September 30, 2010
iGR Research Study: Preloaded apps generate more money for operators

Obviously this is a no brainer. Back in the day AOL used to pre-load software on a computer in hopes that the new owner would click on the icon and decide to sign up for dial-up service.

Interesting that only 5% of users have unlocked their phones to get apps not available to the. Out of sight, out of mind.

September 27, 2010
Tethering Support In Windows Phone 7

"…tethering will be supported at launch, but it will be up to the carrier whether it is enabled or not." Hmm, wonder who will enable it. Saw a ton of folks tethering their Android devices at the Design For Mobile Conference last week as Wifi was minimal to nonexistent. Almost made me wish I had an Android instead of an iPhone. Almost.

September 24, 2010
Collected Design For Mobile Presentations

Tuesday


Future of Mobile UX
Jonathan Brill, Implied Sciences

Emerging Interactive Technology and the Museum Experience
Michael Horn, Northwestern University

Designing Mobile Forms
Luke Wroblewski, Benchmark Capital

  • Tuesday 11:15am, Main Ballroom

From App Euphoria to App Exhaustion: Reconsidering the App Store User Experience
Marcus Grupp, Rogers Communications

  • Tuesday 11:15am, Side Ballroom

Building Mobile Experiences: Testing rapid functional prototypes in real contexts of use
Frank Bentley, Motorola

  • Tuesday 1:30pm, Main Ballroom

Web vs. App vs. Hybrid
Jason Grigsby, Cloud Four

The Future of Cloud Service Integration in Mobile Devices
Josh Campbell, Motorola/Magic + Might
Elisa Vargas, Motorola

UI Development for Multi-channel Web
Ian Homer, Bemoko

  • Tuesday 2:30pm, Side Ballroom

Designing Resourceful Mobile E-Commerce Search
Greg Nudelman, DesignCaffeine

  • Tuesday 4pm, Main Ballroom

Wednesday


Mobiles in Museums
Nancy Proctor, Smithsonian Institution

  • Wednesday 8:45am, Main Ballroom

Mobile Diversity: the coming Zombie Apocalypse
Scott Jenson, Google

Mobile Web - Devolution or Evolution?
Carol Taylor, Motricity

  • Wednesday 10:15am, Side Ballroom

iPad Design Headaches: Take Two Tablets, Call Me in the Morning
Josh Clark, Global Moxie

Mobile Device Specifications, or Politics is Fun
Steven Hoober, Little Springs Design

  • Wednesday 11:15am, Side Ballroom

How Do You Evaluate Gestures for Your System?
Kevin Arthur, Synaptics

  • Wednesday 1:30pm, Main Ballroom

Between Here and There: Navigation Design for Mobile
Ryan Unger, Punchkick

What Gestures Do People Actually Use?
Dan Mauney, HumanCentric

Do Smartphone Users Need to be Smart?
Tim Deluca-Smith, WDSGlobal

  • Wednesday 2:30pm, Side Ballroom

Smartphone Text Input Methods Compared: Which is Best?
Nika Smith, Blink Interactive

  • Wednesday 4pm, Main Ballroom

Designing a Billion-Dollar User Experience
Karyln Neel, eBay

World Class: Global Mobile Textbook Strategy
Corey Pressman, Exprima Media

  • Wednesday 5pm, Main Ballroom

Thursday


Modern Mobile Language: From Transportation to Pixels - Metro for Windows Phone 7
Albert Shum & Paula Guntaur, Microsoft

Mobile Information Architecture
Nick Finck, Blink Interactive

  • Thursday 10:15am, Main Ballroom

Creating Magical Moments and Why Beauty is not Enough
Itai Vonshak, Elements

  • Thursday 10:15am, Side Ballroom

The Symbian^3 UI & UX Story
Scott Weiss, Symbian

Designing for Windows Phone 7
Dave Bost & Chris Bernard, Microsoft

  • Thursday 11:15am, Side Ballroom

Managing Android Fragmentation
Anthony Hand, Motorola

  • Thursday 1:30pm, Main Ballroom

Mobile Strategy
Jason Grigsby, Cloud Four

  • Thursday 2:30pm, Main Ballroom

Tapworthy iPhone Apps
Josh Clark, Global Moxie

  • Thursday 4:30pm, Main Ballroom

Friday


From Microphones to Headphones Workshop
Nancy Proctor, Smithsonian Institution

    September 23, 2010
    Three core user behavior groups from Google research. from @grigs talk at Design for Mobile 2010

    Three core user behavior groups from Google research. from @grigs talk at Design for Mobile 2010

    September 22, 2010
    Briefs Prototyping Tool for iPhone

    Looks like this could be a really cool prototyping tool for iPhone (and perhaps not limited just to ‘apps’. Just wish it was available to check out right now.

    Briefs Logo

    September 21, 2010
    Consumer/User research and Prototyping philosophy from Frank Bentley @ Motorola

    Consumer/User research and Prototyping philosophy from Frank Bentley @ Motorola

    August 20, 2010
    Well that didn't take long... Bank of America & Visa teaming up on mobile payment trial

    The trial is only in NYC and I think they’ll probably choose users who access online banking & use their debit cards a lot. Unfortunately it requires a special case and NFC communicator. Something they’re going to have to work with handset manufacturers in the future on as no one wants a special aftermarket accessory in order to make payments.

    I also hope it’s better than Bank of America’s iPhone app, which is intensely slow.

    August 19, 2010
    How to Use Facebook Places

    Personally I don’t think check-ins/places will be a hit unless Facebook is able to nail the value behind it for people. For the teens & 20 somethings who go out all the time being able to see if there friends are somewhere may be the value, but for older users there has to be something beyond that makes up for the invasion of privacy & potential sharing of personal data. Coupons? Specials? Pay with Facebook?

    For example, if I look at my Foursquare check-ins for the past week I have the oh so interesting trail of:

    • Gas Station
    • Work
    • My son’s summer camp
    • Grocery Store (3 different ones)
    • Restaurant (lunch with co-workers)
    • Post Office
    • Toy Store
    • Mall
    • Playground
    • Salon

    Yes, I use Foursquare & Gowalla but I don’t think I would if I didn’t work in the technology industry as they don’t bring me any value. I like to think my check-ins would mirror those of an average 30 something married working mom were she to use the Facebook Places feature.

    August 19, 2010
    Analysis of market share, profits & shift in mobile phone market

    Interesting analysis of the market share & profits of the major players in the mobile phone market. As noted in the comments HTC is noticeably absent in the analysis. Given the Android market share is now ahead of iOS I’m not sure I completely believe the analysis. Motorola, LG and Samsung have other products that generate revenue and can prop up their bottom line, as opposed to RIM. It will be interesting to see if Windows Mobile 7 has any impact as well.

    August 19, 2010
    Just updated my Facebook app and tried to check out their new ‘Places’ feature as I don’t quite understand how it’s going to work (especially how it integrates with other location apps). I also tried touch.facebook.com, but unfortunately it’s not available in my area. The press release says the rollout was to US locations only, but I guess DC isn’t a large enough market yet? I’m guessing the rollout is based in the Bay Area and NYC.

    Just updated my Facebook app and tried to check out their new ‘Places’ feature as I don’t quite understand how it’s going to work (especially how it integrates with other location apps). I also tried touch.facebook.com, but unfortunately it’s not available in my area. The press release says the rollout was to US locations only, but I guess DC isn’t a large enough market yet? I’m guessing the rollout is based in the Bay Area and NYC.

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