Welcome to the eighty-ninth edition of the Carnival of the Mobilists, a weekly showcase of the best recent mobile phone related posts from around the blogosphere.
Here in the US it's Labor Day, a national holiday celebrating workers and the labor movement. It seems fitting that we are taking the day to celebrate the labor of love that mobile bloggers put into their posts every day.
New Products and Technologies: The past week has seen a slew of new product and service announcements. Nokia was responsible for most of the week's news with a new service platform, a music store and a revival of their mobile gaming business. If you're wondering what Ovi is all about or why the rebirth of the N-Gage brand, we have posts to that will answer your questions.
- At m-trends, Rudy De Waele shares his thoughts On Nokia's Ovi Brand Services. Read Rudy's thorough and insightful analysis of what Ovi means to Nokia and it's competitors, partners and users.
- Martin Sauter at Martin's Mobile Technology Page looks at what features Ovi is likely to include as well as it's potentially disruptive effects on the balance of power between operators and hardware vendors. Read: Nokia's Ovi: Let's See How The Key Looks Like.
- At All About N-Gage, Tzer2 tells us all about the Next-Gen N-Gage platform that Nokia announced last week. Read about the games and the handsets they run on. It's an excellent analysis of Nokia's gaming strategy and of the platform's chance for success and is my choice for Post of the Week.
- Opera Software released a new beta of their amazing Opera Mini Java based mobile web browser. Find out how it performs on an inexpensive prepaid phone in my review.
iPhone: It's no longer new but two months after the release of the Apple iPhone, interest in the device is still high. It's a game changing phone and our bloggers have much to analyze.
- Mobile Opportunity's Michael Mace offers an entirely new metric! for measuring the desirability of the iPhone or any other new gadget.
- Jason Devitt at Skydeck discuses the financial implications for Apple of unlocked iPhones and tells us what he thinks Apple will do regarding unlocking.
- Morten Hjerde at Sender 11, offers an analysis of the impact that the iPhone will have on the incumbent phone makers in, iPhone will attack Sony Ericsson but loose out to Nokia in Europe.
- Alfie of Alfie's Blog offers his thoughts on Nokia's just announced iPhone clone, and why it isn't - a clone that is.
- Heard enough of the iPhone? Well then meet the gPhone. Abhishek Tiwari tells us what he thinks this unannounced but much rumored device from Google will be like.
Business: Are you trying to launch or grow a mobile related business? Here are some posts exploring mobile business models and entrepreneurship.
- Vision Mobile's Peggy Ann Salz interviews Admob founder Omar Hamou to find out how the little start up quickly become the world's largest mobile web ad marketplace serving a billion ads a month.
- At MobHappy, Carnival of the Mobilists founder Russell Buckley offers an insight from a book on economic forecasting explaining a mobile business model's recent setback. Read The Black Swan Comes to TV Phone Ins.
- Xellular Identity's Xen Mendelsohn examines how Mobile Game Town, a Japanese MoSoSo site, has built a successful ad-supported mobile avatar business.
- Paul Ruppert at Mobile Messaging 2.0 looks at the new technology of voice SMS and wonders if it means the end of texting. His conclusions may surprise you.
Society: The societal impacts of mobile technology have been huge and continue to change the way we interact.
- Katrin Verclas at MobileActive.org looks at the use of text messaging by election monitors.
- Writing at SmartMobs, Gerrit Visser gives us examples of how news reporters are using Twitter.
That's all for this week. Next week's Carnival will be at The Mobile Gadgeteer. If you'd like to participate, submit your entry at blogcarnival.com/bc/submit_121.html. To learn more about the Carnival of the Mobilists visit the Mobilists homepage, mobli.st.