With the advancements in technology, innovative devices are hitting the market. This will change the way we are experiencing audio and visual environments. The highly successful Smartphone trend has inspired tech companies to launch new products by incorporating smart applications, voice recognition, display systems and even printing. The products which are limited in nature for research and development are being tried for commercial applications. The result is an altogether new way of experiencing the technology. We are going to experience many changes in the coming three years.


Smartphones are going to replace desktops. Majority of tasks that you accomplish on desktops like surfing, watching movies and listening to music can be performed on your Smartphone. It is even possible to perform banking transactions through mobiles. As per the latest survey conducted by Neilsen, more than 43% of the mobile users are using smartphones. The speed at which Smartphone applications are being developed is not happening with the battery technologies. Lithium Ion batteries is a major breakthrough which happened about fifteen years ago. On the other hand, there is increasing demand for battery back-up and Smartphone applications consume the battery in various ways. Either applications should be smart enough to consume little power or batteries’ discharge cycle should be more.

Microsoft is playing around with a new technology called ‘Augmented Reality’. The technology will introduce non-conventional screens such as glasses you wear and windows glasses of a car, house, etc. For example, you will get a reminder with a visual check list when you are approaching your work space. When you are walking nearby a retail showroom, you will be alerted with the discounts available in the store. This kind of smart information will be abstracted from the web and presented in unique ways which will be more convenient for users to receive them in real-time and act on it.

Consumer electronic industry giant, Samsung is going to launch new kind of mobile phone screens which can be wrapped and stretched out whenever you need. These foldable OLED based screens are limited to research and development labs. But now they are going to hit consumer market in a big way. Innovative speech recognition software may take new turn in the year 2012. Many more applications in the lines of Apple’s Siri will hit the market in the coming years. The ability to command, control and monitor various activities through mobiles and cloud based service are on the anvil.

Living rooms and conference halls will experience new setups with screens of more than life size. You may wonder that in future, theater size screens will be deployed in residential sites which will consume less power. They can deliver crystal clear video along with three dimensional effects. A new wave of printing, 3D printing will change the way we check building plans and living rooms. These highly sophisticated 3 dimensional prints will give the best replica of original items by printing on specially designed plastic material with attractive colors.

Health care sector is going to reap major benefits from the launch of innovative applications. It is no more required to maintain medical files from your birth to the current date. Because all these details can be fed into the applications and you will be suggested with the food items that are to be consumed and you will also get reminders for physical exercises. The entire system may go to the next level with the sensors attached to your body.

As smarter applications are launched, they will automatically make you less dependent on desktops and more dependent on smartphones to be informed, entertained and engaged.

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7 thoughts on “Smartphones Will Replace Desktops, Eventually

  1. This sounds a lot like all the hype we heard for years about notebooks taking the place of desktops. While notebooks have replaced desktops in some business applications, there are many jobs in which the inherent deficiencies of mobile devices will always prevent them from becoming desktop replacements. For example, screen size, expandability, power, and power’s flip side, heat dissipation. Try doing CAD, graphic design, publishing, spreadsheets, and many other complex jobs on your smart phone. Without a big screen, lots of processing power, memory, and storage capacity, it’s highly non-productive.

    Personally, I find smart phones and even tablets pretty much worthless when it comes to web surfing, watching movies, and even listening to music (I HATE earbuds and headphones!). Any screen smaller than something in the neighborhood of 25 inches is just to small to watch movies and videos comfortably. Besides the eyestrain, movies were never meant to be watched on small screens, and doing so takes so much away from the impact of the movie that it totally spoils the experience.

    The day may and probably will come when technology can meet these kinds of computing challenges in a mobile device. That day has not come, and it’s not likely to come in the near future, especially when cost is a consideration, which it most certainly is in business. Even when many new devices and improvements to existing devices that are currently in development reach a point where they’re ready to be marketed, mobile devices still won’t be up to meeting the challenges. Considering that most new technologies and devices go through a development cycle of approximately five years, I’d say we’re at least ten years away from having mobile devices that can truly take the place of current high-end desktops. And don’t forget that some new technologies and devices will also be implemented in desktop computers during this time, possibly prolonging the gap that exists between the capabilities of current desktops and mobile devices.

    The bottom line is that high-power, full-featured, non-mobile computers will always be necessary in some applications, especially business applications and most video. Mobile devices will have their place for those that can live with the inherent limitations and don’t need the larger screens and higher power of stationary computing devices or those whose occupations require that they be mobile almost all the time.

    Trying to get complex work, like the applications I mentioned earlier, accomplished efficiently with acceptable productivity on a mobile device is like trying to haul a load of cattle to market with a Prius.

    • Junk – the simple cost of running a smartphone – will be a deterrent for some time.

      – not everyone will need a ‘here & now’ requirement – that the smartphone /tablet/pad – offers.

  2. sounds good.but how long is this plan to take place?
    thats the good question and plus that the marketing in this years is on the top of its level.the best example is the 4G.they made it ready without being applied.

  3. Mobile phones will never be more than what they are. They can never replace a notebook let alone a desktop. This story has been doing the rounds for years and there is no more truth in it now than there was then. Just think about it, 4″ screen compared to 22″+, it just isn’t going to happen. Mobile internet compared to Wireless internet is another none starter.

    • You are free to hold your opinion. Personally I believe desktops (with 22″ monitors) will end up being docking stations for a portable computer called smartphone.

  4. Smartphones have made our job easier to a great extent, i dont have to access my desktop computer for some everyday tasks. But to be more productive desktops are still required.

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