Today in Mobile

It’s a very slow Friday in the world of mobile news, so I’ll direct your attention to this thought-provoking piece from eWeek.com that claims voice is the future of mobile user interfaces. The story points to Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Audible, and compares the emergence of voice-recognition technology to that of touchscreens. I think that’s a valid comparison, but  I also think that voice (like touch) is just another step in the evolution of how we interact with our phones. Other UI technologies are on the horizon, and it won’t be long before voice is just one of several ways we use phones, computers and all kinds of connected devices.

Siri satisfies, but voice is just another user interface

New data from Parks Associates indicates iPhone 4S owners are satisfied with Siri, but they’re not using the technology to perform many kinds of tasks. That’s the latest evidence that voice recognition technology isn’t going to emerge as the dominant mobile interface.

Wave hello to a new interface: gesture-based phones

Pantech, a top-three handset maker in Korea, is adding gesture-based controls to its newest Vega LTE handsets. Using the front-facing camera and eyeSight’s unique software, smartphone owners can control their phones by waving their hand. Expect more invisibile interfaces like this in the future.

Can Great Hardware Alone Sell a Smartphone?

The definition of a smartphone varies, depending on who you ask. Some think if you can install apps on the device, it’s a smartphone, while others claim it must have an advanced operating system. One company has steadfastly clung to its own definition of a smartphone.

Mobile Experience Guru Christian Lindholm Taps Into the Future of Interfaces

christianlindholm.jpgIf you’re as interested in the inner workings of the mobile phone business as I am, then there’s a good chance that you are familiar with Christian Lindholm, partner and director at Fjord, a convergence design agency — or if you are a mobile phone user who has bought a Nokia (s nok) device over the past decade or so, then you at least have been exposed to his work. He invented the Nokia Navi-key user interface, and he’s viewed as the father of the Series 60 user interface.
Let’s just say Lindholm knows mobile user interfaces really well. In this video interview, he chats with me about the iPhone, Android, and the current problems Nokia faces. He discusses the Maemo platform, Nokia tablets, and how difficult it is to build a mobile operating system. Lindholm talks about why a typical mobile OS has a shelf life of nearly 10 years, and from that perspective, both Android and the iPhone have a good future. If you have time, watch this video interview with him.