I’ve have been a regular Kickstarter junkie. Bought a couple of things. Some worked and others didn’t. Some guys ran off with my money! For those new to Kickstarter, it is not a home shopping network so some of the porjects really don’t come through. Just be prepared for it. One fine day, I was contemplating getting this, a larger screen that I could broadcast the screen on my mobile to. The Superscreen promised to make me a true mobile warrior where I could literally work off my mobile phone from place to place.
This got me thinking of whether our mobile phones could replace our laptops in the future. Some guys from Wired certainly think that it could happen in 2 years. For those in many developing countries, a smartphone is their first computer and their only Internet-connected device. According to a February 2014 survey from Pew Research reports, Africans use their cellphones for mobile payments, for getting political, health, and consumer information and, of course, social networking. With pricing reaching an affordable $30 to $50 for some smartphones, people who have never before been able to afford a computing device now own one, and it fits in their pocket.
ARM’s new CPU, for example, provides a 50x increase in performance over chips from five years ago, on 75 percent less energy than chips from three years ago. Other chips feature similar specs: Apple’s A8 chip in the iPhone 6 is 50 times faster than the chip in the original iPhone, and its GPU is 84 times faster. And Qualcomm’s latest, the Snapdragon 810 (which LG, HTC, and other Android device makers are planning on employing in upcoming handsets) boasts 4K video streaming and online 3-D gaming capabilities.
But while the smartphone’s hardware and software will be technically able to handle tasks we’d formerly reserve for the desktop, making the switch from smartphone-plus-notebook (or desktop) to smartphone-only will still take some adjustment.
We’ll still need to improve in two areas: network connectivity and content storage. Connectivity in particular—as more people shift from broadcast TV and stream on mobile devices, it could create a bottleneck in cellular networks—but maybe content storage less so, since cloud-based storage is already increasingly becoming a necessary part of our workflows. But paired with a monitor and a Bluetooth keyboard at work, or streaming over Wi-Fi to a TV set at home, in a few years, there’s no real reason why, for the vast majority of us, a smartphone couldn’t handle all our daily computing needs.
One small suggestion to the Superscreen guys. Try to include a case with a bluetooth keyboard. Really facilitates the typing especially for mails and of course, this blog. If you are interested, there might be some time left so check it out!
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