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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Towards the mobile wallet.

The only way to pay for parking is phone.
The only way to pay for parking is phone.

Technology adoption is like dance sometimes you pull sometimes you flow. I recently noticed that parking meters are disappearing in inner London. Users are adviced to use their phones. I looked at the concept and it is not simple to set up, but once adopted it should be straight forward. It is this kind of use cases that pull the users into new behaviour. I have for a long time been of the opinion that the wallet of the future is a phone. It is real-time, one-hand operated. The technology exist to make it happen, but there are to many entry barriers in the financial business. The card companies love their user interface less cards. They are trying to integrate more utility in them, but without a screen they are doomed.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

In San Francisco for Mobile 2.0 Conference

Mob_20 I am in San Francisco for the Mobile Web 2.0 conference and a week of meeting people talking convergence and mobile.

If you want to meet, drop a mail or text on +1 510 735 71 26 and we can connect.

Participated on the panel on user experience. Key messages:

  • Mobile is the cheapest object of personal aspiration.
  • A key topic in mobile convergence experience is identifying the seams (legal, brand, technical etc.)

On Wednesday and Thursday I will be hanging out around the Web 2.0 Expo like many others.... Good opportunites to meet.

09:11 PM in Work | Permalink | Comments (15)

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Navtec was a great acqusition for Nokia

Nokia steps up in their mapping efforts to totally different level. The acquisition of Navteq is a brilliant strategic move. It brings a great counterweight to the big Internet players growing dominance in Maps and Local services. Owning electronic maps is the DNA of that business. Maps is one of the most promising areas of mobile services. GPS chips are evolving fast and I see no reason why not nearly every phone will have a GPS chip in it just like there are cameras in most phones. The screen are becoming big and sharp enough. The only thing missing is good analogue input, which is needed to navigate maps, after all a map is a gigantic sheet and gliding smoothly over it is crucial for a good user experience. The basic utility of where am I and where should I go is high, the monetization opportunities are big. There are lots of interesting services on can build on top of maps. The fact that Nokia owns Maps enables them to provide them in their devices and they get around the complicated legal myriad of meta data business, that slows down the business of local.

People often ask if I think Nokia is serious with services. This is not a relevant question anymore. They are very very serious and it is clear that their new CEO is setting a new tone at the company.

The local business just got more interesting, it is now really a battle of the giants. I wonder who will acquire TomTom who owns TeleAtlas the alternative to Navteq.

02:16 PM in Technology | Permalink | Comments (3)