The Mobile Computing Conundrum
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Remember the Palm pilot 1000 digital planner that was coasting around late 90's? Even slinky digital diary looked 'heavy'. PDAs (personal Digital Assistant) took over entire techworld by rage - a new OS ; contesting which, Microsoft built much of the desktop business as drag-innovation on MS Windows CE . But Palm held on to its 'innovation' consumerism into the OS market untill Apple gave in a burst of 'interface' with Apple iBook G3 Wi-Fi enabled laptop. Thereafter the mobile computing market went to whole host of evolution. But still, the market matured at much rapid speed wrt time.
But its also the sheer outreach! According to World bank report on Mobile computing " The number of mobile subscriptions in low- and middle-income countries increased by more than 1,500 percent between 2000 and 2010, from 4 to 72 per 100 inhabitants". What takes its importance to another level is amount of millionairs it churned - just thru applications! Angry birds !!!
So how much mobile computing is going to see more innovation that is gadget driven?
Some historical perspective i could glean ::
1971: Busicom LE-120A 'Handy-LE' calculator
1981: Osborne 1 portable computer
1982: Grid Compass 1100 clamshell laptop
1983: TRS-80 Model 100 portable PC
1991: Psion Series 3 minicomputer
1996: Palm Pilot 1000 digital planner
1999: Apple iBook G3 Wi-Fi enabled laptop
2002: Acer TravelMate TM-100 laptop/tablet hybrid
2002: RIM BlackBerry 5810 handheld email machine/phone
2006: Samsung Q1 Ultra-Mobile PC
2007: Apple iPhone smartphone
2010-2011: Apple iPad 1 and 2
Something to learn
According to Gartner : Technologies that will continue to redefine the mobile computing landscape :