BlackBerry Playbook Falls Short: Email, calendar, address book, video chatting, turn-by-turn navigation, and an app store. What do these features have in common? None of them are available on the BlackBerry Playbook currently. With roll-out plans starting as early as this summer for some of the features, did it make sense for RIM to launch the device so early? NYTimes
Android for Ads, iPhone for Apps: The increasing number of Android devices have lead to a much higher ad revenue for publishers on the Android platform, according Millennial Media’s MobileMix report. For those looking to profit off the sale of an app, however, Apple is still the way to go. The report is definitely interesting, and AllThingsD does a great job of breaking it down, but keep in mind these stats aren’t app specific, they apply to mobile web on those devices as well. AllThingsD
Tweetbot May Derail Twitter for iPhone: Twitter has made clear its plan for everyone to use either its official app or the website directly. This was made apparent when they purchased Tweetie. Since then, not many Twitter apps have been released, at least none this well made. The question is, will Twitter allow for the split to start growing again or will they buy Tweetbot? Or worse, will UberMedia buy it? iTunes
Farewell to “Can You Hear Me Now?”: After nine years committed to Verizon, Paul Marcarelli has been let go. The actor whose common phrase “Can you hear me now?” seems happy to be off of the short leash Verizon kept him on. Considering Verizon iPhone deals with dropped calls just like the AT&T one, it makes sense that this phrase becomes retired, along with the man behind the glasses. The Atlantic
Nokia’s Ovi Store Not Quite Dead Yet: Nokia has made the transition to using Windows Phone 7 for the operating system of all future devices, but that doesn’t mean that the existing devices will no longer have access to the Ovi Store. While nothing substantial, that store now has close to 5 million downloads per day. It will be interesting to see if the store grows much further past the 40,000 apps mark. MobileCrunch
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