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September 22, 2008

How Google Sees Mobile Usage in 10 Years

Google’s Engineering Director, Andy Rubin, has made some bold predictions on the Official Google Blog this week in relation to how we’ll all be using mobile phones in 10 years time.

Andy reminds us that the humble mobile phone in your pocket is probably ten times more powerful than the PC you had on your desk only 8 or 9 years ago. His most interesting theories for mobile usage in the future include:

Smart Alerts:  Your phone will let you know if something has happened that impacts you or needs your attention.

Augmented Reality: Your phone will tell you information about your location, desires or needs before you are even aware of them.

Instant Crowd Sourcing: You’ll be able to use your phone to review the most recent uploads of images, music, text, Tweets and blog posts by persons in your vicinity and you can go interact ith them (after receiving directions from your phone).

Sensory Perception: Weather updates, traffic reports, news events – these will all be at your fingertips the instant they are available.

Business Tool: Your phone as your meal ticket, allowing you to work remotely, track your investments, keep up with clients, build your business and increase your communication ability.

Intelligent Phones: Web 2.0 comes to mobile, where you can create apps on the fly, add content to your site and your phone will automatically download the latest updates to your favorite apps based on your preferences. Your phone *learns* based on your activity and makes it easier for you to use over time.

10 years away? Hmmm. I’m wondering if Andy has ever picked up an iPhone?