[CoMoDev] Will handhelds eclipse PCs?

  • From: David Beers <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <comodev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2004 13:24:29 -0600

There are already a lot more mobile phones on the planet than there are PCs, 
and mobile phone sales are growing rapidly while PC sales seem to be faltering. 
 Global sales of new mobile phones topped a half billion last year.  
Increasingly, those phones are doing things that people used to do primarily on 
a PC (smart phones are 5% of the cellphone market and doubling each year).  But 
how far can this process go?  Far enough that some people won't bother with a 
PC in the future?  Handheld computers used to be accessories to PCs, but as 
they become connected to high-speed wireless voice and data networks, some 
businesses have stopped deploying laptops and are instead deploying smart 
phones to their employees.  In Asia and to a lesser extent in Europe this seems 
to have happened quite a bit at the consumer level, too.  

Newsweek is sitting up and taking notice (includes some nice quotes by Jeff 
Hawkins, ever the visionary):

It's hard to know how all this will shake out for individual OS platforms like 
Palm, Windows, Symbian, Blackberry, etc. but it's not hard to see that there 
are opportunities to be seized.  


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