Mobile Trends Highlights

Kleiner Perkins is one of the most successful venture capitalist firms in the world. They have funded household names like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Intel among many others. They are a world-thought leader in predicting what is coming in the future, often because they are a part of picking the best ideas and helping to shape

Techniques on Increasing User Engagement

If you’re getting ready to have an app built for your company (or perhaps you already have one and are deciding on your next move), you’re probably asking yourself how you can convince consumers to use your app, in order to make it a worthwhile investment? The answer is to make use of habit forming

BBM Channels for Businesses

BlackBerry has, in an explosive fashion, finally released BBM on Android and iOS. The popular chat application is now available for the two most popular smartphone platforms in the world. The Android application has exceeded 10 million downloads in just over 1 week (SOURCE). Between Android and iOS, BlackBerry claims to have added over 20

Month in Mobile: March 2013

March was a month of BlackBerry, more BlackBerry, Android, and more Android. On March 13th, about two weeks following the launch of BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry announced the largest single order of its devices in the history of the company: 1 million BlackBerry 10 devices. The purchaser is Miami-based electronics distributor Brightstar. This significant achievement means

Why Smaller Tablets and Larger Phones Need Apps

During my presentation at the CANHEIT (Canada Higher Education IT) conference last year, a gentleman asked me something along the lines of, “what about app development for tablets? Do you need to create a new app, or can you just blow up the smartphone version?” I explained how the use case is often different and

Month in Mobile: February 2013

February – the month of cold, snow, love, and mobile (as always!). We saw some interesting and controversial things happen this month. Here are some of them. For consumers First and most importantly, the BlackBerry 10 operating system (OS) was released early on in February, alongside BlackBerry’s flagship device, the BlackBerry Z10. The upside to

So You Think You Know Smartphones?

Take a minute to guess the top five smartphone vendors in the world for Q4 2012. … You probably guessed Samsung and Apple, and then maybe HTC, LG, Sony, RIM, Microsoft, or Nokia. You are partially right. International market research company IDC reported last Thursday that the top five smartphone vendors, and their respective market share,

Understanding Native Apps

Mobile apps can either be developed for specific mobile platforms or web-enabled devices. These are commonly referred to as “native apps” and “web apps,” respectively. As mentioned in Part 1 (Understanding Mobile Platforms), the different kinds of apps determine the reach, quality, and price of development. This blog will discuss the most noticeable pros and

Understanding Mobile Platforms

There’s no question that mobile apps have become a necessity, especially as smartphone and tablet sales rapidly increase. They are not just a mobile extension of your website or another form of advertisement; apps are actually a new medium that revolutionizes customer service. Businesses are now using mobile apps to enhance brand image, engage and

The Rise of the ‘Droid

Everyone has been talking about it; Android’s rapid move to the top spot in consumers’ minds. According to the Nielsen report from March 2011, Android had surpassed Apple’s iPhone to acquire 37% of the smartphone market. Recently, Google announced in its second quarter of 2011 that it activates 550,000 Android devices per day! One year

The Future of Media

Today I spoke at the Association of Electronic Journalists Prairie Regional Pro conference. The audience is a grouping of TV and radio new reporters and editors from the prairie provinces. There were many reporters there who I met previously while doing interviews. The talk was in a room of about forty people and the topic

Native Apps VS Browser Based Apps

There is a raging debate happening in development circles across North America right now – Which approach is best for development on a mobile device. Should we use a native application coded in Objective-C for example or should we use a browser based approach? It is a question that people on both sides of the

Four Ways The Mobile Web Will Affect Marketing

The mobile web and app market is going to explode over the next couple years. The growth of smartphones and tablet devices are what will fuel this growth. What many don’t know is that Canadians are quite prevalent in the mobile development space…