Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Jan 2011 23:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless You may not have noticed it, but in the past six months, we've been experiencing a true massacre. Not one written in blood, but one written in microchips and touchscreen displays. The scene of the crime? The United States. The perpetrator? Google's Android. The victims? Everybody else.
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This is more complex than it seams.
by oiaohm on Tue 4th Jan 2011 01:25 UTC
oiaohm
Member since:
2009-05-30

Currently we are still seeing phones that are just phones.

Android devices have already been modified to prove the can run equal to a thin terminal desktop. This was done with the Nexus One(Not that powerful really).

Basically the day you can dock your phone on your desk and it has Screen, keyboard and mouse connected and you are just able to surf the internet. Is the day the big change to market is here. Also as soon as you pick up phone from dock everything you were working on could have been saved in the phone until the next time you dock.

USB 3 is more than fast enough. The muli-core arm chips will also be more than fast enough to pull this off as well. Its not liking doing work for most people requires 3d graphics.

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paolo Member since:
2010-06-03

Agreed, although I don't see why this can't be done already. Modern smartphones are running 1GHz processors and hundreds of MB of RAM, that's more than enough to browse the internet, they have video out capabilities and I'm sure adding a USB hub chip to support keyboard/mouse wouldn't be all that hard.

My ideal computing scenario is Minority Report style where I can literally swipe an app from the desktop screen to the mobile tablet/phone seamlessly and data flows between them all without fuss.

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dragos.pop Member since:
2010-01-08


Basically the day you can dock your phone on your desk and it has Screen, keyboard and mouse connected and you are just able to surf the internet. Is the day the big change to market is here. Also as soon as you pick up phone from dock everything you were working on could have been saved in the phone until the next time you dock.


Hey, this is kind of possible today. I have a Galaxy S It has:
Bluetooth mouse and keyboard support (did not test it)
HDMI output, today's standard (ok, my screen does not have it)

Of course, right now, it is not very appealing because:
- It's a hacked solution (not a dock but you need to connect the mouse and keyboard and the screen manually)
- The OS UI does not morph to support this
- The apps UI do not support this (they will in Android 3.0)
- ~500 MB of memory is not enough
- 1 GHz is at the limit but the dual core will be ok (similar to atom CPU).
- No USB OTG on Android (but Nokia has this ;) )

I AM expecting a surprise here because I believe that bluetooth mouse support was introduced in Froyo for a reason, and I hope the first step in this direction will be made by Android 3.0 tablets - they have the resolution and the app layout they need.
If that works ok, who knows, an android phone with an interface that could adapt when docked ;)
Also Nokia with MeGoo could easily go in that direction.
If this will happen it WILL BE the killer feature against IPhone, that will have a harder time finding a way to morph the interface (Google and Nokia have the advantage of not relaying so much on multi-touch, and not being so puretist on the UI)

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