Mobile voice and data revenues will create a trillion-dollar global market by 2014, as complementary products such as advertising, applications and web services are built, says research firm Gartner. Broadband has enabled mobility to this point, but location is the next big driver.
Not surprisingly, Apple’s introduction of the iPad has led to a new surge in app development. In just 63 days since launch, the number of native iPad apps has already hit 10,000. It took five months to reach that milestone with iPhone apps, and it took the Android Marketplace 11 months. That torrid pace may not hold up much longer, however. New data caps introduced by AT&T are likely to force developers to rethink how their apps use system and network resources, which could slow development. Government scrutiny of Apple’s developer rules could also introduce a new layer of uncertainty to the process, leading developers to hold off on building new apps until they know what tools they can use.
Under AT&T’s new 3G data plans, streaming one two-hour Netflix movie per month would bust the limit on the low-end plan. With the high-end plan, you could consume roughly 13.5 hours of Netflix video per month before hitting your limit, again assuming you did nothing else with your device that required data — which is absurd.
iPhone app developers are keenly anticipating news of Apple’s rumored 4G iPhone from today’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynoted by Steve Jobs. But some developers are starting to worry that AT&T’s new capped data plans could put a serious crimp in the app economy. You can get all the news from today’s events, including a live blog of the keynote at GigaOm’s TheAppleBlog.
I have been saying for some time that the launch of the 3G iPhone was going to jump-start the demand for wireless broadband. The subsequent release of additional web-friendly mobile phones (we like to call them superphones ) — the Samsung Instinct, the BlackBerry (s rimm) Bold, the Google (s goog) Phone, and Sony (s sne) Ericsson’s Xperia X-1 — that use 3G wireless networks has now shifted that demand into high gear. [digg=http://digg.com/tech_news/The_iPhone_and_the_Ensuing_Wireless_Broadband] Read More about The iPhone and the Ensuing Wireless Broadband Boom