NYT: Mobile Web So Close Yet So Far

Mobile Web: So Close Yet So Far:

“People talk about the mobile Web, and it’s just assumed that it’ll be a replica of the desktop experience,” Mr. Eagle said. “But they’re fundamentally different devices.” He says he thinks that the basic Web experience for most of the world’s three billion cellphones will never involve trying to thumb-type Web addresses or squint at e-mail messages. Instead, he says, it will be voice-driven. “People want to use their phone as a phone,” he says.

The author seems to presume that technological change and adoption of standards is smooth and linear. It isn’t. There are bumps on the way and many fads to overcome.

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