The pace of technological innovation has slowed of late. Goldman Sachs is getting tricky and slick trying to find ways to sell Facebook stock. Businesses are spending IT dough and manhours investigating the cloud. Coders are buildng games to cash in some chips and because they are bored. Groupon is a technology extension of social networking and promotion, a lovely breakthrough, but an extension none the less. Facebook and Twitter are lazy teenagers now (in internet years) so the question is “From where will the new innovation come?”
What’s the biggest need we mobile citizens collectively have today? An open and interoperable language for mobile phones. Interoperability is simultaneously the boon and bane of commerce. Today the mobile operating systems of Apple, Google, Nokia, Microsoft and Research in Motion don’t play well together. Different apps for different haps. It’s a big stick in the mud.
Some smart coder is going to jump on this and create an open mobile OS or an elegant translator (site) so there can be mobile harmony. It may come out of the open source community or it may come from a company who wants to be a good global citizen. Mobile computing is far too exciting to leave dysfunctional. Keep an eye out. Alcatel-Lucent, MIT kids, China, MSFT…you listening ???? Peace from Babylon.