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Google VP on the Mobile Phone Industry

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Google's VP of Operations, Urs Hoelze, told Ireland's SiliconRepublic.com that the mobile phone industry is not "grasping the potential of the Internet" due to standards and conflicting platforms.

Hoelze said, "What’s holding back the big revolution is that every device is different. There is software out there for at least 300 different platforms and that’s not a good situation and that will prevent the emergence of widely used applications."

Even with these issues, he's "bullish" on mobile. “The web part of it is becoming better and people will start using it more and more from wherever they are – searches are basically question answering functions. Just as we see broadband users make more frequent use of search than modem users, the more simplistic it becomes to access the information you want wherever you are that will lead to the big explosion in mobile connectivity.”

I wonder if GPhone is in the works. (-:


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