The Mobile Minute: Native Apps vs. Web Apps, A Texting Habits Infographic, and Defining "Mobile" Technology

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Aug 18, 2010

Today's Mobile Minute brings you coverage on the debate between native apps and web apps, an Android application that uses Spyware to mine GPS data, questions about how to define "mobile" devices, an infographic that details texting habits in the US and around the world, and a controversy over a mobile water-finding app for people crossing the Mexico/US border. 

  • Devices such as the iPad, Kindle, and Tablet have sparked a debate - what is a mobile device? Is it strictly a mobile phone? Or any device that can be accessed while on the move? reports that Apple's move to have content work across iPods, iPhones, and iPads might bring licensing agreements into question.  
  • An infographic on Mashable illustrates texting habits, from comparing texting rates by age groups to the number of mobile users who admit to sending SMSs while driving. The graphic also shows how texting habits have increased over time, and reports that roughly five trillion texts are now sent annually worldwide.

[Mobile Minute Disclaimer: The Mobile Minute is a quick round-up of interesting stories that have come across our RSS and Twitter feeds to keep you informed of the rapid pace of innovation. Read them and enjoy them, but know that we have not deeply investigated these news items. For more in-depth information about the ever-growing field of mobile tech for social change, check out our blog posts, white papers and research, how-tos, and case studies.]

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Thanks to Dan Sinker for his contributions!  Tag anything you see on twitter or your RSS feed #mobilemin and we'll include it in a future Mobile Minute!


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