This decade has been about the killer apps that started as popular websites and became platforms for launching other apps as seen from Facebook (launched in 2004), YouTube (in 2005) and Twitter (launched in 2006). Mobile Profiles, OS and Browsers have seen Google Chrome, Google Android, and j2me (licensed under phoneME offering CLDC and CDC profiles). The result has seen over 2.1 billion Java ME enabled phones, PDAs, and mobile devices.
Mobile Phone Devices
Starting with the introduction of BlackBerry Smartphones, Android phones, and iPhones (introduced in 2007), software developers have introduced over 3 million apps that are available on the mobile phone. Apps such as Garmin Mobile GPS, Sprint TV, Sprint Radio, and TV applications are driving the need for higher text/voice/data rates. Today’s hottest mobile platforms (such as the new Blackberry QNX, Windows Phone 7, MeeGo, and iPhone) have allowed the mobile phones in the last decade to go from being simple cellular voice devices to smart, OS-independent, service-oriented multi-processing devices.
Allowing sharing and syncing has fine tuned the movie watching experience in the home. TV apps such as Hulu, Pandora, Vudu, and SlingBox have turned the Set Top Box from a simple DVR into a remote scheduling, interactive high-speed internet connectable box. Firmware now supports for multi-device synchronization, multi-processing, and platform independent operating systems. Apple TV, Logitech Revue, Roku xds, Boxee Box and google TV have combined the movie download, playback with a multi-app interactive internet session (such as with Netflix or TiVo). Consolidation of devices within the household has led to a single box with high definition upstream/downstream video/voice/data bandwidths.
The gaming industry in the last decade has seen Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii consoles. Combining 3D Blue Ray DVD technology with high-speed internet, the game console is now more than a stand alone device. Improvements in processing and memory have enhanced the 3D capabilities, interoperability, and playback effects.
Music, Books, and Movies
Since the launch of iTunes, the iPod has featured more songs, more data, Voice Over, Retina display, video recording, Face Time, and Game Center . The experience of listening to mp3 has been combined with watching HD videos and syncing.
Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook have turned book reading into a digital experience. Apple has taken that one step further with the launch of the iPad Tablet which has the processing power of laptops. Who knew that at the touch of a fingertip, books, periodicals, movies, music, games, or web content could be made available with a 1.5 pound device ?
The last decade, moreover, has seen an increase in mobile phones, movie playback capabilities, and more processing power in smaller tablets allowing us to change the way we think about making phone calls and watching high definition videos.