If you’re reading this page then you’ve probably noticed that I’m both passionate about and have an intuitive knowledge of mobile devices. If you’re not reading this page then I can say whatever I want about you because you’ll never find out and your mother said “Hi” last night as she licked at that camel’s rectum. Anyway, back to the post. Undoubtedly you’ve noticed that I push mobile technology further than most people, and also know that I’ve got a very definite picture in my head about the future of mobile devices and software. When I get passionate about a phone you know it’s got something worth being passionate about, and the fact that even the latest phones don’t fully meet my needs shows you that my view of the future is born of necessity and innovation rather than copying ideas from other companies.
Wouldn’t it be great if my ideas could somehow be brought to the attention of the CEO of a company that creates a leading mobile phone operating system? Can you imagine the fast forward the technology would have if my ideas were taken on board and integrated into a new operating system? That’s the reason I recently signed up for an account on Symbian Ideas, where I can submit my ideas and get them rated by others, and eventually have them brought to the attention of the Symbian CEO. Well, that and the fact that my last source in the Symbian team recently left the business meaning that if I’m going to post about the future here I’m going to have to create that future myself. Unfortunately the site is full of people who’re going the “copying ideas from other companies” route that I mentioned earlier, with hardly any innovation in their ideas at all so I don’t know how long the initiative will last.
My first idea that I posted there is as follows, and includes links to more detailed posts that I’ve made here.
Okay the basic idea is that the phones have a more powerful core application package (PIM functionality, gallery, image editing, web browser, etc), achieved by combining some features, that deals with most situations and that can have the core applications functionalitys improved via plugins to add new features and browser window shaping widgets rather than having an entirely new application added to the menu. These plugins would use the core user interface as standard, only adding new functions to the existing applications. For example, rather than downloading a new application to add funny stickers to my images I’d add a plugin to my image editor that does that. Rather than downloading a new Twitter client I’d add a widget to my Twitter bookmark that shapes how the site is presented when I open the bookmark.
This would result in both a cleaner user interface with less icons needed, making it easier for newcomers to find their way around the phone and for themers to create themes, and a more personal device containing only the extra functions you actually need. As user interface wouldn’t be a concern for most developers, they could release smaller function packages quickly for smaller development costs, luring bedroom coders towards Symbian as they design things for their own use.
I’ve written about this in a bit more detail before now and there are more examples and a more advanced way of looking at this at that link. I’ll try to copy it over at some point, but the main points are all present.
So, here’s what I need from my readers, all you other mobile junkies who come here for your fix of mobile news and views amongst other things. I need you to visit the site I linked earlier in the post and make your own account, then vote for my idea and any others that you like so that they can be brought to the attention of the people who can actually make that happen. Remember, my view of the mobile future is a glorious one that just needs a chance.