Is That a Webserver in Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy to See Me?


I'm not sure there's any practical reason for doing this other than proving it can be done, but Nokia wants to put a webserver on your cell phone.

For quite some time it has been possible to access the Internet using mobile phones, although the role of the phone has strictly been that of a client. Considering that the modern phones have processing power and memory on par with and even exceeding that of webservers when the web was young, there really is no reason anymore why webservers could not reside on mobile phones and why people could not create and maintain their own personal mobile websites.

Other than proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are the alpha geek at any social setting, is there any real purpose to doing this?


graywolf, i salute your

graywolf, i salute your title-writing abilities.

to answer the question: can't it be both?

na, I'm just happy to c u

na, I'm just happy to c u ;-)

"We believe that being able

"We believe that being able to run a globally accessible personal website on your mobile phone has the potential of changing the Internet landscape. If every mobile phone or even every smartphone initially, is equipped with a webserver then very quickly most websites will reside on mobile phones. That is bound to have some impact not only on how mobile phones are perceived but also on how the web evolves."

Oh shut up - This statement is only true if you ignore the implications of
battery life (possibly 4 hours while running a webserver??)
bandwidth charges (£100 / GB wouldn't surprise me)
uptime and speed expectations (I'd love to go to the country but I can't because my website will go down!!! Can't go on planes either)

Plus - The fact that hosting is so damn cheap these days anyway. Surely a more practical solution is using your phone to connect to an external webserver. Or just using the webserver on the phone as a way to access your own data, thus turning it on and off when needed. Even that seems like a backwards way of doing something pretty straighforward allready though.

The idea of serving a website from a mobile phone 24/7/365 is nuts.

Nice one Nokia - Bring out the N80 allready please :)

Sic transit gloria mundi

This statement is only true if you ignore the implications of
battery life (possibly 4 hours while running a webserver??)

Kind of gives "15 minutes of fame" a new meaning. Maybe 15 seconds, if you can get around the sandbox.

redefine "web server"

redefine "web server" maybe.

Okay so apache on the phone, answering hits from the web = not a great idea. But it is research and as such needs to grow out from the current state of the art (it has to start with something). The "D" in R&D would handle operational efficiencies.

Now what if the phone live-links to a hosted web server? Only "local" changes phoned home? It's like moving everything that doesn't have to be hosted on the device, off the device. That's minor.

The more major part is the *idea* of driving web content from the phone's local state, to be accessed via the web as a "home page". Who cares where it's actually hosted if the site appears to be hosted on the phone?

Uber Geeks Around the Watering Hole

Dude, did you hear my cell phone got hit by digg and slashdot last weekend, nearly fried my black razr ...

I think its interesting as

I think its interesting as it would allow anyone that knows scripting to build an application for a phone.

diagnostics and stuff

Small web servers in embedded devices are de rigueur these days. We use 'em to provide a handy UI for accessing the devices for configuration, diagnostics, or whatever.

So "proving it can be done" is non sequitor. Of course it can be done because we've been doing web servers in small embedded devices for at least ten years. That only leaves unanswered the question of "why?"

same idea

I think that's the point. The same idea as the web server on my router or my security camera. It becomes addressable for local data reporting.

Now because phones are more ubiquitous than laptops, notebooks, or desktops (combined?) this is a big deal, right? Also, because phones are widely considered non-technical, and used for social apps, this is bigger even than MySpace :-)

What local data is important to social circles? Location, location, location... the same hyper-local issue again. Think ringtones are hot? Ringbacks? How about TodayScreens in WindowsMobile5, screen savers, browsing your friends cell phone picture gallery *before* it's been moblogged, or even peering through their video cam voyeur style (if they enable that privilege)?

I've spent the last few days customizing my Audiovox XV6700 (Verizon) pocketPC cellphone with WindowsMobile5 and as much as I hate Windblows there is huge potential here. I agree the publicly-addressable server will probably never actually reside on the phone, but I can see callbacks on the phone feeding a serving service fairly close to the edge, and appearing to users as if it were on the phone.

I am running an app on my phone now that records all of my calls and uploads them as .wav files to a website in the background, where I can log in at any time to listen to them. Works really well. Also archives pictures, videos, notes, contacts, etc. Lots and lots of potential waiting to be explored.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.