In the past decade, there has been a significant explosion in mobile technologies leaving many to wonder if the end of the desktop computer has come.
So much so that the desktop has now become something of a relic.
Most people now depend on their mobile phones which has changed the fundamental nature of human interaction with technology.
This has created a paradigm where even all applications and platforms now have frameworks that exist for mobile optimization.
The rise of the mobile app has made not only technological news headlines but has also created a new ecosystem where all who have the requisite technological knowledge also benefit and gain from the developments in computing hardware.
The Rise of Touchscreen Technology
Touchscreen technology has played an integral role in how mobile technologies have evolved. Consumer preferences have also determined how these technologies have also evolved as well.
Cupertino California technology giant Apple was the first technology company that brought the use of the LCD touchscreen to light with its introduction of the hugely popular iPhone.
Since then, touchscreen technology has evolved into one of the most popular trends cutting across both mobile phones and touchpads.
Google’s Free Android OS Also Played its Part
Alphabet Inc., owners of both the Google search engine and android operating system also had a role to play in the explosion of the mobile phone.
Google knows that it wasn’t the sales of its proprietary Android operating system that would bring it immense profits realized then that the market share that linked with its web services could earn it the market share without any issues.
The catch then was to offer a free operating system that would work with compatible hardware cutting across multiple manufacturers.
This led to the creation of the open handset alliance which led to the creation of common standards across the board.
Based on this foundation, the Android operating system became the world’s most popular mobile operating system.
This also gave Google’s multiple services more than an eighty percent market share with a new ecosystem for developers to be able to play and earn.
Mobile Devices are Becoming Faster
Following Moore’s law which is the basis for the exponential increases in the processor speeds of all devices, mobile devices are no exception to this rule.
Mobile phones now compete at par with desktops in terms of processor speed and even hard drive capacity.
The difference between both types of devices has now become a matter of simple preference.
However, there are certain specialist fields where the desktop or at least a form of it is still and shall always be needed.
Then again, no one truly knows the next big thing as regards technology.
Is this Truly the End for the Desktop?
The Desktop has created a generation of technologies which have forever changed the way and manner in which human beings interact.
All kinds of innovations now exist due to the simple fact that the desktop was invented as part of the graphical user interfaces of operating systems of which Microsoft Windows was the popular precursor.
The desktop has been the staple of computing and most people whenever they hear the word “computer” always think of the desktop rather than mobile phones, servers and other forms of computers that exist.
The Rise of the Cloud also Played its Part as Well
Server computing speeds have also been a part of the computing speed increase as well.
This gave momentum to the software-as-a-service phenomenon that seems normal right now.
Mobile phones no longer need to carry spare processing capacity for transactions that occur in the cloud.
As such, cloud computing processes most of the background transactions that mobile technologies initiate.
This is why for instance it is possible to backup phone contact lists and download them again unto new devices seamlessly.
Cloud computing has played a major role in making mobile devices popular in the grand scheme of things.
Consumerism has also made Smartphones Cool Again
When smartphones came on the scene about twelve years ago, their major focus was on the business users who needed to make decisions on the fly.
That has changed however as everyone now needs a smartphone to be able to do everyday activities.
The real reason behind this is that smartphone manufacturers now understand that it is no longer just about one segment of the market.
Smartphones ten years ago could only achieve basic functions.
Now, they can do almost anything.
Phone manufacturers focus on the satisfaction of every need, rather than on single-use markets as was previously the case.
This, of course, has shown itself in the way new smartphones are showcased.
The presentation has become everything.
Smartphones have come to stay in our lives.
Just like our furry friends whom we can’t do without, they are also a part of our lives
However, the desktop (for now), is also a part of our lives.
In terms of winning, it is still a tie as there are some things (such as heavy-duty video editing) that smartphones can’t do just yet.
If smartphones will win the battle, it is highly likely that this will occur.
For now, though, it’s still a tie.
Are mobile phones going to win over desktop computers?
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