The number of users accessing the Internet will double by 2016. The driving force behind the numbers are the emerging markets. Most of these new users will access the web via mobile phones.
Currently, there are 3 billion Internet users, according to Google. There are 200 million new Internet users every year. About 80% of the new users access the web via mobile phones.
What this means is, there are plenty of opportunities for mobile developers. Remember the good old days when blocks of ice were sold by the thousands by ice manufacturers. They made a handsome profit back then.
But, the arrival of the refrigerator forever changed the landscape. Companies simply folded and moved on to something more profitable. It will be the same story for many technologists today.
The shift is on. Mobile development will be on the rise. There will be a huge demand for mobile developers. It’s time for many of us to change gears.
A universal phone charger for cell phones was recently approved by the Universal Telecommunication Union (ICU). Starting in the first half of 2010, you will see the universal phone charger with a micro USB type connector to be available for sale to the general public. The new standard charger will help save the environment because consumers will be holding on to their chargers longer. The universal phone charger should work on all future phones.
The latest reiteration of the Firefox browser in the upcoming version 3.6 will have an auto-orientation feature allowing devices with accelerometers such as mobile phones and laptops to show the Firefox browser either in portrait or landscape mode. The browser auto-rotates according to the orientation of the devices. This will not have much of an impact to desktop users, but certainly a release geared towards mobile devices.
Japan always seems to be at the edge of technology. So, it doesn’t surprise me a bit that Japan would go mobile first with Twitter before the United States. What does it take for Twitter to launch a mobile website going? Well, maybe a few dozens servers and load balancing at the very least, because the Twitter’s infamous fail whale began showing up on a few mobile phones.
T-Mobile just announced the G1 phone, an Android-powered phone scheduled for release on October 22 for $179 with a two year committment. Android is an open and free mobile platform from Google.
From the hardware perspective, the G1 is slightly bulkier than the iPhone at 5.6 ounces. The G1’s screen is a bit smaller at 3.17 inches compared to the iPhone’s at 3.5 inch. The difference is offset by the G1’s full QWERTY keyboard.
The G1 is capable of synchronizing to online applications automatically. The phone can be configured with instant messaging and pop or imap email. The Google Browser and Google Search works with a Wifi signal.
The other cool application that runs on the G1 is Google Maps. The G1 comes with GPS and is capable of running Google’s Street View. The phone comes with a built-in compass. Pointing the phone in any direction changes the vantage point of Street View. A very cool feature indeed.
In terms of music, the G1 music player is capable of playing MP3, WMA, AAC and Ogg Vorbis files. The OGG format is welcome addition to open-source fans since OGG format is open and patent-free.
Unfortunately, there is no video player for the G1. The other drawback is T-Mobile 3G service is only available in 21 markets, otherwise the G1 has to use an older EDGE network.