We’ve stated many times that mobile has three parts: devices, services, and experiences. And its easy to see that the mobile itself is a device, and pushes some services. But, part of that also includes the accessories that you use alongside those devices to extend the experience of what you do on/with your mobile. Our good friends over at Mobile Advance have recently taken a look at several portable speakers. Here’s a snippet of that review:
When it comes to actually showing mobile media, the weak link is your mobile device’s speaker. Unfortunately, most phone speakers are very weak and far too many tablets have underpowered speakers that, even worse, are positioned facing away from the viewer. When you are showing someone a ministry video with one of these devices and you add in city traffic, crying babies other common distractions the person viewing it oftentimes will have to choose between listening to the audio with the mobile device next to their ear or watching the video without being able to fully hear and understand what is going on.
Read the rest over at Mobile Advance.
Read an excellent post this past weekend in which a professor of Computer Science talked about the graphic that he uses to new Ph.D. students to help them see their work in light of the rest of the world. This is one of those images:
Click through to Gizmodo for the rest of this.
Remember, we have our callings, our motivations, and even our stakeholders, but you have to keep the bigger picture in mind. It makes the fruits of your labors all the more sweeter.
Imagine the situation: you have been given a suite of mobile-friendly content by your organization. They expect you to learn the content, and then share it with others. You have an Android device, but not one with access to the Google Play Store. You get decent battery life, but not as good when you visit the church, bookstore, or the university. It’s not that you are at those places often, but when you get there and there’s not a workstation, you do use WiFi for a while. You are almost to the end of that content, and now need to start looking at how to share it. What are your options?
- Would you use a flash drive connected to a wireless hotspot?
- Would you install a mobile web server to your mobile device?
- Would you install it to a memory card, then share it to others via Bluetooth?
- Do you use a web service from which you and others connect to it via an application or API?
- Another method?
How would you use the analogy of a server and terminal to extend the reach of what you can do with ministry content? And once you have a point where you/content can be reached, what do you enable?