Android fragmentation, Verizon killing unlimited data + the world wants a 4-inch iPhone


Your Wednesday Mobile Pint: the top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.

It’s Time For A Larger iPhone (via TechCrunch)
A 3.5-inch screen is just too small now. At this point to say anything to the contrary is pure fanboi nonsense. The standard argument that consumers don’t want a large phone is tired and overused. Besides, it’s effectively proven wrong by the 20 million Galaxy S II phones sold by Samsung last year. It’s time for a larger iPhone.

Verizon phasing out unlimited data as customers switch to 4G (via GigaOM)
Verizon Wireless plans to close down the mobile broadband buffet for good, phasing out unlimited plans as customers upgrade from 3G phones to 4G. Verizon CFO Fran Shammo revealed the policy plan change on Wednesday while speaking at a J.P. Morgan conference, saying it must turn off the unlimited spigot as a prerequisite for moving to shared family data plans.

Mobile app installs rise, but time in apps barely moves (via GigaOM)
In 2011, the average amount of time in apps was 37 minutes per day; a year later, it’s just 39 minutes, indicating that developers might be challenged when it comes to increasing application engagement.

What’s With All the Hyper-Growth Startups? (via PandoDaily)
We touch on this in tomorrow’s episode of “Where’s The Money?”. Stay tuned!

[Infographic] Taking HTML5 to the Next Level for Mobile (via ReadWriteWeb)
By 2013, there will be more than 1 billion HTML5-capable browsers in use throughout the world. Applications for those HTML5 browsers will be created by 2 million HTML Web developers, according to research from IDC.

Android fragmentation gets visualized, again (via BGR)
Using data from 681,900 devices that downloaded the firm’s software over the past six months, OpenSignalMaps found there to be 3,997 distinct Android devices running its app, though the figure counts each custom ROM found to be running on various smartphones as a separate device. The developer found a staggering array of Android version and display resolution combinations, and said the issue is likely to get worse.

So who got hosed when Facebook bought Lightbox? (via GigaOM)
The dark side of Facebook’s mobile strategy.

Beyond the Mobile Security FUD: Real Data That May Scare You (and Your IT Manager) (via PandoDaily)
The publicity around mobile malware and viruses has overshadowed a more alarming trend. While there have been several notable, high profile mobile security incidents to date, this pales in comparison to the underlying data we see with intersecting trends of increasing smartphone and tablet usage, commingling of personal and corporate data and increasing vulnerability exposure.

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.

  • Do people still read BGR? I see articles from them and I won’t even click on the link. I don’t trust them to provide a proper story anymore. 

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