“We thought it was a mistake and made our engineers check the logs again” is what Vic Gundotra, head of Google’s mobile operations, said to the Financial Times. Google’s engineers had just discovered that iPhone usage was 50 times more than any other mobile handset usage.
As mobile handsets and user interfaces improve, we’re going to be seeing a lot more people getting data from web servers while they’re on the go. This makes sense when looking at historical use of information. Rolodexes transforming into datebooks and planners. Those planners in turn morphing into PDAs. PDAs cross-pollinating with cell phones. At that stage, your old Rolodex plus your calendar are with you wherever you go. Pretty handy.
Now what if your calendar, email and old Rolodex are with you all the time plus the entire internet: in an easy to use package that makes your friends jealous? The iPhone has upped the ante on mobile devices and other companies will surely follow suit. If what Google’s engineers are seeing is any indication, more mobile use of the internet is imminent.