Smartphones are on the rise. But it's not just the devices themselves that are becoming more and more popular. The services that act as conduits of information — mobile broadband and cloud services — are also becoming more and more ubiquitous.
In fact, Qualcomm says that nine out of 10 smarpthones will be connected to the cloud by 2013. These figures constitute personal cloud services, meaning you are likely to have photos, files and other digital media stored in the cloud. You're also likely to be running apps and processes through remote servers and devices, and not just locally.
Qualcomm even says that by 2014, smartphones will be the primary means of connecting with the cloud — surpassing personal computers. Now this goes beyond storing photos online and accessing all your work remotely. Rob Chandhok, Qualcomm Innovation Center president, told Pocket Lint that the idea is to use the smartphone as the primary portal for interacting with one's digital life, which can extend to the home, workplace and everything in between.
“The phone becomes a key control point,” Chandhok said. He predicts that everything will be “based on proximity.” As such, your smartphone should be able to know if you're already home, and it can interact with other connected devices in the environment.
“We want devices to react to what’s going on around you, to learn more about you, and then use it to improve your life,” Chandhok added.
This may sound creepy, but we're already using a similar concept when we check in using FourSquare, post a Facebook update with geo-location tags, or use other location-aware services. But in the future, Qualcomm says that the phone itself will be the central point from which we control everything else. It will go beyond simply checking in, or receiving location-targeted advertising on our mobile phones.
Is the future looking bright for smartphone aficionados like us? Or are we becoming too connected that we are becoming over-dependent on our devices?