I really couldn’t let this week pass without commenting on the bunch of announcements from the telecom and phone sector. The iPhone rolls out in the UK of course, but that’s old news, and been covered well enough already. The news that did interested me is the Google Android approach to the market, and the Nokia approach with its Ovi Portal for Internet based services. However I want to comment on these announcements in what I think is a different way from all the other blogs have read on these moves. The updated news this week on the Ovi Portal is that Vodafone, who I would have classed as a potential competitor in the provision of Internet services, has decided to team with Nokia, as has Telefonica. Taken together, and assuming that the three partners will now bundle and share their existing Internet services such as the Vodafone Live! Portal with its strong focus on music, this represents a real force in the market. It may well have been driven by the Google move with Android as the Google approach of a bundled operating system and basic services for cell phones looks like a real market disrupting move reminiscent of Microsoft and the PC (and yes the sharp eyed will notice the author’s name, and it is my son, but hopefully you will agree that it’s a thoughtful post on this topic from his cell phone / mobility blog site). So what is my different take on this? Well I want to point out that we are now entering the fifth era of our industry;
- 1) the calculating computer
- 2) the programmable mainframe
- 3) the departmental mini application
- 4) the information PC and now
- 5) the People centric Web.