Android sales skyrocketing. Demand for Android devs? Ditto.
It’s a great time to be a mobile developer and an even better time to be an Android developer. The platform now accounts for the majority of the smartphone market in the US and is number two worldwide. According to oDesk, demand is up 710%. Just look at that chart!
NFC Payments Are Coming
It looks like next year is shaping up to be the year in which companies begin trialing Near Field Communication (NFC) payment systems in earnest. The idea is to use your cell phone to pay for items, simply by waving it in front of a receiver. I for one welcome this wallet-less future. I’ve always got my phone, but sometimes forget my wallet. Plus, paper money is so… yesterday.
Some big players like AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are teaming up to trial NFC by the middle of next year. Google has said that they will introduce NFC support in the upcoming Gingerbread release and Apple is rumored to be readying iPhone 5 for NFC as well. Will this be the year we finally get to ditch our wallets? Probably not, but at least we’re getting closer.
Dell’s Mobile Exec is Leaving
This week Dell announced that Ron Garriques, head of mobile, is leaving the company. Apparently they haven’t sold many of those Streaks. Maybe it was the name? Or the form factor? Or the fact that nobody thinks of Dell as a mobile company? Dell says that they will roll their mobile efforts into other units. It will be interesting to see if this marks the end of Dell’s move into the mobile space.