Lots of talk currently doing the rounds about a mythical ‘Nirvana Phone’, which is basically the marriage of a mobile phone with thin client and wireless technology . The idea is you do away with laptops, and replace the whole computing thing with a phone hooked up to a Bluetooth keyboard and large screen.
Make no mistake, this IS the future of computing. Now that we’re starting to see cell phones with the processing power needed for the task, it’s inevitable that this idea will take off massively once the economics can be worked out. By that I mean, it all needs to fit together in an affordable package which offers the same kind of utility as a laptop does today. We’re not far off.
When you think about it most people already use their smartphone for the major part of their work needs – email, voice communication and a bit of search browsing. Once the online web app market matures a little (i.e. works reliably) and 3G wireless delivers the soon to launch 40 Mbps everywhere type speeds we’ll start to see new phone computers everywhere. Will they be Citrix/PC thin client type devices? I doubt it. More likely Google will take the lead since it understands the Web-machine interface better than most companies on the planet. And with Android it is learning fast about the needs of the new generation computing platform.
Watch this stuff, it’s going to explode over the next few years.