While much of the attention on Amazon’s shock and awe product launch on Wednesday focused, reasonably enough, on the products themselves – and there were a fair few of them to focus on – it is worth taking some time to look at the wider implications of the announcements (other, that is, than the glum faces at Apple).
With Apple almost certain to announce its next iPhone model next week, Amazon has stolen its thunder, announcing not one, but four new devices: a tablet (a poorly kept secret) and three new Kindle models.
It can hardly have escaped the notice of anyone who follows the mobile commerce market that Google’s long awaited mobile wallet launch finally happened last week.
The news that William Hill is in talks to buy the UK-based (but Gibraltar-licensed) Probability
provides the clearest evidence yet of the bookmaker’s intent to strengthen its hand in the mobile sector and to deliver a suite a products to compete with those of rival Ladbrokes.
Last week’s news was full of content for those following the mobile commerce market. With the imminent launch of Google Wallet, both PayPal and Mastercard shared their approaches to mobile payments with the world.
I have previously blogged about the impact of mobile data traffic growth and smartphone usage, highlighting how it is increasingly outstripping network capacity.
Catching-up on the news last week, I noted that UK mobile operator Three has lodged an objection to the EC about the planned mobile payments JV announced in June by O2, Everything Everywhere and Vodafone.
A couple of weeks ago I blogged on the state of mobile TV: specifically about the fact that, while the means of delivery and access might be somewhat different to that envisaged by the adherents of dedicated mobile broadcast TV several years ago, then it is nevertheless beginning to develop substantive audiences.