Most of the attention was about WWDC and Apple’s announcements although we should probably mention something about Groupon’s IPO Announcment:
And now a little bit about Groupon IPO plans to raise $750mm. Some highlights from filing:
- 7,000 employees and 83 million subscribers in 43 countries
- $714 mm in revenue up from $30mm the year before
- With claims of a frothy valuation, not surprising to see All Things D report on the Groupon reporting “Smack-down” following the IPO announcement
Closing with a fun little conceptual hack worthy of a big Apple announcement week. This “invisible phone” uses hand gestures and a depth-aware camera to interface with your smartphone–essentially allowing it to sit in your pocket or purse.
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- For more about Social/Local/Mobile, see us at the Social-Loco Conference—I’ll be speaking on the “Big Brand” money panel.
- Wrap your mind around this: Escher’s Waterfall has our mind boggling!
- Check out Little Thor, a miniature hero who gives this year’s favorite Super Bowl character, Little Vader from the Volkswagen commercial, a run for his money.
- Will Turnage, VP, Technology & Invention for R/GA, shows off a shirt he hacked for a South by Southwest session. This shirt not only flashes when he taps his phone through a Bluetooth control, but also lights up when someone tweets his twitter handle.
- AppNation brought the growing consumer application trend to the forefront of the minds of all those who were fortunate enough to attend.
- Drew Ianni, Chairman of AppNation, joined us at Anthem Worldwide in San Francisco to share his view-from-the-top of the Apps Ecosystem.
Lots of theories buzzing around about Android’s growth, from carrier advertising to economic realities in developing countries, but the data is undeniable: mobile is a two-horse race and Android is just getting started. You can see the numbers (chart to the left) but there’s nothing as powerful as watching through time-lapsed visualization. Here’s a video Google released visualizing phone activations around the world. In fact, some of the spikes you’ll see in traffic come from Motorola’s Droid release in November of 2009 to support the first argument driving adoption.
FWIW, I have nearly all iOS (Apple) devices from ipods and ipads to laptops and desktops around our house. But I keep my mobile Android to keep a close eye on how the OS is driving parity in many areas with iOS and exceeding it in many other areas you’d imagine Google would win in, like visual/speech-to-text/barcode/text/you-name-it search & navigation. As you prioritize market entry in mobile you can’t count out Android. I’ll go as far to preduct that in 6-12 the platform will lead development conversations. What do you think?
VP of Engineering Vic Gundotra delivered an Android demonstration during his keynote at Google I/O conference today at the SF Moscone Convention Center. There’s a fair amount of flattery to the Apple iPhone/iTouch user interface and definitely signals progress for handset makers, content providers/media and perhaps carriers. My verdict’s out on the carriers as their data plans make little sense to the consumer, add little value (not much benefit over wifi) and feel short-term–lots of dislocation potential within these technologies demonstrated today.
And a quick demo of “streets” view–check out what happens when he flips it into compass mode. Location based content gets a big boost when this becomes the expected consumer outcome.
More on the Andriod platform here:
Slashdot brought to light a Popular Science articleon the amazing practice at work in China to appropriate intellectual property in the form of design, architecture, brand, packaging–you get the picture, nothing is off limits. It’s stealing and there seems no stopping it, so my attention shifted to other implications. The one that caught my eye was the iPhone clone b/c it includes open-source applications over Linux with the same fancy-schmancy interface. This generation may lack the yummy, bouncy “physics-IA” operating system perks of the iPhone, but give it time. Something like this may force Apple to reconsider its “walled garden” techniques to give consumers the choice they want.
I thought this chart was pretty telling in terms of Apple’s ability to generate, maintain secrecy (otherwise you would have seen more spikes between 1/03 and 6/29) and ramp awareness before street date. In entertainment marketing, this graph would approximate an idealized “event/tent-pole” movie that becomes a blockbuster. What I find more interesting than the advertising and PR flighting is that this is nearly all UGC. It’s the ultimate case study on buzz/WOM and value-generation through cultivating a measured dialogue with all influencers and consumers in an ecosystem. Continue reading
Twitterverse has been down, but threw together this image from an old screencap to sum up 6/29.
People in line ageraged 35 posts (unscientific poll of three folks I follow–tbrunelle: 52; steverubel: 30; rexhammock 25). Even the people who weren’t in line joined the party as evidenced by my posts and others backlashing.