Your Tuesday Mobile Pint: the top mobile stories from the past 72 hours, good to the last drop.
24% of Americans plan to buy the new iPad within the next three months (via BGR)
Among current iPad owners, 48% were interested in purchasing the new iPad, with 35% of those already owning an iPad 2. The survey also found that 29% of international respondents were looking to buy Apple’s latest tablet, compared to 24% of Americans. Among new buyers, 42% of those planning to purchase the tablet have never owned one before.
Pretzil Raises Second Angel Round for Mobile Content Discovery (via BetaKit)
The Pretzil team just closed a second angel round for an undisclosed amount after securing $300,000 in their first round. Pretzil’s solution involves utilizing social tools and game mechanics to enhance the user’s experience in discovering apps.
Shipments of NFC-enabled handsets reached 30 million units in 2011 (via BGR)
Global sales of NFC-equipped smartphones increased tenfold to 30 million units in 2011, according to a report from Berg Insight. The research firm estimates that by 2016 there will more than 700 million handsets with NFC capabilities.
For Google, to Play Is to Fight the Commoditization of Android (via ReadWriteWeb)
Android is a strong ecosystem, but for Google it has become a weakened brand. Android has the power to buoy Google’s other floundering media properties. Play is part of Android, but it’s also the hub of the company’s bicycle spokes.
Feds to carriers: Let’s share the airwaves (via GigaOM)
Instead of clearing the 1755-1850 MHz block of all government transmitters, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is recommending that federal agencies and mobile operators share the airwaves, splitting time over the same frequencies between commercial and government use.
Follow-Up: Nokia’s Odd Innovation Problem May Be Microsoft (via Fast Company)
Microsoft is trying a bunch of tricks to boost its new smartphone business. It must be frustrating for Nokia.
How many Kindle Fire models does Amazon need? (via GigaOM)
The key to expanding the lineup of Kindle Fires — if there’s even a need for two or three more — will come down to Amazon’s ability to manage component prices and subsidies.
Why does Apple care so much about SIM cards anyway? (via GigaOM)
Apple loves to control the entire experience of its products, and when it comes to the iPhone and now iPad, the biggest uncontrollable element is a customer’s wireless carrier. And having a say in the SIM card, in theory, pushes Apple closer to the long-term goal of controlling every aspect of its mobile devices.