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I can't agree more when you say "What's striking about the research is that all the observed innovations in shared usage are a result of user inventiveness, rather than handset design or network services..." this is exactly what I observed as well in my studies done in India on Project Miljul.(http://www.priyascape.com/projects_miljul.htm)

User generated services is a 'given' online, wonder what shape/form/experience it can be on mobile, especially with mobile affordances. Also looking at the way adaptive design and architectures for current Web2.0 services is going, its a pity speech/voice hasn't been used more creatively for building new mobile services... Why use keypad input when you can speak in and say yes/no? Would love to speculate how one can build lightweight user driven mobile architectures that opens gates on users inventiveness to build self-services :)

Imran Ali

Thanks Priya - by the way, I really wanted to see your session at ETech'04, but had to miss it as there was something equally interesting in the same time slot!

Many of the barriers you comment on are actually artificial locks, the structural problems of the mobile industry and actually prevent the vibrancy of innovation you see for example with the web.

Carriers are starting to wise up (as revenues slide!) and so to are the handset guys. I think as you see open source handsets start to arrive this year, from FIC, Trolltech, Tuxphone, etc., you'll start to see much more experimentation with speech and voice.

It's be great to get you along to O'Reilly's Emerging Telephony conference next month in San Francisco. It's a great community for the bleeding edge of telephony innovation :)

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