SyncML®: Synchronizing and Managing Your Mobile Data By Uwe Hansmann, Riku Mettälä, Apratim Purakayastha, Peter Thompson, Phillipe Kahn
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Chapter 14. Summary and the Future
Products containing both SyncML DS and DM will start to appear as regular features in mobile devices, due to the influence of the various standards organizations requirements.
Mobile phones will use SyncML DS to maintain the address book. Users will no longer have to worry about losing their data when they lose their phone or how to get their information onto a new phone.
Mobile phones will use SyncML DM to maintain the user preferences and network connections. Carriers will be able to maintain a large number of mobile devices with much less difficulty. Users will be able to get better support when their devices have problems.
Small, portable computers will use SyncML DS to maintain a large suite of data, ranging from address books and calendars to files on the local disk. Users will be able to access their data from anywhere and not worry about keeping everything up to date.
Web Servers have already started to incorporate SyncML DS in their offerings. Carriers will start to offer SyncML DS and DM as part of their services.
Larger computers will use SyncML DS to distribute user information to portable devices, in addition to the Web interface for the data. The user's data will be safely and securely synchronized in a seamless fashion.
SyncML will appear in many different markets, some faster than others. Slower acceptance in some markets may be due to a thorough review by a standards body or the proprietary nature of the market.
Of course, it is always difficult to guess the future. No doubt, new product areas will discover new uses for SyncML technology.