Google Android Father Says Our Mobile Future Is Steeped in Sensors
Just days before the Dream smart phone unveiling by Google and T-Mobile, Android creator Andy Rubin offers some musings on what kinds of application development and Web services we might expect in the mobile and wireless space over the next decade. Sensors will propel location-based services, crowdsourcing, social networking and more or less smarter computing experiences for people on the go, Rubin says.Andy Rubin, father of Google's Android operating system, waxed ecstatic about the future of mobile computing in a blog post Sept. 19.
The post, timed to whet users' appetites ahead of the introduction of the first Android-based smart phone by Google and T-Mobile in New York Sept. 23, is getting little play in the blogosphere.
Google watchers are probably tuckered out from the series of prognosticating blog posts Google has pumped out since Marissa Mayer blogged exhaustively on the future of search. However, I think it's important to pay attention to Rubin with the Android Dream so close at hand.
Though Rubin doesn't mention the keywords Android or T-Mobile once, I choose to read his communiqu??Â« as a gimlet-eyed indicator of what we can expect from phones and other mobile devices based on Android, as well as phones from Nokia, Apple and Microsoft, in the next decade.
Noting that there are roughly 3.2 billion mobile gadget subscribers in the world, Rubin said sensors in our phones power clocks, thermometers, accelerometers and even compasses. Other sensors calculate user location and gauge battery power.
Sensors will be ubiquitous, as Rubin wrote:
Your phone knows a lot about the world around you. If you take that intelligence and combine it in the cloud with that of every other phone, we have an incredible snapshot of what is going on in the world right now. Weather updates can be based on not hundreds of sensors, but hundreds of millions. Traffic reports can be based not on helicopters and road sensors, but on the density, speed, and direction of the phones (and people) stuck in the traffic jams.
Our phones will be smart about our situation and alert us when something needs our attention. While we currently get news alerts or notifications when tickets go on sale, mobile Web apps will monitor our personalized preferences in the Internet cloud and tailor information updates to us.