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How Mobile Technology is Changing the World

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Did you know that 45% of the world’s population is concentrated in just five countries and the most prevalent use of the internet is not through personal computers but through mobile devices?  According to NetworkWorld, Brazil, Russia, China, India, and Indonesia are home to 610 million Internet users.  Furthermore, internet usage in these countries is predicted to double to 1.2 billion by 2015.  Mobile phones in Africa represent more than 90% of all phone lines and the mobile penetration rate is around 50%.  With these statistics in mind, consider the technology innovations that are or will be supporting this rapidly growing population of global mobile internet users.

  1. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that  Chinese companies Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp. are working on Google-powered phones that could be sold by carriers for as little as $50.
  2. Skype just released its iPhone/iPod Touch 4G app. to support free Skype to Skype video calls.
  3. Ahumanright.com plans to offer internet to the world’s poor
  4. Google’s CR-48 cloud-only netbook could be quite inexpensive when arrives on the market, especially outside the U.S.
  5. Google’s Chrome browser has a language translator built into it so that you can translate web content to your native language — and it works pretty well!

So, 45% of the world’s internet users are mostly interacting with the web on mobile devices and their numbers may double by 2015.  China’s $50 smart phone running Google’s Android Operating System picks up a free internet signal from Ahumanright.com’s initiative.  The world is now banking, social networking, calling, learning, purchasing, and surfing on a powerful and affordable device that fits into the palm of the hand.  And this is just the beginning.  Imagine the world’s children learning calculus through YouTube.  Imagine Kenyan farmers paying electronically for supplies.  Imagine a whole new generation of mobile internet users who’ll shape the internet for generations to come without ever touching a personal computer.  Imagine what innovations these new internet users will contribute to the world!

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