The Redeye Complex

Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Say hello with your new computer.

I'm trying to understand why computer companies are putting so much research and dollars into cell phones. Well, it is becoming clear now thanks to some recent news articles and opinions.

The Globe and Mail runs Bye, bye, PC? which says computer sales are slowing down in Japan in favour towards smaller devices.
The PC's role in Japanese homes is diminishing, as its once-awesome monopoly on processing power is encroached by gadgets such as smart phones that act like pocket-size computers, advanced Internet-connected game consoles, digital video recorders with terabytes of memory.
On TWIT at about minute 30 while discussing Google's recent appearance in the NYTimes, an answer is given ... paraphrasing ... in emerging markets, people's first encounter with the internet will not be with a desktop computer but with a portable device - hint - a cell phone.

And what is Google actually doing? A GPhone? Well, no. On Monday they talk about their initiative. Say hello to Android.
Android is the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices. It includes an operating system, user-interface and applications -- all of the software to run a mobile phone, but without the proprietary obstacles that have hindered mobile innovation.
Desktop computers are not going away. However they could become a niche item for the home - one per home - when compared with cell phones and portable devices that everyone will have.


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