Most appreciated smartphones will soon become a feature of near-past, according to a tech industry analyst. Most probably, phone-cum-tablets known as phablets, will take the place of the smartphones.
“I think we are entering a post-smartphone era,” Shawn DuBravac, chief economist at the Consumer Electronics Association, told journalists ahead of Tuesday’s opening of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Nearly 65% of the time spent on smartphones is in “non communication activities” such as the use of apps for different purposes, he said.
“We have moved away not only from telephony but from communications being the primary part of these devices,” he said.
“So it is not just a communications devices, it is a hardware hub around which people build services… the smartphone is becoming the viewfinder for your digital life.”
According to analysts at Barclays, market for phablets would increase four times in value to $135 billion in three years and the shipment for devices that are 5 inches or bigger in screen size would increase nine-fold to 228 million during the next three years.
Not only mobile technology is in trend but another trend of high-density screens for smartphones, tablets, computers and other devices such as televisions.
“This has implications for the Web generally,” he said.
Because people have higher-quality screens, “We are going to demand high resolution images, and that will have an impact on a variety of Internet services.
“We see it happening at the smartphone level. But this is a shift that is happening across all screens.”