Qualcomm CEO: We're moving beyond post-PC era to post-phone era

Qualcomm CEO: We're moving beyond post-PC era to post-phone era

Summary: Qualcomm's CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs predicts that computing environments are going to follow the pattern of smartphones, such as always on and always connected interfaces.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The evolution from traditional computers to mobile, tablet-like form factors is probably more dramatic than you think, according to Qualcomm CEO Dr. Paul E. Jacobs.

"The trend towards smartphones all around the world is something that everyone has watched," said Jacobs. "When you think about things like emerging markets and could people afford a higher end phone, that's been the biggest surprise."

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Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference on Tuesday afternoon, Jacobs posited that we're moving from beyond a post-PC era to almost a post-phone era.

He pointed towards the tablet form factor in particular, but that computing environments are going to follow the pattern of smartphones, such as always on and always connected interfaces.

"I'm also a pretty firm believer that's where the world is going," Jacobs asserted. "I travel now only with a tablet and a smartphone. The kind of form factors and experiences people have will be another interesting change."

Jacobs covered one mobile partnership in particular: Nokia.

Predicting bigger things ahead with the benefits of the pending release of Windows 8 and the Metro user interface, Jacobs said one of the good things here is that Nokia will be able to bring these developments to emerging markets, where it's still strong.

However, with those advancements, the challenge for Nokia will be bringing these Windows Phone devices down to the right price points.

Topics: Nokia, Apple, Hardware, Mobile OS, Operating Systems, Smartphones, Tablets, Windows

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  • RE: Qualcomm CEO: We're moving beyond post-PC era to post-phone era

    Instead of carrying something around with you, your data shows up where and when you need it on any device you have.
    jatbains
    • RE: Qualcomm CEO: We're moving beyond post-PC era to post-phone era

      @jatbains that was a major point in the Microsoft Future Visions videos! :)
      Mage Ronin
      • Minority Report

        @Mage Ronin
        Showing ads in public based on a person preferences, after being retina scanned at the store entrance.

        Creepy
        William Farrel
      • Shades of "Minority Report"

        @William Farrel
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        Patanjali
  • Pretty soon we'll be in the

    post office area again.
    William Farrel
  • BS!

    only FOSS is in the post PC era. M$ is nowhere!
    LlNUX Geek
  • Win 8 with its Connected Standby is the go for that

    Win 8 would be the perfect candidate to enable that for desktops, especially since it is the comms chipsets, like Qualcomm's that have to do a lot of the smarts.

    It would mean that companies could be quite aggressive about powersaving PCs while idle, but not make users sit around while their banked up emails are fetched.

    Of course, Outlook or whatever replaces it needs to be a Metro app.
    Patanjali
  • RE: Qualcomm CEO: We're moving beyond post-PC era to post-phone era

    I agree and disagree.

    I agree that in the end, we're going to see a variety of form factors and devices, not just cell phones.

    And as they get cheaper, you'll see more of them. A person will own several devices, and use the most convenient one for the situation.

    I disagree that we're "post-whatever" or whatnot. The trend is not to get rid of older form factors, just to introduce new ones. They will supplement each other, not compete with each other.
    CobraA1
    • The new trend is to label everything

      @CobraA1
      either "post" this or "post", makes a good sound bite, but really isn't accurate.

      Look at how everyone threw "Paradigm shift", or "disruptive technology" in every story they wrote, whether it waswarrented or not.
      William Farrel
  • I am now officially moving into the...

    Post-Post era
    happyharry_z
  • RE: Qualcomm CEO: We're moving beyond post-PC era to post-phone era

    This transition only happens when access if ubiquitous.
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    SellTower