Friday Mobile Pint – Apple buys Chomp + SMS 2.0 coming to MWC
The top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.
Apple Acquires Chomp; App Store Search And Discovery To Be Completely Revamped (via TechCrunch)
This is not a cheap “acqui-hire”, Apple has bought the Chomp team and technology and plans to use both to completely revamp App Store search and recommendations.
Netflix: We Have No Plans To Support BlackBerry Devices, Including The PlayBook (via TechCrunch)
Which is weird, considering Netflix could likely port its Android app to PlayBook in about 10 minutes.
Facebook: Social trumps searching for mobile apps (via GigaOM)
The company published a blog post Friday morning outlining how it believes the Facebook can help developers concerned about the discoverability problem.
SMS 2.0 could make its first appearance at MWC (via GigaOM)
IP services developer Mavenir Systems is launching a new cloud messaging platform next week that could turn carriers’ staid old text messaging into a much more vibrant communications platform on par with services like Apple’s iMessage. But most importantly the technology preserves SMS’s most valuable asset: its ubiquity.
Throttling unlimited data plans is pointless, study finds (via BGR)
Expect our own Jennifer Daly to weigh in on this issue soon.
The Smartphone Revolution Is Over (For Now) (via Fast Company)
Among the varied designs, operating systems, and technical specifications coming from a long list of manufacturers, one thing is clear–there’s really not an enormous amount of innovation going on. The smartphone, it seems, has hit an evolutionary dead end.