Although the mobile industry may seem to have reached a plateau with Android and iOS locked into a kind of uneasy platform duopoly, there is still a huge amount of room for innovation around mobile technology and figuring out how it integrates into our personal and work life, Android co-founder and Google Ventures partner Rich Miner told attendees at GigaOM’s Mobilize conference.
Miner told GigaOM Executive Editor Tom Krazit he sees a lot of potential in vertical applications that can take some of the advances mobile technologies have made in the consumer market and apply them to the corporate market. For example, Miner said the business of printing out blueprints is worth tens of billions of dollars in the U.S. alone, even though tablets make a lot more sense for doing that kind of work — which is why Google Ventures has invested in a startup called PlanGrid.
“There’s still very little value being built in an area that has tremendous potential value, and that’s the enterprise,” Miner said. “Especially given what’s happened with RIM and the vacuum that’s been created there.” Tablets are one big area about which the Google VC said he is optimistic: “They have more computing power than a desktop PC had just a few years ago, and yet very few people are using them as part of their day-to-day work environment,” and that’s a big potential source of useful applications.
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