Post-smartphone era coming, CES told

LAS VEGAS – The era of the smartphone is rapidly becoming a post-smartphone era, a key tech industry analyst said Sunday ahead of the opening of the world’s biggest technology show.

Shawn DuBravac, chief economist at the Consumer Electronics Association, told a gathering that the smartphone has become so successful it has become a hub for people’s digital lives, and less of a communications device.

“I think we are entering a post-smartphone era,” he told journalists ahead of Tuesday’s opening of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

He said 65 percent of time spent on smartphones now is “non-communication activities” such as apps for health, entertainment or other activities.

“We have moved away not only from telephony but from communications being the primary part of these devices,” he said.

“So it is not just a communications devices, it is a hardware hub around which people build services… the smartphone is becoming the viewfinder for your digital life.”

DuBravac said this is among the key trends being watched as tens of thousands gather to show off the latest wares in global trillion-dollar technology sector.

Another trend is the high-density screens which are being developed for smartphones, tablets, computers and bigger devices such as televisions.

“This has implications for the Web generally,” he said.

Because people have higher-quality screens, “We are going to demand high resolution images, and that will have an impact on a variety of Internet services.

“We see it happening at the smartphone level. But this is a shift that is happening across all screens.”

Still, DuBravac said the so-called ultra-HD televisions touted by some makers has been slow to catch on because of high costs.

Only around 1.5 million of these TVs are expected to be sold annually by 2016, he said.

“We are not expecting this to be a technology that ramps very quickly,” he noted.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NRLFHB4ZOMCNGDUJ2ZINRV7DAQ Juan

    I will not be surprise we will end up with a simple laptop, and go back to the simple phone. Smartphone had so many desirable features but most of it’s user only use it very minimaly. mostly low quality games that can be run in a 486 processor.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PDO2SAYSOMQBPWXHZN4SXP3F6Y John D

       I beg to disagree.  I may agree on a software plateau though where hardware speed has no more effect.

  • Internecine2012

    Whatever they call it, with all those apps, if they use for calling and texting, it’s still a PHONE.

  • gilbs72

    I agree with the article.  We should stop calling them “phones”. The phone is just a minor app now.  People do more social networking, photography, music, videos, gaming, etc. than calling or texting.  Btw this multiplication of uses adds to eyestrain so we need larger screens but on thinner devices so they can still fit the pocket.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    what a stupid article… post smartphone? wala naman replacement so paano naging post? nag iiba lang ng gamit hindi ibig sabihin post smartphone mga tanga!

    • im_earth

      ang nagsabing POST-SMARTPHONE ay english articulate, at taga CES.

      POST means after. so the title clearly says AFTER SMARTPHONE ERA is COMING.
      in tagalog, (kaw nlng magtranslate)

      di naman ibig sabhin may replacement na.

      ang POST SMARTPHONE ERA nakasulat sa article is ung enhancement ng technologies like high density screens…

      “Another trend is the high-density screens which are being developed for
      smartphones, tablets, computers and bigger devices such as televisions.

      kasi tapos na tayo sa smart-phone level. for example ang pinaka unang iPhone is a smartphone level na.

      tapos pinaenhance pa nila ang mga hardware and the likes <- ang tawag dito post smartphone era sana. sa screens pa lang masyado nangyayari ang post-smartphone .
      “We see it happening at the smartphone level. But this is a shift that is happening across all screens.”

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

        sinabi lang ng CES niwala ka na agad….. stupid play of english languange

        post war era – ibig sabihin wala na war
        post paid – tapos ka na mag bayad
        post smartphone – ano wala ka ng phone? hindi mo na ginagamit ang phone? 

        daming uto uto sa mundo

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WV2PBOELQ7ND7E3Y6JBG5TKKMU Paul

        ang post paid, hindi ibig sabihin tapos ka na mag bayad.  Prepaid yun, bayad muna bago gamit.  Ang post paid, tapos mo na gamitin, then bayad.

        stupid play of English language?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

        ungas ang post paid… nakatawag ka na tapos mo na gamitin bago ka mag bayad.. bobo mo naman…

        nag pa line ka na ba? diba nakakatawag ka na tapos ang bayad mo pagkatapos… 

        kaya nga post paid…. post war… post smartphone era daw… so tapos na smart phone era?? 

      • im_earth

        inulit mo lang sinabi ni paul hahaha.kain ka muna.

        ibig sabihin parating palang ang era ng pagkatapos ng smartphone.

        at di pa tapos ang smartphone era. ung level ng smartphone. kahit nun Sony Erics P910i na may stylus ay smartphone na ang tawag nun.

        stupid play of tagalog translation and technologies.

        taasan muna ang vocabularyo at hindi hanggang dictionary lang.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night


        ano ginagamit natin ngayon na hindi smartphone na me pang tawag????? WALA… 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WV2PBOELQ7ND7E3Y6JBG5TKKMU Paul

        Saan mo ba nabasa na tapos na ang smartphone era?  
        Post-smartphone era coming
        Magisip-isip ka nga.  Ungas? Bobo?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

        basahin mo nga post smartphone era is coming….

        kung me post asaan ang next stage? gamitin mo hutak mo

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WV2PBOELQ7ND7E3Y6JBG5TKKMU Paul

        confirmed, low IQ.  Ayos lang yan, di naman talaga lahat nabibiyayaan ng disenteng IQ e.  Kaya lang wag sana itago sa name calling, lalong umaangat ang kababaan ng IQ.  Bawi ka nalang pag night na. m/ 

      • im_earth

         oo nga low IQ.. sinabi lang ng POST SMARTPHONE ERA is COMING naghahanap agad ng REPLACEMENT ng SMARTPHONE lol.

        its not his night this day. :D

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

        uto uto ka kasi paul… niwala ka agad sa sinabi ng taga CES na post smartphone era is coming….. post smartphone talaga? pag dumating na ang communication system na naka implant sa tenga ko baka maniwala pako sa mga marketing uto uto na ganyan

      • im_earth

        post smartphone era is coming!!!! hahahah
        parating palang!

        halimbawa, pager ay obsolete na, ang plain cellphone na talk and text lang ay meron upgrade na smartphone, na ang smartphone meron stylus pen, then meron na touch screen phone
        baka ang kasunod ay ewan…..

        “Post-smartphone era coming, says expert”
        – sabi pa lang ng expert e. bakit ba ako maniniwala sayo , expert ka ba?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

        so hindi pa “parating” kuha mo…. wala pa nga kapalit eh

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WV2PBOELQ7ND7E3Y6JBG5TKKMU Paul

        Ungas? Bobo?  basahin mo nga mga post mo

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