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Size Matters

While manufacturers are battling over your eyeballs, and the phrase “ubiquitous connectivity” has passed from this world even before anyone had a chance to learn what it means, there is one screen that is truly u·biq·ui·tous (adj. present, appearing, or found everywhere. Synonyms: omnipresent).

The screen in EVERYONE’s living room. The screen that, no matter how many devices per household, still gathers the clan every evening and still has the best view in the house. The screen that is truly HD, 3D, surround sound, and all the rest of it. The screen that reaches dimensions that make sitting on the sofa more attractive than ever. Yes, we just might be getting fed up with mobility…

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Size Matters

“Fiddling around with screen sizes has played havoc with device categories,” says  Matt Ablott in a recent blog post. “First we had the smartphone… then we had the tablet… More recently we have seen vendors target devices in the midrange between the two… With smartphones getting larger and tablets getting smaller it probably won’t be long before the two form factors trade places in terms of sizing.”

In the television category, however, there is no dilemma as to which is better (bigger or smaller). And when TV sizes start to get preposterous (Samsung exhibited a 110-inch behemoth at CES in Las Vegas), the message is clear: size matters!

And in the age of the SmartTV, ubiquity comes with a brain! Not only is the TV a household feature that has a penetration rate of 98% in the industrialized world (as compared with 71% PC, 55% smartphone, and only 5% tablet penetration). It also possesses all the features we have come to expect of our smart devices: internet, apps, social media, etc.

When the connection between the two is complete, and families or friends sitting infront of their TV screen interact using their “other” smart devices, the circle will be complete. The combination of public and private displays will allow our multi-tasking, content-hungry, ADD generation to watch, engage, and socialize simultaneously.

And then what will mobility look like? Maybe varied locations with the same constellation (ultimate experience = big screen + many little screens). Weboolu’s Virtual Entertainment Console is a living example!

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Chuang Jien!

(for those of you wondering, Chuang Jien is Chinese for Innovate)

As the second largest country in the world, and the most populated with a potential local market of 1.3 billion (2012 census), China’s technological clout has never been in question.

500 m internet users, 300 m mobile internet users, 900 m mobile subscribers, a mobile internet market of $1.7 b, and a “demo-to-download” speed of less than 3 months.

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Innovating China

China’s biggest strength has become applying concepts to a creative and uniquely Chinese context. They have an eagerness to learn, the audacity to take risks, and the sincerity to admit what works and drop what doesn’t. Facebook and Zynga, for example, are actually learning from the mistakes and successes of Chinese monetization experiments,which span an unprecedented spectrum.

Having invented the printing press, compass, and gun powder, it is no surprise that scientific self-sufficiency is China’s goal. But while their strategy to transform from “serving as the world’s factory” to “becoming pioneers in global innovation” is impressive, their homegrown scientists have too often been labelled blatant technology thieves.

With 40% of Chinese games on Android, and 20% on iOS, clearly copycats, the Chinese define themselves as having an unrivaled imagination in 2nd generation innovation, namely making incremental improvements and adaptations for the Chinese market.

Before we accuse them of stealing our intellectual property, let’s look at many of the Western innovations that we worship: the Palm Pilot vs. the Newton, the iPod vs. the Rio, Facebook vs. MySpace,…

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