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March 17, 2008

Mobile Browsing Gets Serious

Seriously...only in Europe would Cirque Du Soleil's answer to The Visible Man be used to promote Mobile Business. Or mobile anything. Freakin' weird...

A slew of announcements lately, all related to mobile browsing…

Nokia, the 8 billion pound gorilla of the mobile world, will be adding Silverlight to their S60 for Symbian OS platform and Series 40 devices and Internet tablets, which translates to hundreds of millions of devices.

Microsoft, not to be outdone, committed to Silverlight for their very own Windows Mobile platform a scant 2 weeks later. Will wonders never cease? Release target for Silverlight 1.0 for Windows Mobile is Q2 2008. Which prolly means it will actually show up on carrier devices in 2010, if we’re lucky.

Helio, the favorite mobile carrier of Scientologists everywhere, has greenlighted the availability of the amazing Opera Mini on their Ocean device, finally reading the writing on the wall and giving their brainwashed loyal customers an official choice that previously required folks to hack their Oceans. Hey Apple…are you paying attention?

And in a looooooooooong overdue move, Microsoft has licensed Adobe’s Flash Lite and Reader LE for direct distribution to Windows Mobile licensees AKA OEMs and carriers. Which means that you are still beholden to those self-same OEMs/carriers to include Adobe’s sweet sweet candy in their builds, but it does remove one previously large-looming barrier to entry, that of individual OEMs/carriers having to execute their own agreement with Adobe.

The takeaway from these tidbits of news?

Mobile browsing is hot hot hot. If it’s not on your radar, it should be.

The REAL takeaway from all of this?

Notice how Blackberry, which continues to have the absolutely WORST mobile browsing experience in the industry, is conspicuously absent?

|| posted by chris under business, media, migration, mobility, rx || comments (3) || ||


  1. I get a totally different impression reading all of these “moves” in the “Oh my god, we got 0wn3d by Apple” segment. That impression is one of desperation, there is a fight for what will be the application platform for mobile devices – Flash, Java or Silverlight – and so far it seems its none of the above.

    You’ve got to hand it to Apple. Not only has it flipped this sector upside down, it has made carriers their bitch while the same have been holding Windows Mobile and other innovation at bay in order to sell ringtones for years.


    comment by Vlad Mazek — March 17, 2008 @ 11:59 pm

  2. Mobile Browsing Gets Serious…

    Some updates on mobile browsing include the conspicuous lack of news from Blackberry…….

    trackback by Phones — March 18, 2008 @ 11:22 am

  3. This is an interesting post. You should submit it at Yearblook is a competition to find each day’s best blog posts. At the end of the year, the 365 best posts (1 from each day) will be published in a book (a real, printed book, you will find it on Amazon).

    comment by Yearblook — March 30, 2008 @ 3:46 pm

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