Mobile Morning Coffee (01/03/12)

The most relevant mobile stories from the past 24 hours, served with cream and two sugars.

Today: RIM Co-CEOs might be out as Co-Chairmen, predicting the year in Apple products, and you would not believe how many apps were downloaded over the holidays.

Lazaridis and Balsillie to be ousted as co-chairmen, report claims (via BGR)
The Financial Post on Tuesday reported that RIM will soon shake up its corporate structure, likely removing both company co-founders from their current board seats. RIM board member Barbara Stymiest is currently the front-runner to replace Lazaridis and Balsillie.

RIM Slashes Price of All BlackBerry PlayBooks to $299 (via Mashable)
RIM has slashed the price of all PlayBook models to $299 in a limited-time offer that ends Feb. 4.

Is Apple’s 2012 iPad line aimed at every budget? (via GigaOM)
Apple’s next iPad could come in two flavors and be offered alongside the existing iPad 2, according to supply chain sources speaking to DigiTimes.

Apple’s 2012: What the year in iDevices and Macs will look like (via GigaOM)
GigaOM’s New Year’s resolution is to crank up the speculation on Apple’s 2012.

Palm Software Director: “We Just Weren’t Able To Execute” (via TechCrunch)
Did Palm overshoot or drop the ball with WebOS?

Are Text Messages Declining Worldwide? [VIDEO] (via Mashable)
Industry experts expect that cellphone users are sending messages in different ways, from social networking sites to iMessage.

Flurry: 1.2 Billion Mobile Apps Were Downloaded Over The Holidays (via TechCrunch)
That compares to an average of 750,000 mobile apps downloaded per week earlier in December, or a 60 percent jump.

iOS Closes Out The Year With 52% Mobile Web Market Share (via TechCrunch)
Android, meanwhile, had a 16.2% share, behind Java ME at 21.27%, which fell into second place.

Blippar raises seed funding from Qualcomm for mobile augmented reality technology (via TechCrunch)
Like other augmented reality startups like Layar and metaio, Blippar’s technology turns a smartphone’s camera into a ‘lens’ that shows virtual information on top of real-life objects, be it a link to a website, a digital coupon, a video or another type of promotion.

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