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The first competitor for the iPhone

A new challenge for the iPhone was launched yesterday: it is the first mobile phone with Android inside.

Even if not everybody seems to be so enthusiast about the product, more than everything else in the DEV perspective, at least, I see a very interesting trend for prices. The announced price is 120 Eur (at certain conditions) which is fine is compared with many other models and the iPhone itself. So, the tendency of prices to get lower is happening this time as well and we can really start thinking about a wide spread of these tools, also in developing countries.

Linking this news with the possibility of wider access available in two years time, than the scenario could be very much different in the near future.

Are WE going the same direction? Will we be able to provide good services for that time? How much time do we need to design new services for these devices? Are our Human Access Points ready to help us designing them?

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We have to go mobile

Things are happening in the market and I’m always more convinced that we have to start moving activities to be able to be delivered through mobile devices as phone and PDA.ipod_touch.jpgiphone.jpg

Some examples of what’s happening? Very easy: it’s under everybody’s eyes. Apple just introduced the iPhone, a new phone that is substantially an iPod + a phone. Few days ago Apple relaunched and presented the new iPod touch, that is nothing less that an iPhone – the phone!!!

Funny but very interesting because it is the signal that the long waited CONVERGENCE is now going on. It is happening really. The hardware and software industry is now producing compact transportable devices which SUM UP many different functions all-in-one: phone, agenda, notebook, calculator, music player, video player, voice recorder, radio, web browser, email, etc. Almost everything can be done with a new generation device.

What does this means for us? Many things. Let’s say I imagine two possible scenarios: the first one more advanced and sophisticated and the second one, easier but still very interesting.

  1. TOTAL use of mobile devices: it is characterized by the full use of the mobile device. Researchers, extensionists, consultants and other people which work for development will be able to have their office, and more than that, their knowledge and their relationships, in their pocket. Always in touch. Are you doing a meeting in the field and you need specific data? Browse the web and get the spreadsheet where you stored them. Need an answer from a colleague? Send an email or use the Instant Messenger. Want to share infos collected during the visit to the field? Upload immediately the images you shot or the interviews you recorded, etc…
  2. PARTIAL use of mobile devices: Pretty much the same BUT everything will be done in two different moments. Shooting images, recording interviews in the field, taking notes and collecting addresses, etc. will be done in the 1st moment. Then, once back in the office, with a very easy connection between your mobile device and the desktop pc, data will be transferred on the web for the final sharing with the other people involved in the same network.

Easy? I would say yes. So easy that, the second hypothesis is already available with a very minimal investment in equipment, and the first one could be available in a reasonable time.


iPhone seems to be an Internet device for development

Mr Jobs just launched Apple‘s new innovation called iPhone.


It seems to be something really ahead. It seems to be a good device to bring internet around the countries, in the fields, with the extensionists everyday, everywhere. A huge screen to browse and send emails, a nice camera to shoot the activities, a phone to dialogue with others…


INTEGRATION is a good keyword for this device. Nancy White‘s posting about mobile persuasion can be helpful to think about new directions we can get in development. Here you can also read some opinions about it from the business world: TechCrunch and O’Reilly.

Me, I’m just looking forward to see it in the shop under my place!!!!