That mobile devices are more prevalent than traditional PCs (desktops and laptops) is well known. But a recent talk at Davos highlighted just how much more important the mobile device will become during the next decade. Notes taken from the TechCrunch report

Eric Schmidt (Google CEO):

¨Mobile devices will have GPS and other features that will allow for new kinds of applications, as well as location-based advertising¨

Wang Jianzhou (China Mobile CEO):

¨If someone doesn’t have a mobile phone they will lack the basic functions of what it is to be human¨

Now you can argue the CEO of a mobile phone company would make that sort of comment. But the numbers in China are sooo big – 317 million subscribers today and adding 6 million new subscribers each month!

If you’ve never read it, there is a great book that highlights the impact that mobile technology can have on society – Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution, by Howard Rheingold. Getting a little old now, given it was published back in 2002, but some great examples


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