cities of Austria and Switzerland where some very highly mobile soccer teams are playing their matches (not to mention the fact that I’m a diehard Holland fan and their performance against Italy and France so far has been nothing short of spectacular). But, we’re getting off-track. So let’s flip a coin, pick sides, and have some fun with this week’s overview of the latest happenings in the world of mobile…
Andreas Constantinou at VisionMobile takes the opening kick-off by explaining the key revenue models used in mobile open source, a total of seven to be exact.
A quick pass to the mjelly blog reveals a very colorful post that analyzes Gaviscon’s (indigestion medicine) ads on the London underground for a branded “Journey Planner” mobile application through advertising a shortcode on the ad. Are they convinced it works? Read the post to find out.
Next, Peggy Ann Salz of msearchgroove attempts a shot at goal when pondering if there is money in mobile search syndication as she reviews BooRah, a restaurant search engine that aggregates restaurant review content and buzz to let users search for what they want how they want it. Does she score? Jog over to her blog to find out.
After an exciting opening, the remainder of the first half is devoted to a dazzling display of passing and teamwork in all areas of the pitch, as the crowd is heard chanting, “iPhone, iPhone”.
Michael Mace at Mobile Opportunity shares some thoughts on the 3G iPhone announcement. He focuses on what was NOT announced, as well as things that stood out to him such as “lower” pricing and developer limits. In addition, he asks, “what’s next?”
He passes on the question to Jason Devitt at Skydeck, who gives us his predictions for the iPhone 3G (you will need to scroll down a ways as he first gives us a long list of his previous predictions. His first prediction is that Apple will blow through its original target of selling 10 million phones in 2008. For the other predictions you will need to read his post.
Andrew Grill gets in on the game by letting one of the London papers do the talking with regards to the new iPhone.
Peter Genuardi at the Connection Cafe has an attempt as well and states that improved browsing with the new iPhone will open the doors for online engagement.
Tomi Ahonen from the Communities Dominate Brands blog then responds on the counter by arguing in a long post that despite the new iPhone’s GPS capabilities, mobile services that are based purely on location based services will still not work. Read his excellent post to find out why, and what to do instead.
The folks over at the FoxTrax Blog respond with a well-played one-two this week. iPhone, therefore iAm discusses the impact of the new iPhone on companies like Garmin and TomTom. The post is countered by Pat Responds: iPhone, therefore iAm, in which the author argues that the new iPhone will not necessarily become a GPS killer.
Phew, that was a great half, time for a break!
The second half kicks off with mopocket’s Justin Oberman Mordy Gilden (Did I get yellow carded on that one!!), who asks what makes a smartphone smart, and comes up with a few definitions at the end of the post. Whether or not they are useful or just add to the confusion is up to you to decide.
Sachendra Yadav also submitted a dazzling one-two. The first post lists eight reasons why mobile video calls haven’t taken off. This is followed by a post that argues that there may be a niche market for mobile video calls after all.
Igor Faletski at Mobscure asks what the world would be like if every mobile had a standard service like Twitter.
Education and Mobile
Judy Breck proposes her plan for education of the future in Whither Education? A 3-Part Policy: No more pencils, no textbooks, no more searching gobbledygook. What does she mean by this? Jump over to the Golden Swamp to find out. This post scores the winning goal for me!
Dennis Bournique over at the WapReview squeezed in a last minute attempt at goal with his post about Mobile Camp SF 2, a well-written summary of this ”unconference” and it just shaved the crossbar! That’s the end of the game!!
Thanks for stopping by at this episode of the Carnival of the Mobilists! The final whistle has been blown and the excitement has subsided for the time being. However, next week’s edition will be hosted by Rudy de Waele at mTrends. You can send your submissions for Rudy to email@example.com.
Image Credits: Euro 2008 mascot from
“Holland – Fans” from chrchr_75′s photostream,
“Euro 2008″ from nullnullminus’ photostream,
“Euro 08 – Vienna FanZone, Day 1″, from webguruAT’s photostream,
“Euro 2008 – Holanda 4 – Francia 1″ from BLOGARJONA’s photostream,
“Faces of Victory” from nacaseven’s photostream,