A high-level Google executive revealed that in the next few years, smartphones will replace PCs as the primary vehicle for information and entertainment.
John Herlihy, head of Google’s operations in Europe, recently told a conference, “In three years time, desktops will be irrelevant.” He added that the trend has already happened in Japan, and will continue to spread around the world.
Google has focused much of its attention on mobile devices in the last year or so; it released the Android operating system for smartphones, and even a model under its own name, the Google Nexus One.
Last month, Google CEO Eric Schmidt revealed that his company’s new motto is “Mobile First”, so that its developers are now creating versions of new services for smartphones before creating ones to run on PCs.
Phones Becoming More PC-like
If phones are going to replace PCs, they are going to have to adopt some of their attributes. This has actually been going on for some time.
A recent J.D. Power survey found that a little more than half of all smartphones have touchscreens.
In addition, about 140 million phones shipped in 2009 included Wi-Fi. Market-research company ABI predicts that by 2014, that number will jump to 500 million, and 90% of all smartphones will have Wi-Fi.