Google’s move will impact Secure Element makers

Google, a mobile platform maker (of Android), starts to de-emphasize carrier-based NFC. As per IDC’s report (Aug 2013), Android accounts for 79% of the Smartphone shipments as on 2Q2013. iOS (through iPhones) accounts for another 13% of the Smartphone shipments. If Google manages to establish the Host-Card-Emulation standard as an alternative to the secure-element(SE) based NFC transactions, SE-makers have a steep climb ahead to compensate for lost revenue from SE sales. Read more about Google’s move. Google says Goodbye to carrier based NFC systems, with HCE How will SE-makers react to this dynamic?

The product manager vs the product owner

An interesting read about the worlds of Product Owners & Product Managers on Pragmatic Marketing. The article has quite an interesting start, read on to find more… The Mythical Product Owner Product Managers must quickly adapt to the Agile methodology, or face becoming sidelined. It is critical to understand the relationship between traditional and new roles within a delivery organization, particularly between the Product Manager and the Product Owner. Barbara Nelson said in The Politics of Agile, “When product managers weren’t looking, the developers went agile.” Indeed, many Product Managers were taken by surprise at the speed of Agile’s adoption. And...

Wireless charging for mobile phones…

This article, here raised a few questions in my mind. Companies, public connect with wireless smartphone chargers More wireless charging solutions for mobile phone! So how will this impact adjacent industries? Imagine mobile-phone based applications that swiftly eat through the mobile phone battery-life. For instance mobile apps/services based on multimedia ( like – video playback, video-on-demand, camera apps), location-based-services (read – GPS & internet services), augmented reality services etc. Such solution providers must look at partnering with wireless charging eco-system providers. Wouldn’t wireless charging enable consumers recharge their phone-batteries & reduce adoption barriers for the said application categories?

mPOS: Addressing new customer segments! A case of blue-ocean strategy!

In an attempt to better understand and apply the blue-ocean strategy, I decided to test the framework on a rapidly evolving market – the payment’s industry. The solutions in the payments industry can be broadly classified into categories: those addressing emerging economies and those addressing developed economies. It naturally follows that the value propositions of the payments solutions in these two segments are quite apart and hence the associated value networks differ as well. Here, I take a look at the developed economy market and specifically into a trend that has attracted several firms – mobile point of sale (mPOS). In its...