GPS, Widgets and the Mobile Web
Maybe I’m too much of a geek to have a representative opinion on this – but I generally believe that widgets will be one of the next big things on mobile phones. They’re all about personalization, they can be smart productivity tools for niche markets – or they’re simply fun: Yes, I firmly believe people want to see the countdown to the next Harry Potter book release, or the live status of their favourite World of Warcraft realm on their phone’s screen while it’s idle, rather than the boring old clock!
But jokes aside, I think there’s lots of examples where widgets make a lot of sense – especially on mobile: presence information of your most important contacts; the status of your ebay auctions; maybe the visitor statistics of your blog? The data fees spent surfing the Web on your phone this month so far! Or animated slideshows generated randomly from the photos stored on your phone. Endless possibilities. And with GPS integration, there’s even more room for cool ideas!
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