Application stores were another area of emphasis recently. Outside of Apple and Google, smartphone suppliers have had little luck in developing a following for their stores. With the emergence of cloud and HTML5-based applications, a new opportunity has emerged: browser-based mobile applications. Consequently, InCode expects operators, OEMs, and handset manufacturers to launch such stores.
In the last 18 months, competition has heated up, and vendors delivered bevy of new devices. But not all will be successful With component shortages expected to continue and demand still uncertain because of the economy, the professional services division predicts that at least one former OEM stalwart brand will not make it through the new year. So not everyone is looking forward to the next 12 months.