The mobile Web could take off

I've always taken T-Mobile's bold - and some might say, rash - claims for its Web'n'Walk mobile Internet service with a rather large pinch of salt, until I learned about LG's plans for organic LED last night, courtesy of Channel 5's The Gadget Show.

Organic LED is a technology that allows screens to have their own onboard power source, meaning that the screens can be really thin and flexible. One concept that LG is working on is a mobile phone with a screen that unrolls, scroll like, from the side of the handset.

The idea behind O-LED is that users will have a mobile device that supports basic PDA and mobile phone functions, and then also supports desktop PC functions using a rollout screen.

If you add a laser-driven virtual keyboard, then you could have a notebook PC that rolls up into a format not that dissimilar to today's candy bar mobile phones.

This would allow mobile users to do almost everything that their desktop Internet counterparts do, including secure access to VPNs and the Web (for e-banking and the like) without resorting to non-standard Web browsers.

The slightly bad news here is that the dominance of Internet Explorer in the field of Web browsing is likely to continue - unless, of course, one of the newer browsers, such as Opera or Browser 60, starts to take off.

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) really does take a lot of beating, if only for its general all-roundedness.

O-LED will be the technology to keep an eye on, however....