Mobile integration coming soon - Google

2011-08-26 22:41
Brett St Clair of Google SA has said that mobile integration will happen soon. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Brett St Clair of Google SA has said that mobile integration will happen soon. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - Mobile technology is poised to integrate a range of devices in an always-on society, Google has said.

"I think we're in this interim stage at the moment where we classify devices separately, so we have your desktop, which is your laptop and your PC, mobile which is split in two areas: You have your high-end devices like Android, Apple, and your feature phone," Google SA head of mobile Brett St Clair told News24.

He said that in developing countries like SA, access to broadband and higher wireless speed was vital for the expansion of the web.

"The key drivers to make that happen are two things: Broadband connectivity, but serious broadband connectivity; LTE [mobile communication standard] or WiFi - something that can deliver the rich content - and the rich content is going to come from the cloud backbone."

St Clair said that in the near future, it would be possible to access the web from various locations, devices and platforms seamlessly where content on one platform would be accessible from a PC, Laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

Security

"That's what we're going to see: This kind of merge of always being on. It's all there, no synching, no having to plug your device into another device - it's just all seamless."

The growth of the web in the mobile arena has led some to question whether security has developed sufficiently to cope with the exponential growth.

"Technology is evolving so fast; the hackers are evolving just as fast. So we've got to make sure that we're keeping up," St Clair said.

He said that the biggest security lapses involved the education of the individual. Users are often caught in scams where hackers use low tech methods to gain information they use to infiltrate systems.

Particularly, the growth of apps for smart devices has given hackers a tool to compromise networks.

Apps offer hackers Trojan Horses in which to slip malicious code, said F-Secure chief resource officer Mikko Hypponen.

"Users are downloading apps at a furious pace and, generally, have not been thinking about security," said John Hering, CEO of Lookout Mobile Security at the Black Hat computer security conference in 2010.

Competition

"The biggest problem in security is always down to the end user. If you look at phishing scams, it's the end users' education," said St Clair.

He said that competition would drive innovation in security.

"We have Google, Microsoft, Amazon all competing with each other, driving innovation, but a concentrated innovation."


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