Posted by: crudbasher | February 9, 2011

Smartphone Shipments Surpass PCs – FT.com / Technology

I”m traveling for the next week but hope to keep up with blogging.

This article reports that for the first time last quarter, more smartphones were shipped than PCs. So this raises a few questions:

  1. Does anyone think this trend will reverse?
  2. Does anyone think phones will do anything but get cheaper and more capable?
  3. Does anyone think fewer numbers of students will have them over time?

If you answered no to all those questions then I have one more for you:

What will you do on the day when every single student in your classroom has a smartphone of some kind?

Smartphones are a big, black cloud in the coming stormfront of disruptive change.

(cc) paul (dex)
  • Smartphones sell more than PCs

    tags: technology cell phone smartphones

    • Manufacturers shipped more smartphones than personal computers in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to research, crowning mobile devices as the computing platform of choice earlier than many industry-watchers had expected.
    • Makers of mobile devices distributed a total of 101m smartphones in the last three months of the year, up 87 per cent from the same period a year earlier, according to International Data Corp, the market researcher.
    • Android passed Apple’s phone software and Nokia-backed Symbian as the most widely adopted program for smartphones at the end of last year, according to research group Canalys.
    • The PC market would be higher if IDC included tablet computers in their figures. Apple alone sold about 15m iPad tablets in 2010 and more than 7m in the fourth quarter, which would have brought the PC category close to level with smartphones.

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Responses

  1. It still baffles me that this technology has become largely ubiquitous and instead of utilizing them in the classroom, we tell students that we better not see them out. What is the deal with that?!

    • Well the argument right now I think is that if everyone doesn’t have one, then it isn’t fair. My point here is what will the teachers do when they all do? In a way I think it’s just a way to delay the inevitable. Still, the future is getting closer.

      Thanks for commenting!!

  2. And Obama today oultined a plan to bring wifi to 98% of Americans:

    http://www.fastcompany.com/1726129/obamas-quest-to-end-wi-fi-disparities

    Although he isn’t clear on what that will mean for those, like my students, who lack high-speed internet access in their homes. Just because the signal is “up there” that doesn’t mean people will be able to afford it–unless the government provides subsidies to schools and/or students.

  3. With all the billions going into schools these days, wouldn’t it be possible to subsidize an internet connections? If we do it via each student getting a smartphone of some kind, that would be the easiest I would think.

    I hate going that route but for a while it might be necessary.

    Thanks for commenting!!


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