Monday, August 24, 2009

Mobile Web App and Web OS

In the last few days, there have been a lot of development with the wireless providers, Apple, Apple's app store approval process, and Google.

There's still a lot to digest as information filed with the FCC were only made available on Friday and with these things, it'll take some to examine.  I honestly can't make how ATT isn't involved.  Surprised.  Shocked.  

But there was always something at the back of my mind that said it was possible that Apple acted alone in rejecting the official Google Voice (GV) app.  But it was what Google redacted from the filing for public consumption and what Apple has publicly stated about how it encourage Google to bring the GV app to iPhone users through the Web browser.  

Even Google has said that was going to be the case.  One possible scenario is Google may introduce a push notification app dedicated to serve gmail, GV, and other Google web apps.  

But if Google does go this route, it would need a more robust app on the iPhone and this is there it gets interesting.  Google could be set on a path where the increasingly sophisticated browser becomes not merely as a mean to access information but change in which information is accessed.

Essentially, it becomes a foundation on which various web platforms can be launched. This includes app stores.  For instance, just about anyone can create sophisticated apps that can be accessed through Yahoo's or Google's app store.  They can be free or be accessible after paying for it.  It won't be the same as a standalone app now but in the future, that may not be an issue at all.  

With Android, you can use Google Gears and with more advances in Android and Webkit, we can be looking at webapps that act as standalone apps do today.  

It's difficult o fathom what kind of strategy Apple, RIM, or Microsoft may have to face a browser-only future where the browser not only serves to access the Internet but also act like an OS.

Oh, let's not forget the increasingly complicated pieces of social sites like Facebook and MySpace.  I think they can be big players beyond letting you report on your daily thoughts and activities to your friends or taking someone out on the mafia game.

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