Mobiles are increasingly “always connected” devices – not just to text messages and phone conversations, but also doorways to the content of the internet. Mobiles, especially smartphones and tablets, enable “anytime/anywhere” access to information, social networks, tools for learning and productivity, and thousands of specific web applications for all aspects of daily life. New devices can capture multimedia, access the internet, or geo-locate.
Eventually, they are a computer in your hand, with a huge and growing collection of software tools to make use of their cameras, microphones, GPS, and other sensors. In addition, they are not only less expensive than most laptops, they need less infrastructure to support them.
The unprecedented pace of evolution of these devices generates also in Mozambique great interest, and their increasing capabilities make them more useful with each new product generation. The ability to run – but also the possibility to locally develop – “third-party” applications represents a fundamental change in the way we regard mobiles and opens the door to uses for productivity, education, entertainment and social interaction. Projections suggest that internet-capable mobile devices will outnumber PCs by 2013.
Figures from THE ECONOMIST print edition | Special report: http://www.economist.com/node/21530920