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March 26, 2007

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James

This one actually seems to make sense. iPhone does have the iPod music thing pushing it.
I wonder if the price will make it competitive.

Siddharth Parakh

Interesting stuff!

Just hoping Microsoft's not going crazy like Apple and selling Old wine in new bottle...coz Apple sux big time and creates illusions!

Ivan

Issue with all these RSS oriented mobile widgets is that they don't take in account the fact that mobile experience and usability differs from web. They try to replicate Netvibes and Original Signal webmodel with RSS aggregation and move it to mobile. The problem with this approach is that user usually doesn't have time to read a lot of info on mobile device as user is on the go so the idea of "carrying your Internet with you" is not going to work as your desktop RSS Internet content is just too large for user on the go to search through and locate what is important. More important, as soon as you click on RSS link in the widget, you will exit your widget app and open mobile web browser. Getting back to widget application again and scrolling to where you left is just not usable on a mobile device.

Mobile widgets should DO something useful while user is on the go usually relative to user's current location. Mobile widgets shouldn't help you "carry Internet with you", but rather help you quickly locate content and more important, provide functionality applicable for your current mobile situation.

I think that WHERE GPS widgets (www.where.com), launched on Sprint couple of weeks ago with their functionality focused around phone GPS location (current location is huge part of mobile user's context) and their ability to deliver content and functionality that helps user locate things, places and people around are the right way to do mobile widgets. Not to mention the fact that WHERE is going to be a huge disruptive force in mobile LBS.

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