At first sight, mobile9 struck me as a site probably developed by a multinational (MNC) company with its spiffy layout and simple-to-use interface. Intrigued by the line “It’s more than just an app store. Truly open, truly social” on the landing page; I soon discovered that this is what developers and phone users have been hoping for. Another revelation about mobile9.com knocked my tech journalist’ socks off – the site was created by a Malaysian, Patrick Ooi.
Next thing you know, I hastily registered for a free account and found out that there is more than meets the eye to mobile9. Content is customised to your device, be it a feature-phone or a smartphone. From a list of devices, you can select the model and mobile9.com will display all the themes, ringtones, wallpapers, softwares, videos and SMS templates to your liking.
As this is a social networking site of sorts, the whole idea is about sharing content and you can just upload just about anything. Follow peers and get followed. Facebook ‘Like’ it, tweet it and share your creations to the multitudes on mobile9. How many people can I reach in this ‘multitude’, you ask? Well, about 38 million users as of August 2011.
Video tutorials show you detailed step-by-step guides to upload content onto the site. In case you ever feel lost on the site, you can join the mobile9 community which is a forum for discussion. As I have mentioned before, your content is catered for your particular device so what does this mean for users and developers?
As you can see from this link, developers can upload an app to Apple’s App Store and BlackBerry World in a few simple steps. Mobile9 provides the perfect social platform to enable you to get your apps to the top of the ladder. You get to track the progress of your apps, manage them and even apply for Sponsored Listing where you only give the moolah when someone clicks on your ad.
So what’s in it for us users? Well, since mobile9.com screams the four-letter-word that starts with F, it is beneficial for everyone. Before you accuse me of libel, the word I’m referring to is FREE and that is why millions flock to this thriving site. I was pleasantly surprised that it supports the LG Optimus 3D smartphone (a review unit) and content is readily available even for new or dated phones.
PC.com has to give mobile9.com’s founder Patrick Ooi a pat on the back for creating this viral social content sharing platform and making it easier to give and take. With 1.6 million plus mobile content available for download, we foresee a continuous growth in numbers. So, what are you waiting for? Sign up and share now!