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Recently, certain Telcos have expressed their concern with these applications being run on their networks. While services like google's gmail or google maps use bandwidth, it's arguably the decision of the user to use the network they pay for as they see fit. I'll be interesting to see how this plays itself out in the future.
Mobile Java applications, designed to run on a wide array of mobile phones, may be worth keeping your eye on. The Java programming language, developed by Sun Microsystems, In. in the early '90s, promised to be a platform that allowed developers to write a program once, yet run on almost any computer system. The language was accepted with some success over the years, but with the advent of Java ME (Java Platform, Micro Edition) combined with millions of Internet and Java-enabled mobile phones, these applications for mobile devices may soon be changing the way we access information.
Though any phone on the market today is web-enabled, usability is typically crippled by a very limited browser and clunky interface, often resulting in a slow and poor user-experience. Internet-enabled Java applications, however, allow phones to side-step the limitations of their browsers and interact with the web in ways not previously possible--helping break mobile devices out of their limited web functionality and into an arena still being defined.
Google has been leading the pack with the recent release of their mobile Google Maps and gMail applications. These applications enable users to access features normally not possible on phones. The gMail application touts a 5x increase in speed (over the web-based mobile mail), includes almost all of the major features of the desktop version (including support for PDF and Word documents), and with an interface designed for a phone, is much easier to use. Google Maps offers an extraordinarily full-featured version of Google's Maps, allowing access to these rich maps from any modern phone.
Another popular Java application, the Opera web browser , gives users a much more robust surfing experience with many of the features expected in a modern web browser while using a proxy server to reduce file sizes--resulting in considerable speed increases. All of this in a unified interface that works on hundreds of phones.
While some PDA-like devices (such as the Treo or Windows Smart phones) try to bridge the gap between the computer and phone, the reality remains that most websites are simply not designed for mobile devices and the experience falls short. Mobile Java applications running on nearly any phone, however, are starting to blur the line between the Internet and the machine used to access it--creating entirely new ways to interface with the net by making location irrelevant. The idea of not only accessing any type of information whenever and wherever a person desires, but also interacting with the web at any place and time is quickly becoming a reality. This trend offers countless ways for business connect with consumers, and consumers with each other.
It looks as if the moment is right for an explosion of these applications to help define the future of mobile information. Media giants MySpace and YouTube are currently in talks to get their content, including video, more accessible on mobile devices. And Opera estimates there are more than 700 million Java enabled phones in the market right now. Even eBay is offering its own version of the Opera browser, allowing users to easily sell, bid and buy all from their phone. With such applications being relatively inexpensive to develop, and the potential user base being so high, all that is really needed is an idea.
Clearpage is happy to begin work on a corporate identity package and website for a new mid-Missouri business, That ‘70s Auto. That ‘70s Auto will make the auto restoration process easy by selling vintage vehicles in restored condition--specializing in 1970s American muscle cars.
Clearpage begins work on an online store for the Columbia Computer Systems. Columbia Computer Systems provides custom-built solutions to customers across the nation, specializing in high-end computer systems and servers for business and individuals. The site will allow customers to configure their system online, ensuing they get the best deal on exactly what they need.