Published on October 14th, 2008 | by Babar Bhatti0
BusinessWeek On The Battle For Mobile Web Dominance
BW has an article on how “Nokia Aims to Be No. 1 on the Mobile Web”. Well, so does Apple, Google and to some extent Blackberry. Microsoft is out of the race. It will be interesting to see the numbers after one year. Let the race begin.
Nokia will sell nearly half a billion handsets this year—50 times the number of iPhones Apple hopes to sell. The Finnish company already is well entrenched in the chaotic streets of Lagos, the rice paddies along the Ganges, and in factories and schools from São Paulo to Shanghai. Its phones are ubiquitous in areas where people have never heard of Apple.
Last year, Nokia posted a prototype of Sports Tracker, a free application for runners and other athletes that uses a GPS phone to record their training. A million people downloaded the program, which quickly morphed into a way for users to create online diaries and share photos of their whereabouts. Nokia rebranded the program as viNe for athletes and others, underscoring how the mobile Web is evolving more by user creativity than corporate decree.