If people were only using their smart phones for calling or even one thing at a time there would be little need for more RAM but usage is growing 50% per annum as people find smart phones so useful. According to iSuppli, “
The average amount of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) in each smartphone shipped worldwide is expected to surge by nearly 50 percent this year, as these advanced cellphones gain greater functionality, according to an IHS iSuppli DRAM Dynamics Market Brief from information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS).
Average DRAM content in smartphones will expand to 666 megabytes (MB) this year, up from 453MB in 2011 and 202MB in 2010.
Of course, the numbers are held down a bit by the numerous low-end smart phones affordable in every corner of the globe but even folks with money on their third smart phone are doing much more than making calls with their smart phones. Most smart phones have from 512 MB to 1gB RAM these days. My Little Woman is into using the smart phone more than her expensive Canon camera. It’s always handy and handier… She keeps adding apps too. Folks talk about keyboards when they talk about “creating content” but a camera beats a keyboard by miles and only a couple of fingers are needed. People love that. My younger relations all have smart phones and use them for everything from flashlights to servers. It all takes some of that precious RAM to switch contexts rapidly which they do. My son will whip out his smart phone rather than reaching for a keyboard to tweak a server or our multimedia PC. The horror… I can barely see what’s on the screen let alone tap it in the right place with my digital lumps.
The smart thingy industry now consumes more RAM than desktop/notebook personal computers. That should tell everyone, OEMs, retailers, consumers, and organizations large and small that the Wintel monopoly is on it last legs. There’s nothing like seeing the lead open up to encourage users of FLOSS that the world is changing in a good way. Most of the RAM today is not running M$’s stuff. It won’t be long before all PCs give FLOSS a shot whether in business or on retail shelves.