12 Nov

Enabling Voice Communication on Android Apps

Check out the new guest post that I wrote on Enabling Voice Communication on Android Apps, for the Safari Books Online blog. It covers how to enable voice communication using the Android SIP Stack/API.

Enabling voice communication on Android apps is possible via the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) stack. This protocol originated in 2000 as a signaling protocol in support of Voice over IP (VoIP). With today’s move to IP wireless networks such as LTE, SIP is the core signaling protocol for voice over IP Multimedia Subsystems (IMS). In this post we will explore how to enable voice communication on Android apps by using the Android Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) stack. With the transformation of traditional networks as IP-networks, and the future of voice as a “data app,” expect media-rich and location-aware communication apps, where the smartphone plays a central role in personal communications. This means that developers can now create a new breed of voice communication apps like never before. This post assumes you are somewhat familiar with the Android platform and the Java language.

Read Enabling Voice Communication on Android Apps (source: Safari Books Online).

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11 May

On SMS traffic and revenue (early 2012)

Today I read the following (Strand Consults):

“Facebook is killing the mobile operators’ SMS traffic and revenue… The golden days where SMS traffic and revenue simply continued to grow are almost over, as customers are now moving part of their mobile communication traffic over to Facebook.”

But I would say it differently:

Facebook *Data* is killing the mobile operators’ SMS traffic and revenue”.

Yes, Facebook is definitely helping kill SMS revenue, but *data* is what is really killing SMS usage and revenue — data is what enables Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the many other content and messaging apps and tools.

Network Operators have known that this day would come, and, operators are making tons of money with data today.

I’ve been seeing something interesting among the Net-generation (teenagers, young adults) — they are preferring Twitter over Facebook when it comes to messaging. Let’s not under estimate the power of “short and straight to the point” messaging. What this tells me is that Facebook will peak, and others will take its place w.r.t. messaging.

Data taking over SMS was a matter of time. The “death” of SMS, time-wise, is actually happening as expected:

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09 Oct

Concepts and Technologies behind Real-time Demand Data – A Consumer, Mobile and Business Perspective

A continuation of one of my favorite research topics, the mobile context and the meaning of interactions, below is my latest as presented at the 2009 Demand Analytics conference — this time with focus on real-time demand data, the consumer and businesses. The audience was mainly category and brand managers for big consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies.

See the related presentation Mobility and People’s Context, Interactions and Data, which was originally presented at Design4Mobile 2008.

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30 Nov

Mobile Consumption Numbers for 3 Months Average Ending August 2008 (M:Metrics)

Interesting numbers from comScore M:Metrics on mobile consumption/usage for 3 months ending August 2008; see press release:

comScore Mobile Benchmark Study of Mobile Media Consumption

Three Month Average Ending August 2008 vs. Same Period in 2007

Total U.S. Mobile Subscribers

Source: comScore M:Metrics

Activity

 Subscribers (000)

% Mobile Subscribers

% Change

News &
Info via Browser

36,185

15.9%

1.3%

News &
Info via Download

13,274

5.8%

7.0%

IM

21,032

9.2%

6.1%

News & Info via SMS

18,727

8.2%

4.0%

Social
Networking

14,947

6.6%

8.8%

Email (Work
& Personal)

33,564

14.7%

4.5%

Purchased
Ringtone

20,124

8.8 %

-2.0%

Purchased
Games

5,478

2.4%

-1.0%

Used
Network for Photos/Video

59,877

26.3%

-1.1%

Listened to
music

19,001

8.3%

-2.2%

Received
SMS ads

48,943

21.5%

-0.5%

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18 Nov

The gods are being good to Network Operators

…or, the Network Providers/Operators must be having a blast.

The network providers are doing just fine… new cool handsets here and there, handset exclusivity on certain networks, message usage is up, data consumption is up, new services are coming up, very cool applications from web to native, developers and more developers, and prices are up…

Not too bad for the current state of the economy, don’t you agree?

I’ll tell you, mobility is the place to be…

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