Just because hand held devices have extended features, the latest ones like the iPhone or G1 [7, 8] are called smart phones. The devices themselves are not smart, it is only the programs they can run that allow them to deliver smart experiences. Especially the two mentioned phones because end-users can easily get third party tools (already with Apple AppStore and Android Market [7, 8]). Now, end-users will not be just limited to a handful set of applications, anyone can develop and download its own applications. If simple users can, corporations can do it too!
Here are two fun scenarios:
IMHO, if the mobile market can become open (no-more locked-in phones, less 3 years plan, etc.), if more operators adopt real standards , if the development tools are freely or cheaply available, smart enhanced devices are going to be omnipresent. And it is good for all parts of the planet, rich and poor countries, dense and sparse one. Information will flow everywhere, come from everywhere. That is an amazing perspective!
- Tim O'Reilly at Web 2.0 Expo in New York.
- Future of mobile, by Google.
- Digital Imaging Systems announces 9 MP camera for mobile handsets.
- Nokia Photos 1.5 announcement.
- Global positioning: GPS and Galileo.
- How pictures are geotagged. How to geo-tagged pictures cheaply ;)
- Apple iPhone and Apple AppStore.
- HTC G1 (with Android and offered by T-Mobile) and Android Market announcement.
- Near-Field Communication presentation on Wikipedia.
- Qik: share live video from your phone.
- Apple iPhone Accelerometers, and optional API for Android accelerometers (because hardware dependent).
- Lighting system automatically adapted in Aéroports de Paris: already 1.8 million kWh saved (in French).
- Telus and Bell adopt HSPA for their 4G networks (extension of GSM instead of CDMA).
- Video with Google's mobile product cheif on mobile productivity.