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Consolidation of iPhone Applications?

I believe that we will see some applications, not all, acquired and merged

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A few days ago I was watching the TV News in the evening and as usual lately, there was coverage of a company acquisition, nothing new there... But then following that story was an iPhone related story about great new apps... again nothing new (I'm always expecting those stories).

The close proximity of the stories got the 'old grey matter' thinking...

  • How many different takes on the same idea can co-exist?
  • Will we see applications be purchased and technology acquired?
  • Will this help the App Store?

ConsolidationIn July 2007 I wrote an article entitled "App Store Will Have to Evolve" that in conclusion stated... "It is my belief that the level of Mobile Applications will increase... as Apple state, "there's an app for just about anything'" and it is the 'just about' that in itself  is driving iPhone users to demand more! I also think that this increase, in the level of Mobile applications, will also drive an increase in the usefulness of each application. I'm going to sound like a Grumpy Old Man and say that I will happily wave goodbye to a reduction in the numbers of the novelty applications".

I am going to extend that statement by saying that I believe that we will see some applications, not all, acquired and merged. Yes, the App Store is a great example of pure competition, with many apps striving for top slot in their respective categories, but iPhone app M&A's, I believe, will create applications with increased functionality & capabilities.

As a by-product this would aid to the second wave in the App Store, that will happen in about 3 weeks when the iPad arrives... as well as the continued success of the iPhone! Talking about the iPad, check out the first cool TV ad...





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As one of the Sybase Technical Evangelists, Ian regularly addresses technical audiences all over the world and his sessions are always very well attended. He also writes education classes, whitepapers, demos and articles for various Sybase products and publishes regularly in Journals such as SYS-CON's PBDJ and International Developer Magazine. He is also the Sybase Unwired Platform & PocketBuilder Evangelist and works closely with the team in Dublin, CA and Concord, MA on new features and demonstrations for the products. In his customer-facing Evangelist role, Ian is very involved with the design, production and testing of Enterprise class Unwired Solutions, that have been implemented using Sybase's Unwired tools for Sybase customers around the globe. In addition, Ian is a dedicated technical expert continually working with Sybase's key partners and clients to enhance the capabilities of the Unwired solutions that Sybase can offer to its customers. Ian can also be found on Twitter @ithain

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