Can I get a drumroll please? Or maybe just the trill of a thousand ringtones to celebrate the selection of our Mobilize 2010 Launchpad finalists? It’s hard to sift through the excitement around the mobile sector right now, so for the second year, GigaOM hopes to help cut through the hype and present 10 companies we think have interesting products and ideas in the mobile space.
Neilsen estimates that by this time next year, half the U.S. population will have a smartphone, and during the second quarter of this year, folks consumed an average of 230 MB of data on their handsets, up by 50 percent from the year before according to data from Chetan Sharma. The opportunity that was once owned by carriers has now opened up to an entire ecosystem of hardware and app vendors that also hope to profit. We’ve selected 10 of those companies with hopes for building a mobile business below. Check them out now, and come see them at Mobilize 2010 in San Francisco, Calif. on Sept. 30.
AdelaVoice is using voice and speech recognition technologies to create a better, interactive relationship between people and their devices.
FeedHenry provides a cloud platform for building and deploying consumer and enterprise apps that can run on all smartphones, social media sites and browsers from a single code base.
Jiepang is the leading mobile location-based social networking service in China, similar to Foursquare in the U.S.
Micello is akin to Google (s goog) Maps inside a building, and hopes to take the location-based services market to the micro-local level.
Netmobo provides a platform that allows mobile developers to exploit new revenue models through flexible pricing, charging, payment and customer usage controls.
SpiderCloud Wireless has developed an enterprise Radio Access Network to help mobile operators address coverage and capacity issues inside the enterprise with new hardware.
Spork, a location-based application that turns every street corner into a personalized menu of dishes and drinks based on trusted recommendations and reviews.
Unity Technologies offers Unity, its game development platform for creating highly interactive 3-D content on mobile, web and console.
Visiarc offers push mail & mobile document sharing in the cloud with unique remote mobile attachment handling.
Vive is a social recommendations start-up within Qualcomm (s qcom) Services Labs that enables viral word of mouth between friends and Vive users across fragmented platforms.
Mobilize 2010 is a high-level meeting-of-the-minds where executives and entrepreneurs from app companies, carriers, service providers, infrastructure companies and technology firms will come together with leading media and venture investors to discuss pressing issues in the mobile industry. The LaunchPad program highlights those companies and products that are seizing the opportunities and filling gaps in the rapidly evolving mobile industry. The entire agenda and speaker roster can be found here.
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