Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st May 2013 09:29 UTC, submitted by matthew-sheffield
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless CEO of Blackberry Thorsten Heins said yesterday that he doesn't believe the tablet computer market is long for this world. "In five years I don't think there'll be a reason to have a tablet anymore," he tells Bloomberg News, "Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model." If the dream of one device wirelessly interacting with all sorts of displays and peripherals comes to fruition, he may actually have a point.
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by M.Onty on Wed 1st May 2013 10:57 UTC
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If the dream of one device wirelessly interacting with all sorts of displays and peripherals comes to fruition, he may actually have a point.


Exactly. How many people who own a tablet don't own a smart phone? The innards are practically identical, so why not use the phone to wirelessly control the tablet? No point in stopping there either. Wireless control of your TV also makes a lot of sense. Got a laptop, but don't use CAD, play high-end gaming or compile kernels? Then just buy an empty screen, keyboard, trackpoint, battery & speakers in a laptop case & control it from your phone.

It won't happen for years because phone OS' are currently concentrating on, y'know, doing what people actually want them to do.* But eventually smartphones will have the excess of power that PCs have had for the past five years, & someone will start being inventive.

The Ubuntu phone is a tiny glimpse at this future, even if its not actually a success on its own terms. Not sure Blackberry is though ...

* The old "they would have asked for a faster horse" Henry Ford quote comes to mind.

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