Posted by Halla @ Mon 03 05, 2012 12:04For a good long while now Ive been telling people that the future of computers isnt computers. That is to say, its not desktops, laptops, net books or tablets. Its phones.
Rather, its the phones ability to become all of those other things.
Let me explain myself 'mo better.
If you do any PC build or repair work (or even if you are just keen in noticing stuff in general) you have probably asked yourself why people are buying quad+ core PCs with 6+ gig of RAM and a sweet video card when all they use the machine for is web browsing and occasionally opening some software like Office. It actually kills me to see some random clueless guy go out and buy an awesome machine and using it to watch youtube videos when I'm stuck using a decade+ old desktop.
All that aside for now, lets take a look at the general PC user. They use a browser and some other general programs like office and that's about it. That's the vast majority of the market.
I envision the future as being a phone you carry in your pocket that connects (I'm not going to get into specifics, this is a general statement) via ad-hoc or blue tooth to various other items/peripherals on demand. By on demand I mean either through an app or possibly even proximity. Imagine having your phone in your pocket, and simply hitting a button or something the wall TV/monitor turns on and your touch screen desk initializes and allows you to do... well... whatever.
That's what I see as the future of computing. You probably have it in your pocket. Its the future, but it doesn't know it yet...Or wait, maybe it does.
So imagine my excitement when a month or few weeks or so ago I heard about a product where
"Users will be able use Android on their smartphones and Ubuntu as a desktop once the device is docked with a keyboard and monitor. Both operating systems will run simultaneously on the same device and have the ability to share contacts, messages and other common services."
WOW. Really? Is it April Fools day? No? Seriously? When?
2014? DAMN IT!
I mean, sure, its kind of like the Motorola Atrix WebTop - which you have to admit was pretty innovative. Still, this is freakin awesome in my opinion and the way the future seems like it should go. I particularly like the idea of using your own peripherals and not being shackled to something that's proprietary.
Check it out and let us bask in the potential awesomeness of this together!
Linkage as usual:
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/a ... phone.html
http://www.bgr.com/2012/02/21/ubuntu-co ... d-devices/
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/201 ... phones.ars