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ABI Predicts Automotive App Revenue... Please Shatter the Crystal Ball! - 06/25/2013

ABI Research today released an “interesting“ press release where they forecast that “the number of automotive apps downloaded in cars will jump from around 12 million at end of 2012 to 4.3 billion at end of 2018 generating revenues of $1.67 billion...

Nokia’s Trapster Could Have Been Waze - 07/31/2013

Following the $966 million acquisition of Israeli start-up Waze by Google a few weeks ago, it is interesting to compare its fate with Trapster, another start-up app that was quite similar, pioneered the community-based driving app and was acquired...

The Dirty Truth of GPS-Generated Location - 03/18/2013

It’s no secret that ad impressions with any location data will demand a premium over average CPMs for mobile ads.  This premium is often two to five times over non-location-tagged impressions.  Small wonder that some (not all) mobile ad exchange...

Apple Maps: Why Not Better, Sooner? - 04/04/2013

Last week Apple posted on its career website seven jobs of “Maps Ground Truth managers“; one on each continent with the mission to manage a regional team responsible for the quality of the local Apple map. According to Apple’s post: “each Team’s...

Waze, Facebook, Google and Who Takes Advantage of Rumors - 05/27/2013

As we predicted in a previous story (read here) Google is now supposedly buying Waze according to a Bloomberg story. Questioning a Waze Acquisition by Google There are essentially two reasons why Google, Facebook or any other could buy Waze: the...

Telematics and the Crystal Ball - 02/07/2013

In the last couple of weeks I received several emails from Telematics Update - the organizers of the once yearly, now monthly telematics conferences - which wanted to sell me the “Telematics Connectivity Strategies Report 2013,“ a 90 pages reports...

Map Data Ownership: a Competitive Advantage? € - 01/21/2013

A persisting rumor in the LBS industry is the “possible“ acquisition of TomTom by Apple as if the ownership of map data would represent a competitive advantage per se. In the following article we comprehensively investigate the map data business and how map data ownership did not bring a competitive advantage to TomTom and Nokia in the last five years.

Apple and Mapping? - 06/20/2012

In this article, Michael Dobson, President of TeleMapics gives his opinion about the problem faced by Apple in entering the mapping business.

ESRI Acquires Geoloqi... Geo-what? - 10/17/2012

ESRI this week announced the acquisition of Portland-based LBS start-up Geoloqi. Geoloqi is a 7 people start-up that was born in 2010 with the intent to make life easier to developers willing to add LBS features to their app. Geoloqi raised about...

Should Automakers Build their Own App Stores? - 05/02/2012

In the last 12 months a number of automakers have announced and sometimes already launched new in vehicle infotainment systems that feature their own, built-in app stores. It sounded great and innovative at first sight, but the more I looked at it...

NAVTEQ Customers: Is Nokia Willing to Eat your Lunch? € - 05/21/2012

Three weeks ago, digital map maker NAVTEQ, now completely integrated into Nokia’s Location and Commerce division, held its annual European customer event, “Directions 2012“. The well attended event that gathered several hundred people was...

Canalys Pessimistic about Future of CE Retail - 04/19/2012

On the heels of U.S. consumer electronics (CE) store Best Buy announcing the closure of 42 of its stores, market research firm Canalys predicts that many more consumer electronics retailers will follow in the footsteps of Surcouf, Best Buy Europe,...
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