Today in Mobile

There hasn’t been a ton of mobile news coming out of CES this week (aside from Nokia, anyway), but PCWorld has a good post here documenting the emergence of two separate efforts by TV broadcasters to bring their content to mobile devices. Both the Mobile Content Venture and the Mobile 500 Alliance made news at the massive Las Vegas show this week, but both have serious hurdles to overcome: Both need carrier partners, far more enabled devices in the marketplace, and agreements with TV studios and other content owners to distribute the stuff to handsets. But I still think the biggest challenge here is the format: Traditional streaming broadcasts are a poor fit for mobile, where users are often on the go and don’t want to sit through an entire episode of 30 minutes or longer. DVR functionality would be a good selling point here, but for now I think mobile TV will continue to tread water.

Verizon iPhone sales hit 4.2 million during holiday quarter

Verizon sold 4.2 million iPhone during the fourth quarter of 2011, CFO Fran Shammo said at a conference on Wednesday. That’s more than twice as many iPhone devices as it sold during the previous quarter, an increase do doubt spurred by the iPhone 4S.

How carriers can innovate in the superphone era

Carriers are struggling to address the gap between mobile data usage and revenues even as their networks approach capacity. Here’s how they can innovate to better monetize in the era of the superphone.

Today in Mobile

A couple of stories today underscore the difficulties OS developers face when dealing with multiple handset manufacturers and carriers. Ars Technica takes Microsoft to task for its failure to roll out Windows Phone updates to all its users — an effort that has been hamstrung by AT&T and other carriers. Meanwhile, Google is beginning to crack down on its manufacturer and carrier partners, according to this piece from Bloomberg Businessweek, by limiting access to early upgrades for those who don’t abide by some new rules. You can bet MSFT will be tracking Google’s efforts very closely as both companies struggle to bring their partners to heel.