Here’s a quote that resonated well with me, especially because of the many devices I own and the way they impact my daily life, and I completely agree that our relationship with technology becomes more and more promiscuous every day. The idea that most times we reach for the nearest mobile device is absolutely true and as content publishers and developers we need to keep this in mind when developing a mobile strategy:
To hear Luke describe how people use digital devices is to confront how promiscuous our relationship with technology has become, “There are scenarios where the laptop is two feet from you but you have your smartphone in your hand. And it’s not that the smartphone is any better or easier for getting things done, it’s just that it’s there, it’s on, so you’re going to do it on that device.”
And it’s not just about reaching for the nearest device, but I believe the mobile users’ expectations are such that we are expecting to find the same content on all of our devices and continue were we left off from the previous device.
Whispersync from Amazon is a great example of this, I can start reading a book on my Kindle Fire and then later continue from where I left off, right on my iPad using the Kindle App. With Evernote for example all of my saved content is synced up across devices, and through Dropbox, I can always access my files from just about any device.
One more example is a Google Chrome plug-in that I use quite a bit between my PC and Mac and my Android devices. The extension is called “Chrome to Phone,” and allows me to easily send a story I’m reading on my PC or Mac to my Motorola Xoom or Android device.
This idea of having a singular computing experience across multiple devices is something that appeals to me very much and I believe that Mobile Learners will be expecting this from us, too, when learning via their mobile devices.
Imagine that you are taking a course and you first get started on your PC but now you need to go, and you are in the middle of it. You could just “send” it to your Tablet or mobile device and finish it after dinner.
Here’s something new I read today from Google that is along the lines of having a singular computer experience:
How often are you doing a Google search from your computer to find information about a place before going there? Now, next time you go to Google.com on your Android phone or iPhone, information about that place will be conveniently available under the new “Recent” icon. Calling, getting directions or seeing details about the places you just searched for is now only one tap away.
A The Next Web article put it best:
That’s a fancy way of saying that things you search for on your desktop computer will be readily available for you when you pick up your mobile phone. A seamless and integrated computing experience at its best.
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