If Bill Gates‘ original vision was that every desk in every home would have a computer, then the next major frontier will be bringing a computer to every person’s pocket.
Smartphone Are Computers
When I advance the idea of bringing a computer to every person’s pocket, I’m talking about smartphones. These are devices that my firm considers computers by all definitions. I know there’s a hot debate amongst many of my analyst colleagues as to whether or not devices like smartphones and tablets should be considered and tracked as computers. However, we believe they should for a range of reasons.
First of all, by definition, tablets and smartphones are computers. According to The Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of a computer is:
“A programmable, usually electronic device that can store, retrieve, and process data.”
Another definition I found in the dictionary says:
“An electronic device for storing and processing data, typically in binary form, according to instructions given to it in a variable program.”
Given the actual definition of a computer, it seems odd that tablets and smartphones wouldn’t be considered computers. Actually, a smartphone is perhaps an even more precise definition of a personal computer in that it is the one digital device that is highly personal and not shared. In fact, one could strongly argue that the smartphone is the ultimate personal computer.
Thinking about the highly personal nature of a smartphone is important because it opens up the discussion around what the future will look like when every person on the planet has a computer in his or her pocket.