iPhone Gets Kudos From Rival

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The world's biggest mobile phone maker, Nokia, has praised Steve Jobs and Apple for moving mobile phones away from simply making calls.

In a report -- "Is the mobile web coming of age?" -- on the future of mobile Internet surfing Nokia's executive vice president of markets Anssi Vanjoki told the BBC; "Steve Jobs did a great service for the digital industry by focusing the attention where we wanted it to be - on mobile [Web] and content."

"More than one billion people have a Nokia device in their pocket. We see a big learning curve taking place with these so-called mobile computers, which are about always being connected 24-7-365."

Vanjoki, like many others quoted by the BBC, believes the mobile phone will have a liberating effect on those who previously had little or no Internet access.

"Everyone has an interest in mobile. And if we look at those four billion subscribers, the majority of growth is in the developing world. We believe most of these people who experienced telephony through a mobile device will experience the Internet through a mobile device."

Sir Tim Berners Lee, widely credited with inventing the World Wide Web, told the BBC; "In developing countries it's going to be exciting because that is the only way that a lot of people will actually get to see the Internet at all."

The report quotes recent research from ComScore that found 93 per cent of iPhone owners regularly accessed mobile media in January, with 75 per cent accessing email in the same period, more than double the smartphone average.

The iPhone also proved popular amongst UK users for reading news on the go, with nearly 80 per cent accessing news and other information, four times the rate for all mobile phone users.

The BBC report also quotes Google who has said it sees 50 times the number of searches using the iPhone than any other mobile device.

Google's vice president of engineering Vic Gundotra said the migration to mobile was a natural progression for the world's leader in Internet search.

"The entire world is moving to mobile and mobile is the most personal of all personal computers. They are increasing their importance and it has a dramatic impact on the future of Google. Through mobile and Google we are going to make the world's information accessible and useful to everybody."

This story, "iPhone Gets Kudos From Rival" was originally published by Macworld U.K..

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