More exciting because they're mobile & wireless computers that are with you at all times. Remote access and/or control of just about anything from your smartphone has already resulted in some interesting uses in home automation, home security, fitness monitoring & other areas, but as IoT expands, we will see many more. I expect there will be many more wireless "peripherals" at future MWCs.
Junko, much of this change is due to the smartphone becoming the magnet platform for new applications and usage models. in addition, the performance of many smartphones is now very close to the average PC.
The next step is taking that small form factor and creating a smart network and enabling more devices, hence IoT.
"What we thought as a smartphone probably needs to be re-defined now. So few people actually talk on the smartphone!"
Indeed, the smartphone has become the central hub, wirelessly connected to an increasing number of peripherals -- but in a much more exciting way than the PC ecosystem & peripherals of a now almost bygone era.
it's almost as though it may be necessary to reinvent the telephone in a new form factor--outside of what the smartphone has become--so that mobile communications can once again be at the center of what's happening in a given form factor. I'm not sure how this would happen, but MWC would be an interesting place to launch such a device.
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