5 Things You Don't Know Because You Weren't at Open Mobile Summit
Call Open Mobile Summit a geekfest because this event, held in San Francisco naturally, gathered cutting edge mobile innovators with dazzling success stories for a multi-day deep dive into what’s next in mobile.
Google, Sprint, American Express, Home Depot, MCX, Wells Fargo – they were all there. But so were startups operating out of garages in the East Bay and they of course brought their aspirations to be among the big players next year.
We Have Passed the Mobile Tipping Point
“We are passed the tipping point,” said Coleen Carey, director of product marketing at digital agency Urban Airship. “Seventy percent of people sleep within three feet of their phone – it is always with them, always on.”
Dodd Roberts, a senior executive with Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), insisted at the Open Mobile Summit that ordinary consumers still don’t know, or care, about digital wallets and “that is why our focus is on the merchant.”
It’s Google vs. Samsung in the Main Event
Don’t believe the main event in mobile is the Google–Apple faceoff. The bloodiest brawl will be for all the SIM cards and it will pit Google vs. Samsung, predicted Richard Windsor, who crunches numbers and predicts trends at Radio Free Mobile.
Do You Need to Be On Wearable Computers?
There’s Google Glass – widely popular in the media but estimates are that only a few thousand products are in the market. There’s a stream of tricked-out watches that can sync up and display email, Tweets, calendar entries, you name it. There are ever more special purpose wearables – such as Misfit Wearable’s Shine personal activity monitor.
Is failure good for you?