Cutting Edge

Asokan writes a monthly feature entitled "On the Cutting Edge" for the MOTODEV newsletter examining trends and events in the industry. A collection of those feature articles is listed below.

2008 brought striking innovations to the mobile market. From over-the-air intelligent searching to one-click integration with popular content sites like Flickr or YouTube, users now expect their mobile device interactions to be both extremely simple and extremely powerful. This article explores some of the innovations we've seen over the past 12 months and their implications for our mobile future... (Read More)

Mobile Commerce: Driving Adoption   |  December 8, 2008

A few years ago, mobile commerce (or m-commerce) was touted as the next killer application - so what happened? Although mobile commerce has not yet become as ubiquitous as some people expected, advances in data networks and growth of the mobile Internet are helping it to gain slow but steady traction in various pockets of the world... (Read More)

Mobile advertising has been the hottest topic in the wireless industry, with much of the hype driven by the exponential penetration of mobile handsets into the global market. But while problems within the industry have kept a lid on this technology – such as platform fragmentation, memory requirements, media differences, inventory of content, availability of data networks, or complexity in value chain – there has been continued, quiet movement indicating that mobile advertising will become a major force in the near future... (Read More)

As millions of new developers enter the mobile application space, success depends directly on innovation and differentiation. MOTODEV's technology evangelist speaks with problem-solving and intellectual property rights expert Maria Thompson about finding fresh sources of inspiration, leveraging your ideas, and protecting them in a fast-moving marketplace... (Read More)

Mobile Widgets Come Alive with WebUI   |  September 1, 2008

As developers for the desktop have already discovered, widgets can play a key role in getting content to consumers, driving brand recognition and loyalty, and scoring quick wins for companies eager to stand out in a crowded marketplace. Our technology evangelist takes a look at Motorola's new WebUI application environment and explains how WebUI-based widgets can change the game for your development... (Read More)

Late last year mobile phone penetration hit an important landmark, expanding to reach 50% of the world's total population. As this explosive growth continues, a parallel movement is taking place in mobile networks, which are evolving quickly from voice-only to data based models... (Read More)

Mobile hardware and software producers spend an astounding amount of time considering human and user interface details in an effort to make the interaction simple for the user. But is the user the only source of information a device can use to make interaction simpler and more effective? Not anymore... (Read More)

DLNA: The Digital Home in Reality   |   June 2, 2008

Digital Living Network Alliance, or DLNA technology enables multi-vendor consumer devices to communicate by building a common connectivity platform for a variety of multimedia experiences... (Read More)

Mobile Music: A Social Phenomenon   |   May 2, 2008

Music remains an amazingly disruptive (in a good way) influence for the mobile marketplace. From basic hardware design evolution to robust DRM schemes, music has ushered the creation of several cutting edge developments for device manufacturers and software developers alike. It's really no surprise, then, that music has the potential to form the core of creative new experiences in mobile applications... (Read More)

More commonly known as the home base station, a femtocell creates that broadband - mobile network interface. Using a simple appliance similar to a wireless router, femtocell technology brings the promise of more consistent mobile connections using a technology native to existing mobile hardware... (Read More)

Near Field Communication (NFC) is a fast emerging short-range wireless connectivity standard that significantly simplifies the interaction of consumer devices across a range of applications. Though fairly new, NFC has evolved from a combination of existing contactless identification and interconnection technologies, most notably RFID. The technology can be implemented in mobile phones or other portable devices to enable secure electronic payments... (Read More)

Until 2006, LBS was more talk than action, but now in the early days of 2008, LBS is a real thing. The technology now exists for these applications to work smoothly, without interruption, and in concert with each other. But that's the linchpin of the developer's puzzle: Rethinking the way these applications work together to provide a seamless location based experience instead of a one-off gadget... (Read More)

Games, Mobile Phones and Technology   |   January 1, 2008

Mobile Games are gaining market presence. From the 38 million users measured across the globe in 2005, an iSuppli marketing report forecasts a threefold growth to 134 million mobile game users, each month, by 2010. Mobile gaming revenue is also expected to nearly triple by 2011, growing to $6.6 billion. An In-Stat report predicts that 9% of mobile subscribers will use their phones for games... (Read More)

Social Networks: The Mobile Way   |   December 3, 2007

Social networks are sprouting these days like wild mushrooms. Many of these new online communities cater to niche interests ranging from obscure political candidates to independent films. Social networking sites allow users to create online profiles and build personal networks that connect them to other users... (Read More)

Ever since Java for Mobile Devices was released in 1998, it has been widely adopted by most manufacturers and application programmers. Java ME is available on more than 80% of the handsets and it seems to be a very favorable programming environment due to its wide availability. Though portability has suffered due to fragmentation issues, it still seems to be the #1 choice for mobile application programmers... (Read More)

Web 2.0: An Introduction   |  October 1, 2007

With always-on connectivity and higher bandwidth available on mobile networks, mobile Internet access is on the verge of becoming a fully realized service that has the potential to create radical change in the competitive dynamics between content owners, network operators, technology vendors, and end-users... (Read More)

MOTODEV Summits: San Jose   |   September 3, 2007

As I was putting together the sessions for our first-ever series of MOTODEV Summits, I started getting really excited about the numerous possibilities these events offer to developers. Those who attend the Summits – in San Jose, in London or in Beijing – will get a unique 360-degree view of what's out there today and discover new ways to create cool, innovative applications ... (Read More)

The users have spoken: access to music and other media is essential on today's feature-rich handsets. The possibilities for media applications are nearly limitless, but developers must confront the ongoing threat of content piracy. As the value of content increases, so does the level of hacker sophistication... (Read More)

As technologies evolve, one major trend in the mobile handset industry is a shift toward more advanced display technology bringing developers larger screens, richer colors, sharper contrast and higher refresh rates for mobile applications... (Read More)

Getting In Touch with Haptics   |   June 1, 2007

As mobile computing becomes more pervasive, the quality of mobile data networks and the capabilities of mobile devices are getting stronger, spurring the development of cooler, more innovative and more user-friendly applications for handheld resource-constrained devices... (Read More)