Fred Wilson’s top 10 mobile wants

Fred Wilson, VC extrodonnaire at Union Square Ventures has published a list of the top 10 things he wants to see on his mobile.

I read down the list going ‘yeah, uh huh, yeah’ — and all sorts of companies and products were popping into my head.

Fred — the good news: A lot of the list is already available.

The bad news: Generally, some of what you want IS available but poorly implemented. As for Shazam for faces, Nokia have a recognition system in the works that will definitely do this with objects and possibly faces.

Here’s a few from Fred’s list:

1) Shazam for places – I blogged about this when I was in Scotland earlier this month. I met a company at TechStars yesterday that might be able to build it. I hope they do.

2) Shazam for people – same idea. even more possibilities for this one.

4) Handshake two mobile phones and share contact info – apparently coming soon to the iPhone. man we need a real app ecosystem for the blackberry.

5) Internet radio that can run in the background – internet radio is a killer app on mobile phones, but not if you can’t multitask while listening to it.

6) A bike odometer – i’ve got a bike odometer on both my road bike and mountain bike. the batteries have died and i am too lazy to replace them. i’d rather have a mobile app that i click at the start of my ride and the the end of my ride. lot’s of possibilities for this one.

If time permits, head over to his post and give him some suggestions.

I Twittered him on his 10th want:

10) the mobile phone e-ticket – an app that lets you check into your flight on your mobile phone (via the web) and downloads the ticket to your phone. the gate attendant scans your phone instead of the ticket.

This is exactly what ShopQwik does, especially in America where you can properly e-ticket.

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  • http://www.symbian-guru.com Ricky

    Of course I can't help but point out that #5 and #6 are both currently available, at least for Nokia's S60-powered smartphones. Either Nokia's own Internet Radio application, or the excellent Mobbler app allow you to stream internet radio and play in the background, as well.

    The bike odometer, I believe SportsTracker fits the bill quite nicely, no?

  • MarkW

    Surely Nokia Sportstracker does what he needs for #6? Or is he just talking Blackberry here? I use Sportstracker when out on my motorbike and the data you can view when you get back is fascinating (including top speed, so you have to be careful how public you make the data…). Gonna put it to work when my brother and I go away for a weekend soon, so we can keep a record of the entire journey. And I might just stick to Nokia/Google maps for navigating (rather than take a paper map) – just to see how it goes. Actually, thinking about it, I'll also have to whack some pix onto Facebook, via Shozu (or, indeed, Sportstracker) as we whizz about.

    Excellent – a weekend of my two favourite things: biking and general phone-geekiness!

  • http://www.symbian-guru.com Ricky

    Of course I can't help but point out that #5 and #6 are both currently available, at least for Nokia's S60-powered smartphones. Either Nokia's own Internet Radio application, or the excellent Mobbler app allow you to stream internet radio and play in the background, as well.

    The bike odometer, I believe SportsTracker fits the bill quite nicely, no?

  • MarkW

    Surely Nokia Sportstracker does what he needs for #6? Or is he just talking Blackberry here? I use Sportstracker when out on my motorbike and the data you can view when you get back is fascinating (including top speed, so you have to be careful how public you make the data…). Gonna put it to work when my brother and I go away for a weekend soon, so we can keep a record of the entire journey. And I might just stick to Nokia/Google maps for navigating (rather than take a paper map) – just to see how it goes. Actually, thinking about it, I'll also have to whack some pix onto Facebook, via Shozu (or, indeed, Sportstracker) as we whizz about.

    Excellent – a weekend of my two favourite things: biking and general phone-geekiness!

  • http://www.symbian-guru.com Ricky

    Of course I can't help but point out that #5 and #6 are both currently available, at least for Nokia's S60-powered smartphones. Either Nokia's own Internet Radio application, or the excellent Mobbler app allow you to stream internet radio and play in the background, as well.

    The bike odometer, I believe SportsTracker fits the bill quite nicely, no?

  • MarkW

    Surely Nokia Sportstracker does what he needs for #6? Or is he just talking Blackberry here? I use Sportstracker when out on my motorbike and the data you can view when you get back is fascinating (including top speed, so you have to be careful how public you make the data…). Gonna put it to work when my brother and I go away for a weekend soon, so we can keep a record of the entire journey. And I might just stick to Nokia/Google maps for navigating (rather than take a paper map) – just to see how it goes. Actually, thinking about it, I'll also have to whack some pix onto Facebook, via Shozu (or, indeed, Sportstracker) as we whizz about.

    Excellent – a weekend of my two favourite things: biking and general phone-geekiness!

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