Extended Mobile Presence

deanbubley.gifDean Bubley talks about extended mobile presence

"In theory, mobile phones ought to be good platforms for presence information – both rudimentary connection details (online, offline, idle etc) and some personalised state or emotional content as well ("Dean is currently thinking about lunch" and so on).

But at the same time, I think the mobile presence industry is missing a trick. The presence client on a phone ought to be able to pick up a lot more information about the device’s – and the user’s – context."

Dean is correct. While Smartphones (S60, UIQ, Windows Mobile, Palm and to a very limited extent Java ME) can do this kind of thing, a) it’s usually for local consumption on the phone or limited use on a server, b) it’s not available on the majority of phones, and c) it can’t be generically consumed from, for example, the mobile web.

I can’t see network operators or phone OEMs championing this kind of data. As Dean says, "Unfortunately, there seems to be no easy way to catalyse development of this type of concept.".

The only way I can see this happening is if one or more 3rd party programmable platforms (Symbian, Android, Windows Mobile or whatever) become predominant. That’s looking unlikely in the short to medium term but may be a future possibility.