#Utalks catchup: RIM is hurting, Google I/O + Facebook’s new iPhone app


Your Monday Mobile Pint: the top mobile stories from the past 24 hours since UNTETHER.talks sucked up all of our attention, good to the last drop.

RIM Is Hurting, But It’s Not Dead Just Yet (via TechCrunch)
There’s been plenty said about RIM since it released its rough fiscal financials a few days ago, just about all of it negative. It’s hard not to be, honestly — the company reported its first operating loss in eight years, announced that a full 5,000 employees would be getting the axe, and topped it all off by revealing that the first BlackBerry 10 devices wouldn’t hit the market until the beginning of 2013.

Facebook Plans to Speed Up its iPhone App (via NY Times)
One of the Facebook engineers said the new application has been built primarily using Objective-C, the programming language used to build applications for iOS. Many of the components of the current version of the Facebook app are built using HTML5, the Web-based markup language.

Google I/O Day One Wrap-Up: Software Edition (via PandoDaily)
Not only has Google committed to fixing some problems that have been a part of the Android “experience” since the first version of the mobile operating system shipped (unresponsiveness), it also moved to help developers work with the platform and made a commitment to becoming a genuine content company.

Google I/O Day One Wrap-Up: Hardware Edition (via PandoDaily)
Google’s I/O developer conference has come to a close, and the Mountain View-based company didn’t pull any punches. Featuring the Nexus 7 tablet, the Nexus Q media center, and Project Glass, today’s event – like Microsoft’s Los Angeles event – was all about the marriage of hardware and software. Oh, and one of Sergey Brin’s friends jumped out of a plane to crash the conference (which, I suppose, is slightly better than crashing a plane to get to the conference).

Why You May Not Be Getting the Latest Android Update Anytime Soon (via ReadWriteWeb)
When Google announces a new version of Android, users are quick to clamor for it on their devices – only to become frustrated when the newest version never comes. For instance, the latest version of Android (4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) was running on only 7.1% of Android devices as of June 1, 2012, more than six months after it was released. Last week, Google announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and, for the first time, a Platform Developer Kit to go with it. Will the PDK get Jelly Bean into users’ hands more quickly?

With “Connected Apps,” Foursquare Firms Its Position As The Social Network For Places (via TechCrunch)
The company introduced a developer preview of what it’s calling its “next evolution” – Connected Apps. The new framework allows developers create their own experiences inside Foursquare, which enables them to connect with Foursquare users as events are happening. The result? Foursquare is setting itself up as mobile users’ go-to app for socializing around a location.

Don’t Laugh at Google Glass: They’re Goofy, but They Will Save Us from Ourselves (via PandoDaily)
This gets to the real promise of Google Glass: It is the only device on the horizon that offers any hope of freeing us from the digital invasion. Yes, you’re going to wear a computer on your face, but it’s not what you think. It’s not going to make you less accessible to the people around you. It’s going to make you pay more attention to the real world. It’s going to cause fewer distractions, and those distractions are going to be less annoying than they are with today’s devices.

ComScore: iPhone barely edges Android’s growth in U.S. (via GigaOM)
Between February and May this year, Apple’s iPhone saw a sliver of growth in smartphone market share in the U.S., where it accounts for a little over 30 percent of all smartphone subscriptions. Meanwhile Android saw smaller growth, but is still the most prevalent OS on smartphones, with a little over 50 percent market share, according to ComScore’s MobiLens report released Monday.

Mobile Ad Network Jumptap Preps For IPO, Picks Up Another $27.5M From Keating, WPP And More While Waiting (via TechCrunch)
This round was led by two new backers, Keating Capital and “a large institutional investor” that Jumptap tells me it cannot name. The round also saw participation from existing investors General Catalyst Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Summerhill Ventures, Valhalla Partners, and WPP (the last one of these perhaps one to watch the closest). In total, Jumptap has now raised $121.5 million.

Ogone Launches In-App Payment Library For iOS And Android (via TechCrunch)
The new library complements the company’s existing mobile web-based payment system meaning that app developers who rely on Ogone to process payments no longer need to redirect users to the browser in order to take a payment — presuming that they don’t fall foul of Apple’s tight grip on in-app purchases for digital goods.

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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