I guess I'm thinking of the fold up keyboards you could buy for the old Pocket PCs and Palms as well as what you can get for tablets.
Phones are a long way away from having enough horsepower and not terribly close to PC OS standards, but I still want one that will just automatically wirelessly connect to a display and keyboard/mouse without any mechanical intervention on my part.
That seems a remarkably prescient article Sylvie. Can you do Stock Market? :) I guess in a sense you have for a limited set, very well done. Great insight, research and writing.
While I do appreciate and use all these technologies and the things that drive them, across all non-fixed devices, power density in batteries is a fundamental technology issue that has got to be defeated in a big way. In many offices I visit I see chargers and smart phones out at every desk with most people owning at least 3 chargers, one for home, one in the car and another in the office or some variation of that theme. The other oft ignored issue is device and network resilience. One only has to experience a major fire, quake, storm to know that cell networks go out fast and most devices although much improved will not pass the "drop into a puddle from a shirt pocket" test.
- Microsoft buys majority of shares in Nokia
- RIM goes under
- Windows 8 underwhelms and fails to score market share in tablets and other mobile devices (better growth in PCs and Ultrabooks in 2013 and beyond)
- PC OEMs give up on tablets, relinquishing the market to the content and service providers
- US carriers all start offering bucket/personal data plans
- Intel fails to score a major handset win, again (in 2012 at least)
- Android dominates handsets and approaches 50% of tablet market
- Three more mobile SoC vendors announce integrated baseband products
- PC sales stall and Ultrabooks fail to meet expectations (in 2012 at least)
- The PND market dwindles down to just one or two final players struggling to hold-on
- Handheld game consoles lose ground to tablet gaming
- Several of the recent Internet IPOs declare bankruptcy (You can guess the usual suspects)
- Semi market grapples with over capacity even as the device market achieves slow and steady growth
Tomaetos, tomahtos. They haven't been available on phones. You're essentially running the equivalent of "google chrome" on your phone using either a HD TV, monitor, or dock. The keyboard and mouse can both be wireless but at this point, you have to plug in an HDMI cable. Another difference is that it's not just duplicating the phone screen, but rather booting up a different UI... You get Firfox, office, pdf readers, email, wireless network and printer connectivity, etc. Most of which is pointedly not available from the likes of Apple.
Docking keyboards and such have been available for mobile devices for years. I'd leave desktop transformation off until it's wireless. When you can walk up and sit down at your desk and start working without taking your smart phone out of your packet; that will be a serious innovation.
One notable feature left off: Desktop transforation. PLug your mobile device (tablet or handheld) into a dock to produce a desktop/laptop computer. This area is just getting started with Lenovo and Motorola (a la Atrix, Bionic, Photon, etc) having solutions in production.
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