In this decade the mega-trend “Cloud Computing” will lead to a new era of the internet. Consumers will save their information, documents and content (fotos, videos, etc.) online, share it with others or publish it on the web. There are already many examples today to understand this major change of usability and consumer behaviour.
Besides mobile phones there is a huge potential for cheap and simple “terminals” to enter the “Cloud” online. Last year the first products in this niche-market had been launched: the Netbooks. Netbooks are often sold including a SIM-card and a data-plan for high-speed mobile connections.
Forbes.com wrote an interesting article why Apple is facing dramatic problems in the future due to this emerging trend: “Apple’s Real Problem: Netbooks”.
Furthermore the basic idea for a low-cost “Cloud Computer” can close the information gap on a global level. Nicolas Negroponte understood the potential of this idea and founded the non-profit organisation “one laptop per child” (http://www.laptop.org/en/) and started the developement of the 100 Dollar Laptop.
In combination with a smart “Cloud Computing Operation System” like David Liu’s gOS or Tariq Krim’s Jolicloud, low-tech Netbooks can become a very powerful device and shape the future of mobile media. “Cloud Computing Operation System” might be a “disruptive innovation”.
Wikipedia: A disruptive technology or disruptive innovation is a technological innovation that improves a product or service in ways that the market does not expect, typically by being lower priced or designed for a different set of consumers.
Last week I had the chance to discuss this question with one of the best-known experts on Netbooks: Sascha Pallenberg, aka the “Netbook King” (via Robert Scoble). Sascha is founder of Netbook News.
Here you can see what Sascha answered on my question:
Will the netbook play an essential part for mobile media in the future?
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