Here is an excerpt from a BBC post yesterday Is the Mobile Web Coming of Age relevant to librarians and everyone else:
“The strategies of companies ranging from Google to Microsoft and from Apple to Yahoo suggest they believe the future of the internet lies in mobile phones - but many in the industry believe the mobile web is still a long way from realising its potential…
Nokia’s executive vice president of markets Anssi Vanjoki told the BBC: ‘Steve Jobs did a great service for the digital industry by focusing the attention where we wanted it to be – on mobile and content.
‘More than one billion people have a Nokia device in their pocket. We see a big learning curve taking place with these so called mobile computers, which are about always being connected 24-7-365.
‘Everyone has an interest in mobile. And if we look at those four billion subscribers, the majority of growth is in the developing world.
‘We believe most of these people who experienced telephony through a mobile device will experience the internet through a mobile device.”
Sir Tim Berners Lee told the BBC: ‘In developing countries it’s going to be exciting because that is the only way that a lot of people will actually get to see the internet at all.”…
Google’s vice president of engineering Vic Gundotra said the migration to mobile was a natural progression for the world’s leader in internet search.
‘The entire world is moving to mobile and mobile is the most personal of all personal computers. They are increasing their importance and it has a dramatic impact on the future of Google.’
‘This year we are going to sell more internet-connected phones as an industry than the entire notebook market. These devices will become our agents, support us with advice, be our friends.
‘Through mobile and Google we are going to make the world’s information accessible and useful to everybody.’”