Not surprisingly, analysts are reporting that Google sees mobile as its next big opportunity, and it wants more control over its destiny in this new environment. Google wants more people using web-friendly phones in part because its advertising revenues come from this source.
Some of the implications and questions for Korea are rather obvious.
- Which mobile service provider(s) will offer the new Google phone?
- When will it be introduced into the Korean market?
- At what point will Korea's wireless networks begin to feel the effects of rising data usage, as AT&T is in the United States because of the iPhone? (this is the subject of the second NY Times article.)
- How quickly will the use of these palm-held computers (iPhone, Google Phone, Android phones) spread in Korea? I'm on record as predicting an extremely rapid diffusion!
- What will the arrival of the mobile broadband, handheld internet device era mean for data rates and subscription plans here?