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What comes next after smartphones?

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11/30/2010 00:22 AM EST

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Vishal Modi
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Vishal Modi   5/3/2011 3:38:19 PM
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Great article. One of the area in my opinion that will see a surge would be the Gaming. As newer and powerful converged computing devices are being developed, the focus will changed from traditional gaming (on PCs) to mobile phones and tablets. The Motorola Xoom tablet, was recently certified by Sony as "PlayStation Certified device". Microsoft has already integrated Xbox support in the their latest OS. This is just the beginning and I am sure we will see more of these in the coming years. Vishal www.vishalmodi.info

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DMcCunney   12/3/2010 10:49:16 PM
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It might help to simply drop "phone" from the description. Phone implies a device intended to place and receive voice calls. What we are getting is a new wave of connected handheld devices where placing/receiving calls may not be the main use for the device. Indeed, the device may not be a phone at all. I'm *not* converged. My cell phone is the cheapest, lowest end device Nokia makes. All it does is place/receive calls and do SMS messaging. That's all I *want* it to do. Why? Form factor. The problem is that we want our cell phones tiny, but a tiny device means a tiny screen. Too much of what I want to do simply requires a larger screen than most hand held devices have, and if it has a big enough screen, it's likely too big to be a conveniently usable phone. Hi-res screens and innovative UIs can only go so far. My companion device is an old PDA. It has a 320x480 color screen, and is capable of viewing videos and photos, playing MP3s, doing word processing and spreadsheets, viewing ebooks (about half of what I use it for), handling standard PIM activities...and oh, yes, it plays games. I wouldn't mind an even larger screen. It wouldn't fit in a pocket, but I don't carry it in a pocket anyway. I'm not interested in a "superphone". I *am* interested in the new wave of connected Android powered devices based on ARM processors, with larger screens and greater capability. If a vendor wants to make me happy, they'll release a device in two parts: a *small* handset that can place/receive calls and do SMS, and a larger companion that will do everything else. Each part should work stand alone, but should work together if both are present (possibly via Bluetooth connectivity) No one is doing that, alas. ______ Dennis

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_hm   12/2/2010 4:27:38 AM
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Smartphones are becoming more powerful with added new features. However, I am yet to see any evolutionary or path breaking innovations. There is urgent need for that or else mobile phone market may loose its prime market position.

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ShibuSalam   12/2/2010 3:51:13 AM
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Waiting to see when DLNA certified Ultra-phones will come in future

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Duane Benson   11/30/2010 9:43:27 PM
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Eventually, the "phone" device will begin to replace desktop PCs. A person will be able to carry all of their computing capacity and all of their local data along with them in their hyper-phone (Super-duper phone?). As the processing capability of low-power CPUs grows, it will reach a point at which it will be able to run word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, video and the other standard productivity applications. A few things need to happen first though. Obviously, the low-power CPUs must get faster and/or the fast CPUs must drop in power consumption. That's probably the easy part. We'll need wireless input and output devices. Yes, you can watch a movie on a 3" screen, but that won't do in the case of a primary computing device; seamless wireless technology for text entry, software navigation and display are prerequisites. Next, are some real standards - and the phone companies can't be in control of the UI/User experience. It won't work unless there is one format for each document type that crosses between hyper-phone, home desktop and work desktop, of every brand. Remember the days when there were thirty different word processing programs, each with their own file format and command structure? Not going to work. There will still be conventional desktops and laptops, but they will diminish in quantity and migrate toward specialized and maximum performance applications.

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pixies   11/30/2010 5:04:52 PM
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Phones that can communicate with and control household appliances and electronics will be pretty cool.

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