Samsung introduces a new app to allow for users to donate mobile processing power to research Universities. As people continue to realize that phones are mobile computers, I imagine that more and more developers will realize the potential of the processing power of phones and the full extent of how sensors and geo location data can empower research and larger solutions.
The mobile phone has always been a consumer level intimate object. What happens when people start viewing mobile as a distributed grid / network. The possibilities could be really great.