HWM (Singapore) - - News - Zachary Chan EDI­TOR

It’s pretty hard to shake off the topic of con­ver­gence and the In­ter­net of Things these days as the tech in­dus­try is very much in flux. On one hand, we’re see­ing more and more cus­tom or niche de­vices be­ing cre­ated. For ex­am­ple, the pop­u­lar­ity of fitness and ac­tiv­ity track­ers have spun off all kinds of ded­i­cated pe­riph­er­als to track ev­ery­thing from your golf swings and ten­nis strokes to bed­room shenani­gans. The wear­ables mar­ket has be­come just about any­thing that a tracker can be at­tached on.

Smart­phones con­tinue to be the cen­ter of this growth, since apps are an es­sen­tial com­po­nent to any other smart de­vice to­day. And al­though a few ma­jor brands dom­i­nate the con­sumer mind­share, ac­cord­ing mar­ket anal­y­sis re­ports such as those from GfK, there were 23,000 dif­fer­ent smart­phone mod­els re­leased in the year 2015 alone.

At the same time, per­sonal com­put­ing has been un­der­go­ing a steady shift to­wards a hav­ing one com­mon de­vice. Smart­phones opened the doors to apps and as they be­come more com­plex, they’ve taken over many tasks that used to be within the do­main of PCs. To­day, heavy-duty tasks such as RAW photo edit­ing and 3D mod­el­ing can be done on a mo­bile de­vice. The cloud has made it such that data can eas­ily be synced across mul­ti­de­vice and multi-plat­form en­vi­ron­ments. Screen sizes of phones have grown, while those of tablets and note­books have shrunk. The in­dus­try now fa­vors hy­brids and con­vert­ibles that suit mul­ti­ple roles, and even soft­ware—from apps to op­er­at­ing sys­tems— have been ho­mog­e­nized be­tween desk­top and mo­bile ver­sions over the years for a con­sis­tent ex­pe­ri­ence and feel.

Per­haps one day, we will discover a myth­i­cal golden ra­tio that bal­ances size, bat­tery life, porta­bil­ity, con­nec­tiv­ity, fea­tures and per­for­mance. A mo­bile avatar will be pro­duced that de­fies cat­e­go­riza­tion and con­nects ev­ery­thing. It will be your one de­vice to rule them all - the smart­phabtop.

Wait, what was I talk­ing about again? In any case, en­joy this is­sue of HWM.

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