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What will the mobile internet bring?

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca

Our cellphone series continues today with a look at how Google and Apple are looking to change the industry with their respective Android and iPhone devices (by the way, if you haven't seen the Android demo, check it out here). Each company has its own motives for getting into the business but they share a common interest in trying to make the mobile internet easier and cheaper to use.

If you ask the typical Canadian cellphone user - one who pays their own bills, by the way, and not somebody who has their employer pick up the bill - if they use the internet functions on their phone, the typical answer you get is: "What are you, crazy?" Ludicrous charges and really bad interfaces have so far made the mobile internet experience less than thrilling for many.

Google says that by opening up cellphones and allowing every-day people to design software for them, we'll see the same kind of innovation that happened on the fixed internet, which gave rise to companies and services such as Amazon, eBay, Skype, Facebook, Google et al. The company says we can't even imagine what sorts of applications will be developed if Android takes off.

Do you agree with Google? Should the features on cellphones be opened for design by everyone, and should the mobile internet be more like the fixed internet? What sorts of applications do you wish you could have on your cellphone?

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