Daily Mobile Minute #58: Is it time to stop calling them smartphones?

Face it, these things we carry around aren’t really phones anymore. Are we limiting our view by still calling them something they aren’t? I think so.

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Rob Woodbridge

I'm Rob, the founder of UNTETHER.tv and I've spent 14 years immersed in the mobile and pervasive computing world. During this great time I've helped some of the most innovative companies grow their business through mobile. If you are in need of a mobile business advisor or coach, connect with me here to get things rolling.

  • Flip

    I’d like to see us move away from the moniker ‘smartphone’. The idea that we are buying phones is evidently obsolete by the fact that we no longer buy minute bundles and text packages… we buy data plans. We began with the desire to extend communication between individuals. But nowadays we communicate more with machines, either through applications, websites, even chat bots that respond to our text messages with nonsensical, artificially intelligent comments. The device that we hold in our hands now is literally a remote control to the world. Their capabilities are only limited to the physical amount of gadgets bundle inside an acceptably portable case. More and more household items are manufactured internet-ready or BlueTooth compatible. IR, biometrics, holographics… all combined with the open source ability to personalize and optimize makes the possibilities infinite. You can manage your money, social life, work life, and entertainment all in one hand. Literally pilot your life in your palm… Hey, there’s a thought… a PalmPilot.

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