RIM braces for Q1 loss, Apple’s British design genius + Flattr and the app dictatorship


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

RIM Says Its Going To Have A Loss In Q1, And It Hired Bankers To Explore ‘Options’ (via Reuters)
Research In Motion Ltd on Tuesday warned it could report its second consecutive quarterly operating loss and said it had engaged bankers to help it review its business, the latest in a string of dismal messages from the once-dominant BlackBerry maker. RIM shares, already down nearly 80 percent over the past 12 months, slumped nearly 13 percent in after-market trading, slithering to around $9.77 a share.

Jonathan Ive interview: Apple’s design genius is British to the core (via The Telegraph)
Apple’s design guru Jonathan Ive, who will receive a knighthood for creating products such as the iPad, explains why Britain’s industrial heritage lies behind his success.

Gartner: Over $172B In Mobile Payments In 2012; SMS, Web Most Popular Routes (via TechCrunch)
Research out today from Gartner says that this year will see more than $171.5 billion in mobile payment transactions — a rise of over 60 percent on 2011′s $105.9 billion — with 212.2 million people (up 32 percent from 160.5m in 2011) using some form of mobile payment service. And what’s fuelling the rise? Despite the rise of smartphones, it’s legacy-based services like SMS and web-based transactions.

iPhone App Downloads Dropped Again In April, As Apple’s Bot Crackdown Continues
March saw the biggest decline in terms of the impact of the download bot ban, with a huge 30% drop that month. The drop was in part due to exiting the busy holiday season when app installs spike, but was also due to Apple’s new policy on the use of these automated tactics designed to boost app’s rankings. In February, Apple warned developers to not use services like this to manipulate the chart.

Flattr: we’re victims of an ‘app dictatorship’ (via GigaOM)
The Swedish startup — which pitches itself as the “like” button that actually means something — effectively turns Kickstarter-like crowdfunding into a subscription service. Users pay in a fixed sum each month, and each time they like a project or service online they press a Flattr button on the site. At the end of the month, their pool of money is distributed evenly between all of the different things that the user has liked.

Startups Tackle Wireless Bills for Consumers (via BetaKit)
Instead of starting your own carrier or relying on phone-specific data limiting features, a number of startups have emerged in order to help mobile consumers address this need and avoid “bill shock.”

So Facebook Isn’t the New Google, But Zuckerberg Could Be the New Bezos (via PandoDaily)
One part of Facebook’s IPO playbook is very much still TBD: Whether Wall Street will accept a young, inexperienced Wunderkind of a CEO. Much more hangs on this for the future of this company and companies in the future than how the shares immediately priced.

Why you’ll want a 1080p screen on your smartphone (via GigaOM)
Of course, in mobile technology there are always trade-offs and the one I see here is between full high-definition resolution and the size of the screen, which directly influences the size of a smartphone. Some have said that Android phones are growing in size because they need room for LTE radios, but I believe that’s a secondary reason, if it’s even valid at all. Instead, as I’ve been suggesting for two years: Consumers are eating up more mobile video and immersive applications that are better experienced with larger, higher-resolution screens. In some regions, online video consumption on mobiles is higher than on fixed broadband.

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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