Theme No. 6: Seamless Sync
Theme No. 6: Seamless sync I once spoke at an Intellisync event and said that sync works best when it disappears; that it works best when it is operating in the background without the user having to directly participate in the syncing process. Take MobileMe, My Phone and Good Mobile Portal. They all synchronize the user's contacts, calendar, e-mail and photos with their PCs, Macs, the Web and the user's phones. And they do it seamlessly and automatically operating in the background.I talked with Intel about how they see the Atom processor migrating into a number of different Mobile Internet Devices (MID) that will provide Web access, multimedia and applications in small form factor devices (typically 4-inch to 6-inch displays). Theme No. 8: Netbooks Watch for more Netbooks to be bundled with wide area wireless data services. We'll see more offers like the one at RadioShack that provides an Acer Aspire One at $99.99 with a two-year data plan agreement with AT&T Wireless. Finally, at the show I also got to see a number of old friends (oops, I mean, friends I have known a long time). I also got to spend time with the Palm Pre, soon to be announced by Sprint. It's very impressive and well-thought-out. It's intuitive. It's also great to see someone like Palm step up to the plate and develop something really good. Overall, I'm pleased to see the maturity in the mobile market. It's clear that users' experiences are becoming better and more enjoyable. J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., is the VP and Chief Analyst with the Frost & Sullivan North American Information & Communication Technologies Practice. As a nationally-recognized industry authority, he focuses on monitoring and analyzing emerging trends, technologies and market behavior in the mobile computing and wireless data communications industry in North America. Since joining Frost & Sullivan in 2006, Dr. Purdy has been specializing in mobile and wireless devices, wireless data communications and connection to the infrastructure that powers the data in the wireless handheld. He is author of Inside Mobile & Wireless, which provides industry insights and reaches over 100,000 readers per month. 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, and developing new ways of thinking and forecasting in the mobile computing and wireless data arenas. Often quoted, his ideas and opinions are followed closely by thought leaders in the mobile & wireless industry. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Theme No. 7: Mobile Internet Devices