Disruptive in that the phone Carriers hate it (takes away from their texting revenue) but more importantly, its the future of WhatsApp and these type of Apps that is disruptive. WhatsApp is planning to do more voice features/services in the future, and with that, may go the Carriers cell phone voice revenues. WhatsApp is Wi-Fi only, which means you don’t have to pay a dime to the Carriers for text and soon…voice. As long as your Wi-Fi connected, there may be no reason to buy a cell phone plan. The challenge is to get the entire world on Wi-Fi for FREE or cheap. What the OEM’s have to work on is super cheap smartphones or cheap small form-factor iPod like devices that will connect to Wi-Fi.
With the new Samsung S4 coming out tomorrow? Is it just a notch upgrade spec-wise? Sure, there will be the quad-core CPU, upgraded camera, more RAM, etc., but its at the point where do you need all that power? I can see upgrading for the camera but that’s about it. I’m fine with my S3 specs and it never runs out of horsepower. Apple has the same situation with the iPhone 5. The specs are insane at this point. Do you really need all that power now? Do people run 4 apps at a time to take advantage of the multi-cores? Are phone apps even multi-threaded? Do consumers care at this point? Right now and into the future, its not about horsepower anymore. Its about the SOFTWARE.
70% of the worlds population now have a mobile phone, that’s over 5 billion mobile subscribers, and in places like the US, it’s 9 in 10 people. What does all this mean? When designing a website (or refreshing), make sure its optimized for mobile visitors!
If your running a WordPress CMS, there are free plugins that can quickly optimize your website for the iPhone and Android devices. mobify.com is a free and premium service that makes it easy to create a mobile version of your website. It integrates well with WordPress, Drupal, and ExpressionEngine. You only need basic CSS and HTML knowledge.