The future of mobile devices: How long before a smartphone is antiquated?

Posted Apr 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm in Threads > Opinions

Remember this:
It’s a small wearable server that would power your phone, tablet, TV, watch, and perhaps even your glasses. This would cut down on all the unnecessary duplication of hardware and software from your smart devices, essentially syncing everything by connecting to the same computer through every different form factor.

The question is: How long before this becomes a standard form factor? Or do you think this’ll never catch on? Or do you think there will never be an independent server, but rather your smartphone will be the core, kinda like the Asus PadFone? Will we have multiple computers we connect to for different tasks, or will we just have one computer that we connect to in different ways?

Further, feel free to share your experiences or opinions on dockable devices such as a Motorola device with a Lap Dock, or Ubuntu on Android, or even connecting your phone to a TV. Then speculate how that will shape our future of computing. Will desktop computers cease to exist except for in a few situations (what situations)? Will conventional computers only be used by power users such as video editors, or engineers? Will mobile devices be the core of the average person’s computing experience? Are game consoles doomed? What will the future look like in 5, 10, or 20 years?

  • professandobey

    My wife has a Bionic with a Lap Dock. While the experience is slow, I see the future potential, and think with it running ICS, this would be a very usable combo.

    I do think we are going to all move towards one core device with several companion devices. However, I do think that the core device will need to have some independent functionality. So, Asus PadFone form factor FTW!

  • professandobey

    Also, how much do you think Windows 8 will affect computing and form factors? Google Glasses?

  • SGB101

    Did you knock that site up before you posted the thread. some of the wording makes this look like an April fool’s prank.

    I have often thought the phone will endup being the center of our digital world. pc in your pocket.

    Imagine just walking into your lounge, swiping your phone NFC against your tv and they connect, entérine tout office and thé GPS gets you location , and blue tooths starts scanning oft you DLNA screen, Bluetooth mouse/keyboard and,4g connects o inter net and WiFi to works network.

    tho options are endless.

  • CTown

    That sounds incredible! That’s very clever. So, actual brain of the “i’m” devices lies in the core, so the smartphone is just a phone sized display, a camera, anaccelometer, and stuff like that? So, if you get the phone and tablet-like deivces one is only going to pay for things such as the CPU once? What happens when the entire line updates, for example can one buy a new “core” and keep the old tablet asccesory?

    Seriously, this is a great find… maybe to great (I really think you have a chance to win with this thread)!

  • professandobey

    Winning would have been nice, but I posted this to get discussion going on the next level of form factors.

    I agree with you SGB101, while I think the core idea is inspiring towards the next level of inter-connectivity between devices, I don’t see a compelling reason to separate the core from the smartphone. I’m pretty certain it wasn’t a prank, but from what I hear I’m has a reputation of promising the moon and failing to deliver.

    I presume that if the core and all the other devices communicate on a common standard, upgrading would be a relatively easy task.