The consumer area of smartphone use is the one with which we all are generally familiar, especially if you are already using a smartphone. The combination of increased raw power of the CPU combined with cutting-edge user interfaces as introduced by Apple’s iPhone and HTC G1 (Android) has finally made mobile computer easy to use by typical consumers. No longer do we have to drill down through hierarchies of abbreviated menu items just to accomplish some simple task like muting the phone or add the current caller to our address book. With the improved large rotational screens and the improved user interfaces, related tasks can be visually grouped or located on the screen in a manner that makes common sense.
Beyond the obvious, this modern smartphone approach brings with it an advancement of mobile computing applications not seen before for their ease-of-use, rich features, and speed. Apple Apps for iPhone and iTouch selling at $1 million per day is proof that consumers want to do more with their phone that just make calls and read email — games, productivity apps, reference material and social networking are just a few of the expansions offered by mobile computing based smartphone.
As we look towards the future, we will watch as the more successful mobile computing apps take a lead, set standards, and drive further the development of mobile computing, just as what happened between desktop PCs and notebooks. It seems reasonable to expect that smartphones will evolve into mini-personal computers that will completely replace their desktop brethren much in much the same way that a growing number of people are opting to use only their cellphones or all of their voice communication, eshewing the once-dominate hard-wired phone lines.
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As more people use their smartphone as their only computing device, the peripherals industry will follow suit with some reworks of existing products such as bluetooth keyboards, remote speakers, small printers and wireless displays. In time, as existing peripherals become part of the smartphones’ standard offerings, the peripheral industry will begin to off more exotic featured-laden products that border on science-fiction — hand motion detection, eyeball motion tracking, brainwave detection and in-the-air 3D displays, to name a few that we know are under development right now.