Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Mobile Network is the Computer

From Ajit Jaokar at Futuretext. He makes the point that with 2Billion mobile network units in use versus 1Billion Internet users who access the net via a laptop or desktop, there is a huge opportunity in multilingual, non-textual collaboration and media creation that operates at a "higher level in the stack" and that lightweight Web 2.0 applications designed for the mobile network has great potential for innovation. India, South Korea and Japan lead in this new mobile convergence.

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Anonymous said...

Many thanks Dave for your comments and views on my blogs. kind rgds Ajit

Chris said...

I'm missing a jump here. So, you've got the ability to communicate without text (or at least not text-heavy), which enables multilingual sharing. But a few things in the image aren't sure things to me. The web 2.0 tools enable collaboration (tagging, linking, etc), and maybe the way tagging and bookmarking and social sites like Flickr/YouTube exist make it easier to promote community-based sharing of such information. But does it really "promote" collaboration? It's still just kind of opt-in.

Second, how does this move to the phone? Video over a phone right now is still painful, unless the video is scaled back to horrible bit rate, or the phones are 3G/nextgen broadband devices. (3 years out in the US, not counting EVDO and the like, which have low adoption so far).

I embrace this opportunity and hope it comes to pass, but there seem to be some leaps that aren't exactly sure things yet. That said, maybe it means we just work harder to make it that way, yes?



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