Rumours! Amazon smartphone + iPad Mini + RIM cutting carrier fees


Your Friday Mobile Morning Coffee: the top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.

Amazon Is Reportedly Working On A Smartphone, But Cracking The Market Won’t Be Easy (via TechCrunch)
Sadly, the report is light on some of the juicier details — what OS it runs, how far along the project is, etc. — but there’s enough smoke here that it would be a surprise if there wasn’t any fire. Bloomberg’s report goes on to say that Amazon is bolstering its patent portfolio to give themselves some cover (sadly, this is a must for smartphone players), and Amazon’s acquisition of 3D mapping service UpNext suddenly makes a lot more sense.

Apple’s Rumored iPad Mini Sure Doesn’t Sound Like Apple (via ReadWriteWeb)
It is easy to imagine what the product would look like. Think of an overgrown iPhone or iPod Touch or an undersized iPad. It would be slender, easily held in one hand, with a brushed aluminum back and a thin bezel. Apparently it would not include Apple’s superb Retina display, but instead it would use glass that can be found in older products like the iPhone 3GS or original iPad. In short, it would be the quintessential mid-level Apple product. But here is the rub: Apple does not normally concede to market demands and release mid-level products.

RIM Cutting Carrier Fee Shows ‘Spiral’ Concern (via Bloomberg)
“Devices are definitely burning cash at a rapid rate,” said Neeraj Monga, an analyst at Veritas Research in Toronto. “They need to have the services business continue to give them cash so they can maintain their flexibility. April, May of next year could be a time of reckoning for RIM. It’s a race between what comes first: BB10, zero cash balance or an acquisition.”

Mobile ad spending may triple to $7.1 billion by 2015, study projects (via BGR)
Per Mobile Business Briefing, a new study from Juniper Research projects that spending on advertisements delivered in mobile applications will grow from $2.4 billion in 2012 to $7.1 billion in 2015, a nearly three-fold increase over the span of three years. What’s more, Juniper projects that advertising dollars spent on Mobile Messaging will increase eight-fold over the next five years, so users should get ready to deal with a lot more ads on their smartphones and tablets.

Five years after the iPhone, carriers are the biggest threat to innovation (via The Verge)
Instead of seeing the benefits of free competition at the consumer level, the carriers are now exerting more control than ever before as demand for mobile devices skyrockets. Getting a device on a major carrier can take up to 15 months and cost millions of dollars; carriers are notorious for demanding custom devices in order to create customer lock-in. “Exclusivity is the bane of my existence,” says one source at a major phone manufacturer. “But it’s the only way business gets done.”

The Mobile Industry Is Ignoring the Rules of Consolidation (via PandoDaily)
At the same time, as companies are disagreeing on which stage we’re in, Apple stands apart from the chaos. It seemingly lives in-between the Scale and Focus stages. The company is consolidating its market share and crowding out smaller competitors, but at the same time, it continually works to dominate the supply chain with a near-monopoly on flash memory.

The Frankenphone: What a BlackBerry Windows Phone Would Look Like (via ReadWriteWeb)
There are three things to consider when thinking about a BlackBerry Windows Phone. Foremost, the features and user interface of Windows Phone would be central to the experience. Second, there would be the functionality and security of BlackBerry messaging and the proprietary network. Third, the misnomer in the equation – the fact that Nokia has developed a variety of features for its Lumia Windows Phone that Microsoft has adopted for the entire mobile platform.

Sometimes a phone isn’t a phone. So what is it? (via GigaOM)
With touch and the Internet, the original iPhone and smartphones that follow have started to treat voice calls and now SMS as what they really are – apps on the IP network. And all these non-phone call behaviors and uses make me wonder – isn’t it time to just stop calling these smartphones.

The Key to Facebook’s Mobile Strategy: Smaller Apps (via PandoDaily)
We’ve been talking about this for awhile now. Good to see there are benefits for Facebook devs as well as Facebook users.

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.

  • There are plenty rumors spread all over. Some are true, some are not. I have heard about iPad Mini as well as about RIM is looking forward to cutting carrier fees. Not heard about Amazon smartphone.

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