I love being surprised with a little WoW moment and the old Qantas 767 from Melbourne to Sydney last night did just that. The planeust have been over 15 years old with heavy monitors hanging from the isle ceiling every 15meters, but what I found in the front pocket of my economy seat wowed me: An iPad with a beautiful html5 / browser-based entertainment system that included the latest movies and TV shows. The iPad operated in flight mode, but through some WiFi magic the device enabled its plane internal server connection. The iPad was also protected by a safety case that included a speaker to probably make a loud sound if it is taken through some sensors build into the planes doors. Brilliant and probably cost Qantas heaps less than equipping the plane with new seats that have an entertainment system build in. Well done Qantas!
Appleinsider recently stated that Google might be ditching Android over its intellectual property issues. I find this a disturbing and shocking news as the iOS world surely needs a strong competitor in order to foster innovation moving forward. The article also states that Samsung might soon be launching its own mobile operating system on an open platform which is very interesting as Samsung devices seem to be gaining momentum worldwide. I cannot wait to find out what Google's plans are for Chromecast, but it looks as if the platform will be more than a broadcasting and web-TV solution... Stay tuned...
Bjorn Behrendt is a serial entrepreneur with an extensive knowledge about online retail, payments and mobile commerce.