What future for the mobile phone in a multi-platform world?

Marek Pawlowski, who created the Mobile User Experience conference asked me my views on : What future for the mobile phone in a multi-platform world? (which is also the theme of the MEX conference this year)

Here are my views:

There was once a notion of the mobile device as a remote control to our life.

Initially, that notion was fanciful .. but today it may be closer than we think ..

As mobile networks become more open – they will embrace the opportunities from non phone devices.

Thus, the phone (if we may call it that) will embrace functionality from other devices. This is already happening.

But more importantly, the idea of a ‘connection’ will be decoupled from the person. People already have more than one phones in many cases .. but devices will also be network enabled. This makes a big difference.

So, what technologies/initiatives are making this possible in the near future(three to five years)?

If we get that right – then we can indeed predict the role of the mobile device in the multiplatform world

Here are my bets

a) The Cloud – which unifies the Web, Mobile and social network domains

b) The Internet of things enabled through the Cloud / mobile device: The phone becomes a magic wand to the cloud services: Mobile sensor based interface to the cloud to jump start the Internet of things ..

c) DLNA

d) Smart Grids which provide a ‘use case’ for ubiquitous computing. I am doing some research in this space if you are interested

e) LTE – Why LTE is needed next year

f) Femtocells and homegateways

Some notes .. I believe that TV(as it is currently) will NOT adapt fast enough .. see I don’t need two government funded TV channels – I need a wikipedia button on my Sky remote .. and these developments will be good for the Operator as their network gets deployed into more areas It will also be good for device makers ..

The word ‘mobile phone’ will have no meaning and will be used only as a fallback from the old days – just the the word ‘computer’ is used today i.e. at one time the primary function of the computer was to ‘compute’ today .. we take that function for granted ..

Comments welcome!

Comments

  1. Charles says:

    “Smart Grids which provide a ‘use case’ for ubiquitous computing. I am doing some research in this space if you are interested”
    Anything you can discuss?