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June 5, 2008

Piecing together the mobile software puzzle

INTERNATIONAL – Yesterday we got excited about Pocket Express, yet another smart micro-app to join the mountain of online-enabled mobile software now available. This triggered a good question, “what is it that people want from the Internet on their phone?”

Which in turn got me thinking. Another question rears its head with this relentless tidal wave of web-based mobile services washing over us at the moment. Even with the emergence of mobile portals and aggregators, filtering content and services for us on our phones, how do we ensure we’re being fed the best stuff? And with the overwhelming volume, can we ever truly believe that the popular content and services that float to the surface are really the best, worth digesting, and incorporated as staple parts of our daily mobile intake?

It’s a question that plagues the Internet as a whole, but with social networks and recommendation it should be easier to decipher the excellent from the atrocious, but in reality that simply has not proved to be the case. What do you think? Is there a one-fix solution, and do you think there needs to be one? Let us know in the comments section below.

In related news, MobileActive08, an event focussed on mobile apps and technology is being held in Johannesburg, South Africa, between 13-15 October.

“MobileActive08 is the largest event to date focused on mobile technology for social development. This global gathering brings together practitioners, researchers, technologists, and donors interested in the use and application of mobile technology for social impact. At MobileActive08 participants will explore how mobile phones are effectively used to advance civil society work, assess the current state of knowledge in the use of mobile technology to advance social development, and investigate trends, needs and investment opportunities.”

The organizers are welcoming proposals for talks and showcasing of new mobile apps and services, so if you’re interested click here to get involved.

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