On Wednesday July 26 Sammobile posted that Samsung reported staggering Q2 profits, “Samsung reported 61 trillion won ($54.7 billion) as revenue for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, up 19.2 percent from the same time last year. The operating profit has surged considerably compared to Q2 2016. Samsung has posted an operating profit of 14.7 trillion won ($12.67 billion), an impressive 72.7 percent improvement compared to the same period last year.”
These reports suggest that at Q2 2017 Samsung has officially become the most profitable tech company in the world.
On top of their record breaking profits, Samsung has also broken another record, and one which is quite significant, Samsung has ended Intel’s 24-year dominance as the world’s largest semiconductor-based chip maker. Samsung’s records are largely credited to its growing success in the smartphone, tablet and wearable devices market, one which Intel has failed to capitalize on. While this is great for Samsung, it further highlights the fact that the personal computer as we know it is slowly becoming obsolete. Almost every home across the developed world has a computer and I’m pretty sure we won’t be tossing them out anytime soon, but their absolute demise seems inevitable.
We are currently living in an age where majority of personal computing has shifted from the personal computer to our pockets, smartphones have taken over and they don’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Mans need for a computer has grown so great that we find it impossible to not have one on our person 24 hours of the day. But will it last? Will the smartphone continue to reign for years to come without being challenged?
Back in September 2013 Dutch designer Dave Hakkens announced what many, including myself thought was the next era in mobile computing, it was called Phonebloks, and the internet went crazy because of this concept. Phonebloks was only a concept, but its aim was to promote the making of a new type of smartphone, one which was modular in nature and could be easily upgraded and not tossed away or replaced when a new smartphone comes out, instead it would be easily repaired and upgraded.
In October of 2013 Google announced yet another modular device called Project Ara. Their plan was to work with Dave Hakkens of Phonebloks to bring the first truly modular device to market. Project Ara was the first truly revolutionary device to have been announced since Steve Jobs wowed everyone with the iPhone back in January 9, 2007. Sadly, however, Google didn’t make good on their promise and after waiting, three long years for Google’s Project Ara to be released, Google surprised everyone in 2016 with news that the project was cancelled.
With Google’s project Ara now dead and hopes of a modular device dwindling away, one can’t help but wonder what’s next after the smartphone, will this mobile computer remain the same for decades to come? Certainly not, since the creating of the personal computer, man has created a personal need for a programmable electronic device. This device first took the form of a PC, and as technology progressed it evolved into what we all know today as the smartphone.
With continued advances in nanotechnology, it is only natural that the dominance of the smartphone as the most used portable electronic device will change. We’ll definitely continue to see more advanced smartphones, but it’s only a matter of time before we see another breakthrough in technology.
What are your thoughts on this topic, do you think the smartphone will continue to be as popular as it is today, or do you think another device will replace it? Let us know in the comments section below.