The Next Revolution in Mobile

By J. Gerry Purdy  |  Posted 2010-12-16 Print this article Print

The next revolution in mobile

I want to end this piece with a vision for the next revolution in mobile that will change things around again. Over the next 10 to 20 years, we'll see a world which I call "Mobile-Centric Computing" in which we have a network of mobile devices that are interconnected via the Internet.

Sure, the old Web will still be there-just like cash stayed around after the creation of credit cards. It will help with gigantic number-crunching and content storage. But in this new world of Mobile-Centric Computing, information is accessed from servers but also created on mobile devices and shared on other mobile devices.

In this new world of Mobile-Centric Computing, users will access and create information on notebook PCs and Macs. Information will be shared across hundreds of millions of tablets and billions of smartphones. Users won't spend much time on the traditional Web. Most of their time will be spent interacting among all of the mobile devices in their life.

Yes, the center of the information gravity is migrating toward mobile. It's not going to stop with just creating the mobile Web and mobile applications. It's going to keep on going until mobile is the center of the entire information universe, with spokes going out in all directions.

Mobile-Centric Computing. Remember that. You'll be hearing more about it in the years to come. 

J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D. is Principal Analyst of Mobile & Wireless at MobileTrax LLC. As a nationally recognized industry authority, Dr. Purdy focuses on monitoring and analyzing emerging trends, technologies and market behavior in the mobile computing and wireless data communications industry in North America. Dr. Purdy is an "edge of network" analyst looking at devices, applications and services, as well as wireless connectivity to those devices. Dr. Purdy provides critical insights regarding mobile and wireless devices, wireless data communications and connection to the infrastructure that powers the data in the wireless handheld. He is author of the column Inside Mobile & Wireless that provides industry insights and is read by over 100,000 people a month.

Dr. Purdy continues to be affiliated with the venture capital industry as well. He currently is Managing Director at Yosemite Ventures. And he spent five years as a Venture Advisor for Diamondhead Ventures in Menlo Park where he identified, attracted and recommended investments in emerging companies in mobile and wireless. He has had a prior affiliation with East Peak Advisors and, subsequently, following their acquisition, with FBR Capital Markets. For more than 16 years, Dr. Purdy has been consulting, speaking, researching, networking, writing and developing state-of-the-art concepts that challenge people's mind-sets, as well as developing new ways of thinking and forecasting in the mobile computing and wireless data arenas. Often quoted, Dr. Purdy's ideas and opinions are followed closely by thought leaders in the mobile and wireless industry. He is author of three books as well.

Dr. Purdy currently is a member of the Program Advisory Board of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) which produces CES, one of the largest trade shows in the world. He is a frequent moderator at CTIA conferences and GSM Mobile World Congress. He also is a member of the Board of the Atlanta Wireless Technology Forum. Dr. Purdy has a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from University of Tennessee, a M.S. degree in Computer Science from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Exercise Physiology from Stanford University. He can be reached at

Disclosure Statement: From time to time, I may have a direct or indirect equity position in a company that is mentioned in this column.  If that situation happens, then I'll disclose it at that time. 

J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., is Principal Analyst of Mobile & Wireless at MobileTrax LLC.
Dr. Purdy has been covering mobile, wireless, cloud & enterprise for the past 20+ years. He writes analysis and recommendations each week in an easy-to-read manner that helps people better understand important technology issues and assist them in making better technology purchasing decisions.

Disclosure Statement: From time to time, I may have a direct or indirect equity position in a company that is mentioned in a column. If that situation happens, then IÔÇÖll disclose it at that time.

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