Does your smartphone limit your great ideas sometimes? Connecting it to your PC is the next step, it seems…
The Las Vegas annual technology trade show is soon to begin (it takes place 9 to 12 January), and word of the most interesting tech novelties is already all over the Internet. The Consumer Electronics Show marked a tradition of half a century last year, and surely the products exposed nowadays don’t resemble those that amazed people back in 1967.
Since we are all about connectivity, out of the various pieces of news related to CES 2018, we chose to focus this time on the Dell PC-smartphone integration software, the richest in feature of its kind so far. Let’s explore the underlying implications a bit.
A possible laptop revival
The purpose of Dell Mobile Connect is out in the open, starting with its denomination. The software allows “Android and iOS users to make calls, send texts, get notifications, and interact with all of their favorite mobile apps straight from their PC screen.” Of course, the main scenario considers people at work, who, while employing this functionality, would reduce unnecessary distractions, without getting disconnected.
This move has in its background the results of specialized studies, showing that traditional devices lose ground when confronted with the almighty portable, connected and multifunctional smartphone. Since our mobiles now are gateways to being in the loop and integrated in various types of virtual communities, when it comes to choosing between them and laptops, for example, we are reluctant to take a break from the phones, to say the least.
The concept behind this software embodies the “why choose, when you can have both?” motto. It’s pretty neat and straightforward, and provided it works well and it’s currently alone in a niche, it should be a hit.
Acknowledging how the contemporaneous workforce looks like
There we have it – a product that acknowledges the modern way of working. We are always on, ever since smartphones gained traction. Ignoring this fact or trying to ban it is nothing more than denial. As with other powerful digital era trends, the sooner we admit the reality of it and integrate it in a productive manner in our mainstream habits, the better.
The Mobile Connect software (or for that matter, other similar concept products) also help users overcome one inconvenient in smartphones, respectively the reduced screen size. This imperfection was previously tackled with phablets, yet, since it makes the devices harder to carry around, conceal or put in a normal sized pocket, this attempt is being pushed back.
Also, smartphones do suffer from an amazing ineptitude when it comes to connectivity – you need dedicated drives & software, depending on the model, and the compatibility remains reduced. The files are in a different format, one cannot perform operations easily with them even through the computer installed dashboards, and the processes involved are mainly frustrating. Although details on the software remain to emerge, it is plausible that the smartphone mirroring function will cover the aspects mentioned above.
A step towards the consumer computer systems of the future
In many technology fields, segmentation is a progress killer. All the bright new viable concepts end up drowning in a pool of compatibility settings, third-party selections and roadblocks. We have to face hardware and software borders everywhere, and ubiquitous connectivity id hindered by a state of facts that still has a long way to go until changing for the better.
In a way, the situation is understandable, since the leading tech producers do compete with each other. It’s simply the way the market works. Yet the changes in dynamic push for even more changes. The direction is a bit weird – meaning that, if in the past some social revolutions were driven by philosophical and others by industrial breakthroughs, nowadays the change inducers are mainly technological. Their implications may not even be fully understood by their makers themselves, as it was the case with other huge inventions humankind prides itself with. Nevertheless, the pressures are big, and one direction for them is to unify hardware and software standards, in order to smooth out the global connectivity’s path.
Therefore, allowing your laptops to connect with both iOS and Android smartphones is a step in the right direction. We shall see its merits and perhaps its limitations as the users provide pertinent feedback – we can only wait for this.