There’s been a noted trend in adults today where they will prioritise their mobile phones and similar devices when using the internet. . A recent assessment by Microsoft shows that, despite constant advances in PC technology, sales for desktops has slumped in recent years. Income from PC sales has reportedly fallen by $0.88bn in the last year, with shares shrinking by 4%. Coupled with a survey from OFCOM confirming that the majority of adults would miss their mobile phones over any other device in their home, and it seems as though we may be moving towards a future where mobile phones, and not desktops or TVs, will become our primary piece of personal technology.
We at GreenSquid have long held the idea that mobile phones would be the device of the future, and have always advised clients to design around this prediction. So naturally we were rather smug when, years later, developers started working on programmes that were strictly for mobile phone usage.
The simple matter is, mobile phones are convenient to use. A desktop is tied to a physical space and is completely immobile, but your phone is always there in your pocket and nearly always on. This makes it ideal for situations like buying tickets for a theatre on the go, using your phone as a boarding pass for the plane, hiring a taxi late at night, or double-checking e-mails while away from your desk. Thus, in an age where we’re constantly out and about yet increasingly dependent on digital communications, smart phones are not just a luxury. They’re a necessity.
Of course we do not foresee a future without desktops either, or at least just not yet. While useful, smart phones and tablets simply don’t have the power that desktops do, which makes them very poor at certain tasks. Computer games are probably one of the most obvious examples, but also things such as website programming, video editing, graphic design, and mass-information storage. These sorts of tasks and industries require horsepower than only a PC can provide. So while the everyday person may be able to adopt a tablet-only lifestyle, many will still prefer to use desktops alongside them.
We’re still waiting for Matrix-style plug-in-and-go computers more than anything else. Having a PC directly installed into the brain would so handy…