With quad-core processors coming to smartphones soon, an old question becomes increasingly pertinent: Will the smartphone replace the PC?
The first serious attempt came in 2011, when Motorola launched the Atrix Lapdock, a shell that allowed its dual-core Atrix smartphone to be used as a laptop. The transformation of the smartphone interface into a laptop interface was based on Motorola's Webtop, a concept that has been under development for several years.
This year, London-based Canonical released its latest version of Ubuntu Linux, a user friendly Operating System that is already used by 20 million people a day. The firm is now turning its efforts on "Ubuntu for Android", an app that will make high-end android phones behave like a PC when docked to a monitor and keyboard.
Canonical expects high-end Android phones to start doubling as PCs by the end of 2012.
Appropriate device availability and the fact that software is increasingly consumed as a service using browsers on thin clients, are leading us to the conclusion that people will soon be able to use their smartphone as their main PC device.
This will have serious implications for both consumer and corporate IT, including the potential for substantial cost savings.