Amazon’s Game of Phones, what went wrong with RIM + your smartphone isn’t social


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

RIM CEO on What Went Wrong and the Future of BlackBerry (via CIO)
In an exclusive Q&A,’s Al Sacco chats with RIM CEO Thorsten Heins on the current state of BlackBerry and how it fell from grace, what the company is doing to ensure things in Waterloo don’t get worse, and the product delay problems that have plagued RIM.

Where Does Amazon Fit in the Game of Phones? (via ReadWriteWeb)
Amazon may be stepping up its game in the mobile market. According to unnamed sources, Bloomberg reports, the e-commerce giant is developing a smartphone. Rumors of an Amazon Android phone are nothing new. But if Amazon does enter the Game of Phones, will it be able to succeed in the competitive landscape dominated by companies like Apple and Samsung?

RIM corporate customers preparing for switch to iOS, Android (via BGR)
Corporate clients, the cornerstone of RIM’s customer base in several key markets, are making plans to jump ship after the delay of the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, Bloomberg reports. Robert Cockerill, the head of infrastructure at the London-based Thames River Capital UK, tells Bloomberg that the latest delay of BlackBerry 10 prompted him to hire MobileIron, a mobile device management company that helps business users keep their data secure on iPhones and Android devices. The report says the move makes sense for Cockerill since he expects “much of his staff” to switch to iOS or Android.

Applits Turns App Development Into a Crowdsourced Lottery (via BetaKit)
NY-based startup Applits also wants to get in on the idea market action. Like SellanApp, it wants to help app concepts become a reality, but it’s hoping a less complicated approach with a guaranteed pay day for the people coming up with all the ideas is a more attractive proposition.

How to Curb Aggressive Mobile Ad Networks (via ReadWriteWeb)
Advertising is the financial lifeblood of the Internet. In the dawning mobile era, ads have invaded smartphones and tablets. Yet not every mobile ad provider plays nice. According to Lookout Security, 5% of free mobile applications include “aggressive” ads that invade privacy, change settings or deliver ads outside the context of the app, affecting 80 million downloads. What can app developers and ad providers do to curb aggressive ads, respect user privacy and enrich the ecosystem for users?

How Placed maps mobile app usage down to the store (via GigaOM)
Placed Founder and CEO David Shim says the company wants to change the discussion around mobile analytics away from metrics such as how long an app was open or someone’s basic location for simple geo-targeting. The question Placed wants to answer, he told me during a recent call, is “How does context of place impact what people do within a mobile device?” Thanks to a database of more than 300 million locations, Placed users can slice and dice data by geography, time of day, business name, type of business — 400 criteria total — to determine where and when their users are engaged with their apps.

8 Ways Mobile Developers Can Make The Most Money On Their Apps (via TechCrunch)
Have a mobile app? Wondering if advertising can help you make money from that app? Here are eight must-know tips to help you turn mobile app inventory into dollars.

Your Mobile Phone Is The Least Social Device You Own (via TechCrunch)
No buzzwords are more prominent in today’s Silicon Valley lexicon than social and mobile. They’re so big that they have their own love-child buzzword, SoLoMo (social-local-mobile, the nerd equivalent of Brangelina). Sadly for buzzwordians: mobile is not really social, in the consumption context anyway. Building for mobile requires us to dig deeper into the role it fills in our life.

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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