It was a significant week in the mobile world. Apple released it’s death grip on development tools, Webkit continued to expand its dominant position in mobile devices and Microsoft prematurely celebrated the death of iPhone (because WinPho Series 7 is so great!).
Hell freezes over: Adobe Flash gets a second chance at life on iOS (sorta)
Apple changed the terms of it’s developer agreement to allow third party development tools. Developers can use any tools they like as long as apps don’t download code. There are a lot of potential reasons for this change in stance, but the big one seems to be a desire to support the latest and greatest game development tools like Unreal Engine. This also opens the door for Adobe to have another go at the Flash development environment for iPhone. Of course, it’s also likely that Apple is feeling pressure from the juggernaut that is Android.
Salesforce.com Introduces Mobile Chatter
The Salesforce mobile team has been hard at work on Chatter mobile (and I should know!), Salesforce’s social enterprise application. Last week Kraig Swensrud unveiled apps for iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Android at Cloudforce London (video below). The mobile enterprise space is just beginning to heat up and there are many opportunities to mobilize businesses large and small.
Dual and quad-core chips coming to a smart device near you.
The pace of innovation in mobile processors continues to accelerate and companies like Intel are finding themselves at the tail end of the pack. The leader of the pack is ARM and they just announced a new multi-core mobile processor architecture. These new chips will allow for faster, more powerful smartphones, but will also likely find their way into other smart devices. Because they use little power and don’t require a fan for cooling, there are many potential applications.
Yet another device embraces Webkit (Boxee)
Boxee announced that they are moving their application from Mozilla’s Gecko engine to WebKit. Boxee cites WebKit’s HTML5 compliance as the main reason for the switch. Expect to see the new Boxee Box Internet TV appliance to be powered by Webkit. This is just further evidence that WebKit is becoming the browser of choice for Internet devices.
Microsoft Foolishly Celebrates the Death of the iPhone
In a move surely to look even more foolish in the future, Microsoft decided to celebrate the upcoming release of Windows Phone 7 by staging a funeral procession for the iPhone. Perhaps they should actually release a product before declaring the death of a competitor.