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Old 09-18-2010, 06:43 PM   #1
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Join Date: Sep 2010
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A question on convergence...

This is a question for the Android devs (hence it is here) although it is not Android specific. When I was a kid there was TV, movie, telephone, record player, radio etc. Then a curious thing happened...and now my telephone can also play movies, browse the web, play music, play games (to an extent) and listen to radio. At the same time, my computer can make phone calls, send faxes, do movies, TV, etc. My TV (well *my* TV but I have been working on a Video/TV/Web/Games on demand system for years; my wife is disabled so making everything available via a remote is a solution for us and a damned fun project for a tinkerer like me. We can watch literally any episode of any show (that we like) any time of the day, any movie in our collection, etc. Think of those pay-per-view things in the hotels and multiply it by several thousand times the content). Now the tablet computing comes along. iPad first but Android is not at all far behind; there is a multitude of companies readying products of this type that also blend the web, social networking, book reading, video watching and 3G enabled ones will be making phone calls, either VOIP or thru traditional means depending on hardware. I mean my "book" (Nook) can browse the web, play music, etc.

All of that is to ask this: Where do you see this going? Is everything going to continue to do more and more of everything else? If so, where is there room for specialization? For example McDonalds holds a lot of the public in its palm even though it tries to do everything, even if the end product is mediocre....when some place like In and Out (West Coast chain) only has like three things on the menu (burgers, fries, drinks), they are out of this world good. So have single-purpose devices seen there day (and gone)? Put another way, when everything does everything else (and hence, all the same things) what will be the point as a consumer of buying one thing over another?

The person who figures this out will win.
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