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Pete Basinger was mentioned in a call in today so I'm guessing that it must be him
Agreed. Finding a simple and elegant way to display and discover what can be loosely call data services will rapidly extend the take up of these services by the mass market that will never download a Java or Symbian app. I think Widgets on the mac handle the display well, but don't integrate discovery into the same environment. Discovery is critical to being able to generate a business in new widgets or data feeds
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2005 on What do you want? at Life blog
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Why do phone's differentiate between people, web sites, applications, widgets etc. Integration through fundamental UI reform makes it simple. A single place to access my network (see Paul Goldings Buddy Paradigm post) and to see notifications of activity. A good search facility to fast find the one I want. An end to handheld, application centric UI's. Current contact search-as-I-type is probably good enough to find "Weather". It can be enhanced to become smarter and incorporate tags and indexes. Of course on an integrated phone speed-dial can launch an app or widget instead of dialling.
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2005 on What do you want? at Life blog
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Yes and no. Being Java doesn't solve the problem density problem. People have to know about it, download it and run it and re-run it everytime they switch their phone off/on or run a second Java program (on many handsets). Unless the application is incredibly useful people just dont do it. How many people do you know that use IM on phones (similar issues of download and install)? Inside the tech savy community (where PC IM is popular) the number is low, outside - non-existant. There are few if any compelling add-in programs for phones. This suggests to me that these features need to be integrated into the handset in a way that the owner uses them almost without thinking. Yes this needs critical mass, but so did SMS.
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2005 on A comment on social moblie apps at Life blog
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