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Mobility Through the Years - 2008 Olympics vs. the 2012 Olympics

July 25, 2012


2008 to 2012. Four years isn’t a lot of time – it seems like only yesterday, for example, that swimmer Michael Phelps stole the show with eight gold medals. But we’re here to talk about mobility. If winning eight gold medals seems impressive, the latest numbers behind today’s mobile world – compared to numbers back in 2008 – are likely to impress as well.

For example, as hard as it may be to believe, when Phelps was winning his medals Android (News - Alert) had all of .5 percent market share. As we head into the 2012 Olympics that number has modestly increased to 56.1 percent. Twitter users? 6 million back then…140 million today. Smartphones sold? 139.3 million then…657 million today. There is much more, as the image to the left – put together by our friends at Float Mobile Learning – clearly demonstrates.

If anyone would like to place predictions on these numbers for the 2014 Winter Olympics, let us know! Will smartphones cross a billion? We think so. Facebook (News - Alert) users? That is an interesting one to try to call. Let us and Float Mobile Learning know what you think.

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Tony Rizzo has spent over 25 years in high tech publishing and joins TMCnet after a stint as Editor in Chief of Mobile Enterprise Magazine (News - Alert), which followed a two year stretch on the mobile vendor side of the world. Tony also spent five years as the Director of Mobile Research for 451 Research. Before his jump into mobility Tony spent a year as a publishing consultant for CMP Media, and served as the Editor in Chief of Internet World, NetGuide and Network Computing. He was the founding Technical Editor of Microsoft (News - Alert) Systems Journal.

Edited by Braden Becker