The Friday Fanfare

I always love how I am always told that sports help bring people together, omitting that filling a building with two groups of fans that may hate each other seems to put the lie to the statement. While riots at soccer matches now seem passé, try wearing a Cowboy jersey to an Eagles home game. The international scene is just as bad- look at the “friendly” match between the Georgetown Hoyas and Chinese professional team Bayi Rockets. Then again a bench clearing brawl does bring the players together!

So you are a developer looking to create a sports app for the Android. Do you create a web-based app or one that is designed specifically for the mobile users. Well according to the latest research from market researcher Nielsen’s Smart Phone Analytics, mobile apps wins if the metric you are looking for is time used. According to the release on Nielsenwire, “the average Android consumer in the U.S. spends 56 minutes per day actively interacting with the web and apps on their phone. Of that time, two-thirds is spent on mobile apps while one-third is spent on the mobile web” Creating a popular app is also very important (no kidding), with the top ten Android apps accounting for 43% of all time spent by users.

For the few that might have missed it, Google has made its biggest potential acquisition todate with its $12.5 billion bid for Motorola Mobility, a $63% premium over the closing price of MM shares from last Friday. There are a huge number of reasons for Google’s move, starting with the more than 15,000 patents owned or filed by MM. Google has been complaining that rivals such as Microsoft, Sony and Apple are trying to squeeze it via their patent portfolios and the recently acquired ones they have gained via their $4.5 billion purchase of Nortel Networks. The newly acquired MM patents will help Google fight back as well as help the company expand into additional markets. I expect a decent patent war to break out between the different parties before they come to their collective senses and signs some cross patent licensing agreements a la the Intel/AMD deals of yore.

Today’s rant: I can force myself, on occasion, to watch preseason games. Football tends to be the one sport I do it the most for since I often attend baseball Spring Training. So why do the broadcast channels insist on overrunning the games with sideline reporters? It’s bad enough in baseball when the coach spouts a few clichés straight out of Bull Durham, but in the later part of preseason NFL games it seems that every star is interviewed when their time on the field is finished. I have yet to heard anything of interest, and since it takes away from showing the game, I often tend to drift off to another channel-ohh look Animal Planet has a feature on badgers! How about trying to supply some real analysis? Maybe talk about the formations and the players and who might have a chance to stick, you know, what I am always hoping a network will provide. End rant.


  1. Put the Honey Badger in a preseason game and I’m watching. The Honey Badger doesn’t give a shit. He’ll eat the Jaguars.


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