Webserver on Nokia Cellphone June 5, 2006Posted by rajAT in mobile, nokia, technology.
Nokia has ported the Apache webserver to Symbian, in order to enable mobile phones to serve content on the World Wide Web. Many mobile phones today have more processing power than early Internet servers, suggesting that "there really is no reason anymore why webservers could not reside on mobile phones," according to the company.There are some companies in Hyderabad who are trying to port a J2EE server on the mobile phone. So there is lots of activity in this area.
But only thing is there are no good use cases where they can be used.
Nokia has listed few use cases here –
Nokia notes that websites hosted on mobile phones enable phone owners to inter-actively participate in content generation. For example, Nokia has written an application that prompts the phone owner to take a picture, which is then relayed to the requester as a JPEG.
Another touted advantage is that the amount of personal information stored on mobile phones makes it easy to "semi-automatically generate a personal home page."
So far, Nokia's "concept demonstration applications" include:
* Interactive, contextual, and location-dependent content
o Use the phone as a webcam
o Find other mobile web sites in the proximity
o Find out the location of a mobile website (cellid)
* Enabling new communication means without operator involvement
o Send instant message
o Leave instant message in the inbox
o Leave a note on a mobile weblog
* Access core data
o Access favorites, contacts, calendar, logs, and messages
o Download images
o Mount a read-write view of the root webserver directory and edit pages directly using WebDAV
But these all I would say are Vitamins and not Pain killers. No technology for that matter gets widely adopted untill an unless it solves one customer pain point beautifully.
Though a webserver or J2EE server on a mobile phone can be big thing but we have to think a big customer pain point.
So lets put on our thinking hats. 🙂