Welcome to the 67th edition of the Carnival of the Mobilists - a weekly showcase of the best writing on topics related to mobile phones.
The Mobile Future - We have some great items this week. To start off, many mobilists are pondering what's next in this industry that is so rapidly evolving.
- Krisse at AllAboutSymbian asks, Do smartphones need to be anything more than a browser and a phone? A great look at whether web apps will dominate mobile as well as desktop computing.
- Bill Day on Apple’s three screens opportunity. Apple has become a content distribution powerhouse with iTunes. Can they leverage that into IPTV and mobile dominance too?
Content Creation - The craft of software development as it applies to mobile.
- On C.Enrigue Ortiz' Mobility Weblog, CEO explores the opportunities and challenges for developers in getting their content on the most valuable of all mobile screen real estate in The Next Battlefront (for Mobile Applications).
- At VisionMobile, Liz Laffan has a comprehensive piece on a couple of tough choices that need to be made at the start of any mobile development project in To Build or to buy? To Patent or not to?
Mobile Marketing - Marketing with mobiles is a growth industry.
- Mopocket's Justin Oberman highlights Mozes big deal with Motown in CTIA - MOZES HAS COME DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN AND WOWS US ALL. Great win for Mozes, the company that opened SMS marketing to everyone from individuals to grass root political movements to indie bands.
- SMS is ubiquitous and SMS based ad campaigns appear likely to be rewarding - but there are some things they just aren't suitable for as Mobhappy's Russell Buckley amusingly explains in What is it about Starbucks.
- Comverse's Xen Mendelsohn at Xellular Identity says You're Invited! to the Fun Dial Marketing Seminar later this month. Fun Dial is her company's ringback tones product.
User Experience - Users and designers on what works and what doesn't.
- Mobile Diva, Darla Mack writes about getting around carrier roadblocks in Its Always Good To Have At Least One Carrier Supported Device. Sad but true.
- Martin Sauter's enjoying great inexpensive prepaid 3G in Italy. Based on his experience and testing he offers A Real Life Comparison of HSDPA and UMTS. It's an interesting article both technically and for what it says about the future of ubiquitous computing.
- My favorite post this week is Software Everywhere's David Beer's Thoughts on personalization and contextuality. David suggests a new approach to mobile user interfaces organized around tasks rather than applications.
- Competitive texting? You bet. At Smartmobs, last week's Carnival host, Judy Breck reports that Texting Championship tests thumbs.
Mobile Content Exploring software and services for your phone.
- At Nokia S60 3rd Edition Application Review, Zach Epstein reviews PocketCaster, a groundbreaking S60 3rd Ed. application that streams live or pre-recorded video from the phone to social networking sites or your blog.
- My own contribution, Mobile Search Wars Heat Up is a look at Google's mobile search redesign - how it compares to Yahoo's new oneSearch offering and why it's bad for the mobile web.
- At Pocket Picks, Keith Stuart interviews Eric Hobson, President of Hands-On, a mobile games developer which is launching not one, but three new MoSoCo sites in The Hands-On guide to social networking.
- A look at web and mobile classified ad site Mobiya's recent win by m-trends Rudy De Waele in Mobiya and Metro launch mobile classified service in Belgium. Mobiya has a unique and apparently effective business model.
- Michael Mace at Mobile Oportunity was very late with his post, in fact he just submitted it last night. He has apparently seen an early beta of a disruptively revolutionary mobile social networking product called Spitr that will absolutely amaze you.
That's it for now. Don't miss the next Carnival of the Mobilists - Monday, April 9th at Always On real-Time Access.