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Mobile Accelerating Faster Than Did PC's

Last week, Morgan Stanley released a 659 slide presentation and report (here) that details the accelerating change occurring in the mobile, smartphone space. If you don’t think this will materially and profoundly change education and learning in the future – and should give you pause to consider how you’re addressing this fundamental shift – stop reading now.

Though this report covers the entire mobile space and the influences, technologies and drivers of it, one key finding stood out: that the category of mobile devices – specifically those called “smartphones” with data as the key component vs. just voice – is ramping faster than desktop internet and will be bigger than most analysts think it will. The five trends converging in this area are fast 3G networks, the need for people to stay connected to their social networks while on-the-go, video and voice over the internet (VoIP).

As I’ve talked about previously on this blog, when your students have the world of knowledge at their fingertips, the ability to tap in to supercomputing for problem solving, and can connect to others to collaboratively learn, what do you think is the impact of always on, always connected and powerful computing devices? 

One of the most powerful slides in the deck (though there were many) was this one about the power of an smartphone (the Apple iPhone) compared to a desktop computer available in 2001:

If the amount of power in ones pocket today doesn’t make you stop and consider the changes that have already occurred, going through the rest of the deck will when you read about the different device-types proliferating (e.g., netbooks, tablets) and the number of manufacturers getting in to the mobile device market.

Here is the 92 slide “setup” deck (vs. the 659 slide presentation) for your review:

The Mobile Internet Report Setup

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