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?

J. Angelo Racoma
J. Angelo Racoma has written extensively about mobile, social media, enterprise apps and startups. Angelo develops business case studies for Microsoft enterprise platforms, and is also co-founder at WorkSmartr, a small outsourcing team that offers digital content and marketing services.
  • Zoose Zeppa

    Likely for Sprint/Tmob users but cloud storage for ATT/VZW users have a cap to deal with. Am a Sprint user and don’t store any music on my phone, it’s all Orb’d from my home computer or other streaming radio. Use dropbox to auto upload my pics when taken. Tend to use about 6-9GB/month, can’t do that on ATT/VZW.

    Sprint and Tmob let you live in the cloud.

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  • Nacos

    While the “cloud” definitely offers certain advantages, I believe that corporations overzealously offering “free” storage space have a hidden agenda they definitely don’t want you, the happy camper, to know or question about. What better way to completely take control over much everything you’re doing/saying/thinking than running your server applications, storing all your “confidential” data, giving you basically the “option” to be either connected or out of the game – just to name  a few of the front-door applications of cloud connection. Do we dare to think what might happen backdoors? Think about it! Do we really need the cloud? The obvious answer is no. Who’s really interested in making you TOTALLY dependent on their services? Too obvious to even mention. Offered in moderation and as an alternative, not ultimatum (like Apple, HTC and others are trying to force it on their customers) for a decent price and under strict privacy control, it would certainly be something to consider. A wise man once said that “the road to hell is always paved with good intentions” – it might be exactly so.

  • Alex

    Read this headline, all I could think of was In Flames.