Aside from Acts of Nature, big things don’t just happen — they are talked about and planned, months if not years in advance. That is one of the practical lessons that developers can take away from this extended discussion of Nokia X in connection with Opera and Internet.org. The better you and your company are able to work with others, the easier it is for your efforts to achieve “economy of scale”.
Combine this with think tanks and forums for executive level decision making and you come up with ideas — and plans — for what can be called “economies of mega-scale”. That’s in line with the concept of Internet.org. It is also the function of organizations like the Singularity University, established in part by Ray Kurzweil, in collaboration with Google and NASA’s Ames Research Center. Its mission is to “assemble, educate and inspire a cadre of leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies and apply, focus and guide these tools to address humanity’s grand challenges.” With the stated aim of producing “projects that can positively impact a billion people in ten years by leveraging exponentially advancing technologies” (per Wikipedia).
Bridging the Internet/Technology divide has been a goal of the United Nations since at least 1999 where the Internet is concerned. As I referenced Wednesday, the goal of a $100 laptop was represented at the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos in 2005 by Nicholas Negroponte and MIT Media Lab in 2005. It is also a hot topic with the WEF this year, too.
Now that the news about Nokia X is out, we can explore it in greater depth. There are five points to look at — the Nokia X product, its pricing, platform, intended market and that it comes with Opera Mini already installed. Of these, it is the intended market that most acutely differentiates the Nokia X product line as big news.
I’ve been watching and waiting for news like since about 2005. That’s when Nicholas Negroponte with the MIT Media Lab unveiled plans at Davos, Switzerland for a $100 laptop and established the One Laptop per Child initiative. What Nokia is doing with its latest product line can be equated to providing the power of a laptop to adults for $100. We are talking about a mobile device and not a laptop. The Nokia X of today is as powerful, functional, more portable than a laptop from a decade ago — and exponentially more affordable.
Nokia is targeting Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, representing about 80% of the world’s population. Large portions of each of these markets either don’t have a mobile device or are very slow in upgrading their older devices. India’s lifespan for a mobile phone is between 8 – 10 years, on average. more
Nokia X! Starting with a big story close to home, today is the launch of the Nokia X product series! Per Nokia’s February 24th press-release, “Today at Mobile World Congress, Nokia underscored its commitment to connecting the next billion to the Internet by releasing five new affordable handsets, including Nokia X, a family of smartphones that run Android(TM) apps, Microsoft services and signature Nokia experiences.”
The Nokia X series will come with Opera Mini pre-installed. The affordability of the Nokia X starting at 89 Euros matches perfectly with the data compression provided by Opera Mini. The low barrier of entry coupled with less expensive usage fits to Nokia’s target markets spanning Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. more