Mobile World: Google CEO says the phone is the new PC
February 15th, 2011

The mobile phone is the new PC, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said at Mobile World Congress.

Schmidt gave a keynote speech today at the Mobile World conference in Barcelona, which is chock full of Android device makers, wireless carriers selling scads of the phones and developers building apps for Android.

Google’s mobile operating platform Android is now seeing 300,000 activations a day, Schmidt said. More than 100 phones and tablets models are now available running Android OS. The operating system competes with Apple’s iPhone and iPad (and their iOS) and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.

“Smartphones surpassed PC sales last week. By the way, PCs are not catching up. Smartphones are the future of games, productivity, apps, everything we think about,” he said. “…You have the phone, the new PC, if you will.”

He said phone has fulfilled Bill Gates’ prophecy that eventually people would have access to all of the world’s information at their fingertips.

read the full account of this report by Sharon Chan in the Seattle Times

Read what Google CEO Eric Schmidt exactly had to say in his Mobile World keynote in this Live script by: Andrew Munchbach Feb 15th, 2011

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1 - interested student observer

Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt may indeed be correct in saying that PC sales will now never reclaim the number 1 spot from Smartphones, and they are definitely the “future of games, productivity, apps, everything we think about”.

But this is not to be said without considering the niche (and some not so niche) markets and cultures that were born of computers. The video and computer game industry relies on the latest, most powerful processors and technology for its most committed gamers and designer/producers to remain at the forefront of this billion-dollar industry, and most importantly, the use of screens bigger than a human hand.

I also think that business, big and small, will continue to rely on PC rather than mobile technology. With the use of Smartphones merely complementing and furthering the success of business, desktop computers will still be required for many years to come in the workforce.
A possible vision of the future of PC’s could be the end of the sale of complete units, and the introduction of simple upgrades such as new processors, hard drives, graphics cards, disk drives etc., all of which would be easy to install for everyday consumers, along the lines of a ‘plug ‘n’ play’ approach.

Smartphones are definitely the way of the future, and there is no current technology that will replace their position at the top. However the PC will remain a significant part of modern technology, both for personal and business use, for many years to come.

2 - Kristina

I find it so interesting and yet slightly sad that our world has become so screen oriented. It is amazing that everyday there are intelligent people that can write new programs and edit others already existing, however i feel as though our world is becoming more and more reliant on modern technologies. when was the last time you went out with friends or family and didn’t check your phone once whilst you were at the dinner table? im sure a majority of people are so obsessed with their phones that they continue to message and facebook/twitter their friends regardless of where they are. i’d like to think that people could put their phones down for a few hours in the day to appreciate other things in life.

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