Mobile computing solutions have been gaining market share over the last year. In Australia, the lag in the introduction of mobile technology/devices, compared to North America, means trends in mobile tech uptake are far less visible. They are though becoming more evident, On my morning commute, it is, now invariably possible to see one third of the people on the carriage, hooked into a smartphone of one flavour or another.
The biggest factor in Oz to the uptake of smartphone tech, was not the iPhone, it was the iPhone 3Gs. It was really the mobile device that brought the Mobile Web to the masses. Yet, the majority of the iPhone users here are PC users. Probably the second most used mobile devices you see are Symbian powered, with Blackberry coming third, but it’s visible.
Windows Mobile, and Palm, are like needles in a haystack. My friend Sammy over at PalmAddicts linked to an interesting article today, from the UK Times.The article in the Times highlights, current rumours, about Android, The Nexus One, The Google Phone, and the Apple Tablet. More importantly though it focuses on the fact, that the computer in your pocket, is fast becoming your primary computer.
“Desktop computers are so last decade. 2010 is shaping up to be the year when internet users move decisively away from bulky machines to the mobile web. The trend towards portable, mini-laptops and devices that allow you to surf the web on the go will accelerate in 2010 as companies slug it out in the key battleground of smartphones”
Either way, are you noticing a trend in your own internet usage? Is your phone your portal? Are you more and more dependant on your mobile connection?