Almost every American owns and uses a mobile phone. They’ve become such an integral part of our lives that we feel naked without them. People of my generation (I’m a recent college graduate) wake up to their phone’s alarm, then they text, tweet, call, chat, e-mail, or BBM until the moment their heads hit the pillow. Then they wake up and do it all again.
Since they’re as everyday as eating and sleeping, here’s an update on what’s happening in the mobile world.
Kik It Up A Notch
The newest app to take the world by storm is Kik
Kik is a free messaging system similar to Blackberry’s Blackberry Messenger (BBM) or AOL’s Instant Messenger. Kik works across several platforms, including Blackberry, iPhone and Andriod.
Last week this app hit two million users in only three weeks.
Kik’s goal is to bring instant messaging away from the computer and onto the phone so that you’ll never leave home without it.
Information from Mashable.com’s Kik article.
Netflix Holds Out On Android
iPhone, iPads and Windows 7 have a Netflix streaming app, but Android users will have to wait a bit longer.
According to a Wired.com article, the Android platform’s security issues made Hollywood take a step back. Piracy is a major issue with the film industry and most of the Android phones didn’t meet its standards.
However, since there are several Android models, some Android users will be able to get the Netflix app starting in early 2011.
And finally the old stand by question:
Will Apple Stop Teasing Verizon Users?
According to a Wall Street Journal article, the answer is, yes.
In October. an article detailing that Apple is making an iPhone for Verizon Wireless appeared on WSJ.com, whetting the appetite of all Apple-loving, Verizon-using, smartphone junkies.
There has yet to be any final word. However, another WSJ.com article claims many Verizon users are so sure the iPhone is coming their way that they’re waiting to update their phones until the magical day Apple stops teasing them.