9/10 tablets sold are Wi-Fi only, devs choose Google over Facebook + everybody can make an app now


Your Tuesday Mobile Pint: the top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.

Venmo opens mobile payments social network to the public (via BetaKit)
Venmo provides a way for friends and small groups of users to pay each other relatively small amounts (think settling a bar tab or splitting the dinner bill) via apps and SMS quickly and securely, from either bank accounts, credit cards or their Venmo balance.

Make An iPhone, Android App Without Knowing A Line Of Code (via Fast Company)
By using JamPot’s web interface, pretty much anyone, no matter their coding expertise, can create a smartphone app and have it running on their device within minutes. They’re not web apps, not a clever HTML5 app-like experience–they’re genuine native apps, optimized for each platform’s particular foibles.

Sorry, carriers, 9 out of 10 tablets sold are Wi-Fi (via GigaOM)
In his most recent wireless market update report that summarizes the industry in 2011, analyst Chetan Sharma suggests that carriers aren’t a needed distribution chain for slates; at least not yet.

Mobile Devs Interested in Google Over Facebook for Social Mobile Apps (via ReadWriteWeb)
In Appcelerator and IDC’s quarterly report on the trends of the mobile industry, 39% of developers answered that Google’s total assets were more important to them than Facebook’s social graph. Considering the huge lead that Facebook has in the social space, this is a bit of a coup for Google.

How Akamai Plans to Speed up Your Cellular Service (via ReadWriteWeb)
Akamai is working from each end to create efficiency for mobile applications and the carrier’s pipes. Today it is announcing a new initiative distinctly designed for mobile optimization: Aqua Mobile Accelerator. The new project is a brand of Akamai’s Dynamic Site Accelerator (DSA) program specifically designed for applications delivering loads over HTTP which can be both mobile websites and native applications.

Despite The Name, Report Finds “Mobile Games” Are Played Most Often At Home (via TechCrunch)
Despite its name and connotation, 44 percent of gamers play “mobile games” on the couch versus playing in … really any out-of-living room location, “including time spent traveling or waiting,” the study says.

Roaming: the missing piece to the smartphone-Wi-Fi puzzle (via GigaOM)
If Wi-Fi is really to going to be going to be a key component of mobile broadband networks, operators need to figure out how to get dozens if not hundreds of disparate Wi-Fi networks to interoperate. Otherwise operators won’t be able to take advantage of the tremendous economies of scale gained by sharing Wi-Fi infrastructure.

Teknision’s Chameleon Aims to Be The Next Tablet OS (via BetaKit)
Teknision, an Ottawa-based design firm, recently revealed its Chameleon project to the world, which is a version of Android ICS built specifically to show off Texas Instrument’s OMAP 5 mobile platform, a chipset designed to power smartphones and tablets. TI came to Teknision when it wanted to show off what its next-gen platform is capable of, with a special focus on transitions and animations.

About the author

Douglas Soltys

Douglas is the former Editor-In-Chief of Inside BlackBerry, BlackBerry Cool, and QuicklyBored, which he launched as a mobile gaming industry site. His knowledge of mobile and social media led him to a job at RIM (BlackBerry), where he got to travel the world and do lots of cool things. He is often left-handed, but rarely sinister.

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