For the past few years, the U.S. has been light years behind the rest of the world when it comes to mobile phones and applications. It looks like things are beginning to perk up with the support of three web industry leaders: Google, Apple and Adobe. Today there have been two news stories that illustrate the mobile tipping point domestically. The first is a report is a statement out of Google today which states that we have “hit a watershed moment in terms of internet usage.”
The growth is being fueled by the expansion of unlimited data plans by mobile carriers as well as the launch of the iPhone which Google previously reported as driving a surge in traffic to their various internet properties. While Google’s statement may have been part of a new product launch which “conveniently positions a Google Web search window on the home screen” of Windows Mobile devices, a second announcement fueled the mobile related buzz.
According to Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen, there will soon be a version of Flash for the iPhone. This is a massive revelation and will surely transform the future of mobile development. For too long it has been overly complex to develop robust applications for mobile devices, but with the launch of a flash support for the iPhone could immediately simply development a start a mobile revolution.