Monday, August 14, 2006

One more "G" could change the world

The other day, Sprint announced their plans to move forward with a 4G wi-max network to be launched in 2007.

This is a big deal for the content delivery market.

I finally got a 3G phone last week - and already it has absolutely revolutionized my workflow.

It's the speed. Speed makes the web features practical, and the email virtually identical to reading on my desktop email client. And the speed of the content delivery! Streaming and on demand instantaneous programming.

People say that appointment television is dead. They're wrong. It's just moving to your cell phone.

The 4G network will take all this to the next level - to the level your desktop is at right now, or faster.

That means seamless flow of video and audio files from the web to your cell phone to your computer to your tv - with no downloading.

Part of what makes flickr and YouTube work is that you don't have to deal with the media - slap it on your site, view it in an email, put it in your favorites and watch it over and over... it doesn't fill up your ipod or collect dust on your hard drive.

4G is the tipping point where the web experience, and even the computing experience, will become fundamentally different.

Any web service that isn't developing natively mobile components is on shaky ground.

Any company that is relying on their website to be their web presence will be left in the dust.


Blogger jmixont said...

So, are there standards already adopted for all of this, or do we still have those awful growing pains to go through?

3:18 PM  
Blogger Adam Elend said...

Naturally, there aren't standards. In fact, what Sprint just announced is that they're going with wimax technology instead of some of the competing options.

But all the cell companies build their own networks anyway, so this is nothing new, and probably won't result in too many growing pains...

5:51 PM  
Blogger Howard Lindzon said...

cool. i just want shit to work. Hope you are right

1:11 AM  
Blogger Adam Elend said...

I just want shit to work too, Howard. That's why we're both Apple guys.

My latest "shit working" frustration is with bluetooth. NOT as advertised. Yet.

7:41 AM  
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