Microsoft is linking Mappoint with the network provider O2 to offer
location information about phones to app developers.
I understand why they're doing it. But shouldn't it be the phone that
knows where it is, as well as the server knowing where the phone is?
This announcement really sums up what's wrong with the mobile phone
industry. There's huge potential in opening up phones as a development
platform. There's huge potential in services that allow phones to talk
to each other directly. But the industry is completely obssessed with
maintaining their stranglehold over the phone-network choke point and
with controlling what gets onto and off the phones.
We're starting to see some interesting mobile social networking apps in
Dodgeball, Mobule, BEDD, Urban Tapestries and some of these are using
the P2P Bluetooth capabilities in current phones. But all of them have a
strong server element.
Why is it so hard to write apps for mobile phones. And especially P2P
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