This year has been very interesting for the mobile development world. Smartphones and tablets alike have become the norm and are pushing boundaries. Devices are starting to compete with the iconic iPhone and iPad and the innovations are just starting to take off. The questions to have answered are whether or not tablets will be around for long and if they will take over the Personal Computer market. Tablet designers are coming out with new ideas like they are candy. They are even starting to lower the price to make their devices more appealing.
The iPad has dominated the tablet market for a long time with niche devices like the Kindle Fire appealing to specific consumers. Rather recently both Microsoft and Samsung are shifting in the mobile development world and are looking to make waves. MicrosoftÔÇÖs Surface tablet has yet to be released, but Samsung has Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab out and kicking. Both of these companies are right there next to Apple making the statement that tablets are not just media entertainment devices.
There are articles and statements around proclaiming tablets to be nothing more than a trend or a fad. Others make the statement that they are hitting a downward spiral.
If tablets are a fad, consumers have made their statement that they are here to stay. Tablets have been adopted faster than any other piece of personal electronics in the history of the industry.
Where is it headed?
There are many skeptics that have stated tablets will be nothing more than an entertainment device. There are certainly devices like GoogleÔÇÖs Nexus 7 that fill that role, but even they go above and beyond. Mobile development giants like Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft are pushing for the tablet to reach its true and full potential and it is likely that we wonÔÇÖt see the finale for some time. The iPad has always been pushed as a device to be a companion, not a glorified TV or e-reader. The Galaxy Note is pushing its unique stylus approach to offer additional functionality. The Surface tab from Microsoft comes with a keyboard on the cover as well as iconic ÔÇ£workÔÇØ software like Microsoft Word already installed. All of these devices are taking steps to further the tablet market and innovate.
What about the PC?
Traditional PCÔÇÖs like laptops and notebooks will likely never disappear entirely, but with the inclusion of smartphones and tablets it creates a problem. Consumers now have control over what screen they use to do what. It is not likely that PCÔÇÖs will go away entirely, but chances are that tablets will at least absorb a portion of their use. For many portable computers were great for checking email or getting work done while on the road, but this new push from tablets is starting to make them a more attractive option for this function.
What I Think
This is the Mobile Age and mobile development is just starting to boom. We can expect the next 25 years at least to be full of innovation and wondrous devices. Ideas are becoming more advanced by the month and it is show no signs of slowing down. I love technology and am very excited to see where this all leads, but I also love the fact that there is competition. My Nexus 7 has done nothing but please me and considering the mixed feelings about 7 inch tablets and even its measuring up to the iPad have dissipated for me. I have a use for every device in my possession be it my desktop or my smartphone.
In summary the big competitors in the Mobile Development are shifting their battlefield to include the tablet market. Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung are taking this a step further by pushing for tablets to encompass ÔÇ£workÔÇØ functions as well as entertainment. These devices are pushing the boundary of the norm and are being devoured by consumers. The market for these tablets is fierce and competitive as can be shown in the rumored $200 price tag on the Microsoft Surface RT tablet.