Newsweek breaks the news that mobile is gong to be big Big BIG.
It's always interesting to read mainstream journalistic coverage of something that you know a lot about. The series of articles aren't wrong so much as mushy and overgeneralized. Russell Beattie thinks that PalmOne was a weird choice to highlight but I dunno: every Treo600 owner I know loves their phone.
I thought the fact that no Nokians were on the list of "a few who got us here" was glaring. And no mention of the Microsoft v. Nokia showdown? And I think the statement that ". . . unlike the Internet, the phone world has no open and single set of protocols for programmers to build around" gives such an incomplete sense of what's happening in the industry. Compared to the PC world, the mobile world is soooo much more focused on standards.
But I'll quit my carping. This Newsweek spread probably marks the beginning of the popular American hype curve for mobile. I do believe the hype. Over the next ten years mobile technology will continue to set extraordinary, disruptive, confusing, and personally empowering forces in motion. It should be fun.