By Jason Wong
Was 2010 a crazy year for mobility or what? We start with ‘There’s an app for that’ as the new ‘Got milk?’ catch-phrase. Android devices are being activated at a rate of 300,000 a day. Apple changed the game again with the iPad. RIM and Microsoft showed some life with their launches of BlackBerry 6 OS, the PlayBook, and Windows Phone 7. And we end with Angry Birds is the new Pac Man!
So as we head into 2011 what can we expect? Here are my gourmet predictions for the mobile world, and of course some food related prognostications.
- Microsoft will buy Nokia. Why? Sheer volume. Windows Phone 7 will not help them catch up to iPhone and Android so as a result they will buy Nokia for its vast market penetration and device OS which is popular outside the North American market.
- Richard Blais will win Bravo TV’ Top Chef All-Stars. He was clearly the best of the season and he is on a mission to win it with his avant-garde southern style cooking – as long as he doesn’t freeze off his fingers with all that liquid nitrogen.
- The RIM PlayBook will revitalize RIM in the enterprise and PlayBooks will outnumber iPads 2:1 in airport terminals. IT will embrace it and frequent travelers will demand it over their laptops.
- By end of the year, developers will favor building HTML5 apps for mobile and desktop Web over building native mobile apps. HTML5 apps are easier to build, are cross platform and provide just enough functionality for good everyday apps.
- Korean is the new Japanese. No, Kim Jong Il and his son won’t take over the world, but Korean food is sure making an impact here in the States. On the west coast you have the Kogi truck with their Korea-Mexican fusion fanatics and on the east coast you have David Chang and his army of followers. The Korean foodie forces are moving inland–bibimbaps will be in Kansas in no time!
- There will be at least one major mobile virus or malware attack. It’s just too tempting for hackers. Smartphones and tablets are everywhere and users are less security-minded when using their mobile apps and devices than they are with their desktops and laptops. This will be a wake-up call to the industry.
- The Angry Birds series of apps will be the first billion dollar mobile app franchise, but I still won’t buy it.
- The Next Iron Chef America on the Food Network will be David Chang. Hey, I’m following through on my Korean theme.
- NFC (near field communications) will be the new GPS. Every app maker will try to make use of it in their apps.
- HP’s webOS devices show up late to the party and can’t get any attention. This may be the final go for the Palm legacy. We salute you for your contributions to modern mobility.
Jason Wong is a founding member of Mobile Masters, blogging about the gourmet side of mobile. Follow him on Twitter @mobilegourmet