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M-Lifestyle Is Now a Reality

Could you think of not having your device at hand 24 x 7?

Mobile applications and the Mobile Web are undeniably now part of our lifestyle. Ask yourself... Could you think of not having your device at hand 24x7?

Now, I am not suggesting that folks are addicted to their devices, as addiction suggests 'total dependency, to the detriment of everything else', but the line is getting very blurred for the most of us that interact with mobile systems whilst mobile.

Thankfully the majority of mobile users do not go that far and the fact is that the benefits of the Mobile Lifestyle we all enjoy, totally enhance our daily lives. This is not specific to any age range either: young and old alike now have a huge range of services and power at their fingertips.

What are we doing now on our Converged Mobile Devices (CMDs) or Smartphones? (I tend to use this term CMD now, as these devices are firstly more mobile complex and powerful computers and secondary phones. In fact with the upsurge in the tablet market, with the iPad etc, CMD fits better as the generic term.)

I have tried to place these daily 'use-cases' in order of what I think the average user uses most:

  • Apps (too many to mention individually)
  • Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Blogging)
  • Entertainment (Music, Films, Videos)
  • Emails
  • Web Browsing
  • Location Based Services (Navigating, Searching for nearby facilities)
  • Personal Information Management (Calender, Contacts etc)
  • Photography
  • SMS/MMS
  • Talking

In the future, what will we be adding high up in the above list?

  • Face to face communications (Apple's FaceTime and equivalent will become ubiquitous with 4G/LTE, rather than relying on WiFi)
  • Publications/periodicals (Already getting there with iBooks and various publications)
  • Payment services (M-Wallet)

What we will also see is, Mobile Advertising and Marketing increasing. Take Apple's iAds as an example and the fact that if you are a brand worth a damn, you need an application on Apple's App Store and Android's equivalent.

With Mobile World Congress just over and the iPad2 announcement suggested to be around the corner (March 2, 2011) together with the massive amount of mainstream media coverage (in all forms) now dedicated to mobility, I feel compelled to end by borrowing - and changing - a few lines from a Tinie Tempah song....

Mobility is NOT a Curse,

IT'S a Blessing!

What Mobility IS...

Is an Obsession!

Mobile Lifestyle is now a reality...

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As one of the Sybase Technical Evangelists, Ian regularly addresses technical audiences all over the world and his sessions are always very well attended. He also writes education classes, whitepapers, demos and articles for various Sybase products and publishes regularly in Journals such as SYS-CON's PBDJ and International Developer Magazine. He is also the Sybase Unwired Platform & PocketBuilder Evangelist and works closely with the team in Dublin, CA and Concord, MA on new features and demonstrations for the products. In his customer-facing Evangelist role, Ian is very involved with the design, production and testing of Enterprise class Unwired Solutions, that have been implemented using Sybase's Unwired tools for Sybase customers around the globe. In addition, Ian is a dedicated technical expert continually working with Sybase's key partners and clients to enhance the capabilities of the Unwired solutions that Sybase can offer to its customers. Ian can also be found on Twitter @ithain

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