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baby mobility – not quite mobile 2.0

Posted by Moxie Zhang | November 13, 2006 .

It’s been a week since came from Mobile 2.0 conference held in San Fransisco at 10/6 with mixed feeling. The conference was Hosted by Daniel Appelquist (Mobile Monday London) and Mike Rowehl (Mobile Monday Silicon Valley) with support from Gregory Gorman (The Open Group). They are not professional conference organizers and it’s said to be on cost recovery base. I’d say they did a great job.

Mobile is the next have-to-be-there platform. Nobody argues with that. However, what’s mobile 2.0, that reminds a question.

Some interesting observation here:

  • lots of talks gave the impression that mobile 2.0 is about move the web content (UI) to the mobile devices. All the fuss about formats, standards, etc. Questionable, to me.
  • The talks are quite different between young folks (Sumit Agarwal, Kelly Goto, Arun Ranganathan, etc) and senior guys. More or less the practical vs strategy, exciting vs boring.
  • A Microsoft guy show up on panel but didn’t make any presentation and barely anyone asked him question. Why was he there if not even tried to contribute?
  • Only one time a discussion got heat-up. Regarding the content’s right. The views are sharply different depends on where you stand. Of cause, YouTube was the example for both side.
  • Java is the unquestionable lead for mobile application development. Nothing else is close enough to challenge the lead yet.
  • Mobile guys such as Opera mobile browser and startup Soonr.com are trying to hype AJAX on mobile. Or trying to use AJAX on mobile as a marketing tool. Don’t get it.
  • Too many standards, or, lack or standards. No experts.
  • The U.S is way way behind in term of mobile commerce and we are still clueless. There are some “experts” but hardly anyone agree each other when got to details.

I’d still think this was a great one-day conference. It show the mobile status around us. What I got from the conference is: opportunity.

Also a question, where is the Flash Lite and what’s Adobe’s strategy for mobile? I believe mobile devices and applications are utilities to make our life easier and interesting. Just porting web to mobile won’t work. Multimedia will play big role on mobile devices where Flash can be shining there.

Waiting for Flex for mobile…

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