In my last several talks on Mobile Usability, I’ve often referred to the Mobile Smartphone Era as the Cambrian Period of modern days. I ask students in my tutorial if they are aware of the Cambrian and what happened. Most of them don’t know. But if I asked the question, “Did you go fossil hunting when you were a kid?” I’m sure that many would have a different answer.
What occurred during the Cambrian Period was an explosion of life. Why? Because the conditions were perfect.
The Proliferation of Life in the Mobile Smartphone Era
- Cloud – Grid computing, the precursor to the Cloud, has proliferated.
- Storage – Has become cheaper by the day. (Remember when a 2Gig hard drive was a big deal?)
- Network speeds – 2G was obviously too slow to transmit and communicate without extreme patience. But today with 4G and the forthcoming 5G standards, our thirst for bandwidth will never stop.
- Processing power – We now carry a supercomputer in our pockets, and servers in the cloud are more powerful than ever at storing and processing all the data we are collecting.
- Sensors – We are being watched everywhere we go. And it’s not only that everything is collecting data. The next revolution will be monetizing and analyzing.