Smartphones And Other Small Cheap Computers Can Do it All?

Display Search has a blog entry about the future of computing.

  • “How will the smartphone differentiate itself from mobile PCs and tablets, aside from screen size?”
  • “What are smartphone makers working on to advance the smartphone revolution? How does the industry visualize the future of smartphones?”
  • “When will we start to see mobile PCs, tablet PCs, and smartphones converge, if ever?”
  • “Are there any smartphone characteristics that mobile PCs and tablets will never be able to emulate?”

They ask how much of IT will be about the smartphone. Some elements:

I think the future is now for consumers. The smartphone is the first line of computing for them. Consumers carry smartphones in pocket, purse, and holster, ready for anything from finding a route to travel, checking prices, taking photos, recording audio and video, and of course, talking. Many young people can type just as fast on a smartphone as they can on a real keyboard. It’s not that fast but it’s plenty good enough for the vast majority of users. I commented:
“Convergence is the key. Consumers have already decided a smartphone is a small cheap computer they can use for almost anything. Tablets, notebooks and desktops will all have to fight for share in the new universe of devices. I expect to see monitors, keyboard, mice and projectors that work with smartphones just as well as tablets, notebooks and desktops. I expect that most consumers will be able to choose their computer on price/performance from any style. I expect that businesses, governments, schools and organizations will all follow that lead. Unlike monopoly which stifles innovation, choice in the market will now eliminate all barriers to computing whether it is on price, performance, portability, size, complexity or maintainability. We are witnessing the personal computing revolution that was hijacked by Microsoft now free to evolve naturally, with the fittest surviving. The future of IT will be about diversity, not a small set of narrowly defined options.”

Look at it this way. The tiny mammals out-lasted the dinosaurs because they could reproduce faster and adapt better to changing conditions. The small cheap computers are kicking butt.

via Can the Smartphone Do it All?.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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2 Responses to Smartphones And Other Small Cheap Computers Can Do it All?

  1. ram says:

    oe, that is a great article! A young friend of mine showed me his new Android/Linux tablet today. Compared to anything from Microsoft it was as if “space aliens” gifted it to the human race. Handled media websites in every format I could think of. This contrasts extremely sharply with Apple devices that only allow Apple media, and Microsoft devices that only allow Microsoft formats and content from “Microsoft Partners”. Problem for Microsoft and Apple is nobody gives a (expletives deleted) about their bogus media content — not even the people they pay to create it!

    Their “partners” are all deeply in debt and nothing can save them. Continuing central bank “printing” of money to support them will collapse the national currencies breaking every corporation in those countries.

  2. oe says:

    Great analogy at the end….perhaps 10 years to soon was this prediction (a good read) but it would have unfolded such if not for true free market capitalism as opposed to graft, featherbedding, and undermining competition based on tactics that may have been legal but of questionable ethics (forced bundling with OEM hardware, embrace, extend, extinguish, OOXML vs ODF, shifting version formats, Kerberos, NetBUI, IE3 thru 6, and so on.)

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