The iPhone and Google Android are 2 of the newer smart phones on the market. In the case of Android, released late last year, it offers developers free access to develop applications for the phone, while the iPhone remains more controlled by Apple. Blackberry and Palm are other players in this field.
With data access rates becoming cheaper while these phones become more powerful, distribution will continue to grow at a fast rate. This is likely why we see so many new applications being developed for mobile solutions, in the case of the iPhone, there are thousands already available.
The penetration of these devices to the consumer provides huge opportunities. Still in its infancy, smart companies with new and bright ideas have a chance of building themselves a solid marketplace. Existing businesses should find a way to extend themselves into this market, or risk loosing an edge.
Talk about the impact of these devices have going on for years, now is the time to get serious.