Is Canada a Mobile Technology Testing Ground?

by Istvan Fekete on December 28, 2012

Canadian App StoreWe were talking yesterday about how the majority of Canadians have ended up being “nomophobic”, and how mobile technology has conquered certain areas of our lives. Now, besides asking myself whether the technology is hurting us or making our life easier, here are some quick facts about the Canadian mobile market.

Canadian Mobile wallets are miles away from happening

Although the concept was born about ten years ago, we’ve only just reached the critical mass of smartphone users necessary to begin talking about it. Square and PayPal are the two leaders in this area, with Square processing the payments at 2.75% per transaction.

According to PayPal Canada’s managing director, the real challenge isn’t changing the form factor by moving my credentials from a plastic card to a chip on a phone. While the technology industry tends to assume everyone wants mobile commerce, this is just an image they project, and the reality looks a little different most of the time. One of the main reasons why we won’t see Canadians paying with their mobile phones in the very near future is because small businesses won’t adopt it. The reason? The fear of new fees. And until there are new rules, they will keep out.

Canada has become America’s mobile app guinea pig

This could be one reason to be proud (or maybe not): If Canadians say “okay” to a new mobile app, the whole American continent will follow. In other words, Canada is used as a risk-free test market, as failed launches won’t get as much attention like in the neighborhood, so developers can fine tune their app based on Canadians’ feedback, so the “consumer ready” application can hit the US App Store – the promised land, as they say. This trick has been used by many app developers who have launched their app in Canada first, before hitting the US App Store.

Technology is hurting our lives (or does it to make it easier?)

How many times have you hand-written a note lately? Steve Jobs once said that the early days of computing were hard, as people didn’t know how to type – they needed to learn that before we could see the rapid adoption of computers. Now we are seeing exactly the opposite: digital texts have pushed handwriting behind.

This obviously involves the automaton of spell checking, both online and on mobile. Furthermore, now voice recognition software (Siri, Dictation, Google Now) is spreading like wildfire, raising the prospect that typing could become another skill that is made redundant.

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tech blog December 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Some of the apps are data hogs. Wonder how long before we lose unlimited data ?

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