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Beyond 3G – Bringing Networks, Terminals and the Web Together: LTE, WiMAX, IMS, 4G Devices and the Mobile Web 2.0 by Martin Sauter

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Conclusion

This book has looked at mobile networks, mobile devices and the mobile Web 2.0 from a number of different perspectives. The mobile Web 2.0 both extends and improves Web 2.0 applications from the desktop world. Like Web 2.0, mobile Web 2.0 is also about user participation and new services and information are no longer only distributed top-down but are created by the users themselves. This is possible because of a decentralized approach, because of the openness of services to be included in other new services, freely available information in network databases, open interfaces and open source software. Furthermore, applications and services are continuously evolving and the user is part of the development process. Changes to services and products can be made quickly and global reach ensures there are enough users contributing and sharing information to create a critical mass for the service. The main driver for users to share information on Blogs, Wikis, picture-sharing sites and so on is the wish to communicate, the need for self-expression and the desire to return something to the community for using other services and information for free. Most Web services generate revenue by including advertisements on Web pages or do not require revenue at all because they are driven by enthusiasts. New services are often introduced to the Web community without a firm business plan in mind at first. Most properties described above apply to both Web 2.0 and the mobile Web 2.0. In ...

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