This year sure starts fast. At the end of last year we saw Nokia announcing their new touch UI N97. I personally like the fact that it in addition to the touch UI it also has a QWERTY keyboard.
Anyways analytics are already making scary predictions for other players: http://www.forbes.com/personaltech/2008/12/02/nokia-netbooks-apple-tech-personal-cx_bc_1202nokia.html
"N97 device could compete with low-cost laptops. Not that the N97 meant to compete, directly, with the Asus Eee PC, Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 or HP's Mini 1000. That, however, is what makes it so dangerous: The N97 isn't a laptop scaled down to be more portable and more connected. "
Anyway back to 09. Finally someone took the leap and changed the DRM issue in music. This time unsurprisingly it was iTunes i.e. Apple. Why on earth is Nokia always following behind? Nokia surely has more "power" OR are they in fact powerless due to the operators?? I feel that it is both: Have to keep operators happy and at the same time shareholders/investors, so being revolutionary/first might scare people.
Here a link to the iTunes news: http://www.internetnews.com/ec-news/article.php/3794556
There is more news on the way. Behold of CES related news:
** Need to recharge your phones battery "wirelessly": http://www.powermatusa.com/
Yet again please keep in mind that this is new and stuff like this will surely evolve. At the end all surfaces could be charging your electronics.
** Also what has previously been addressed in this blog has been the 3D and sunglass style video "watching". Anyways also here big changes are happening: http://www.vuzix.co.uk/
There has also been quite much talk on receiving some electronic surfaces right "inside" your eye. It is supposed to work similarly as a contact lens.
** LG Electronics has announced a "watch" phone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QR50ZcHrmC0&feature=related
Other interesting news is that at least some firms dear to show the mobile marketing results: http://www.mobilemarketer.com/cms/news/commerce/2211.html
"Pizza chain Papa John’s International Inc. has generated more than $1 million in sales from mobile Web orders in less than six months after offering that option to consumers.” Other milestones include: "Papa John’s earlier this year crossed more than $1 billion in overall online sales – up from $400 million in 2007.”
Last "post" item is in my opinion the best: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUnA7HzGFbo