Disruptive Docks How the Break in Mobile Technology Will Effect the Market
The Dock Google, Oracle and Motorola have combined their technologies to create the next mobile necessity planning to sweep the market. Motorola Atrix
The Atrix This new dock is a shell; once the Motorola Atrix cellular device is plugged into it, users are then able to expand the capabilities of the mobile phone.
Capabilities The new dock allows users to expand the area used by the Smartphone by adding a full display screen comparable to that of a laptop. Peripherals such as USB, HDMI and mouse are able to plug into the dock as well The dock also has an A/C power adapter which will allow you to charge the phone as well as keep the dock active.
How do organizations plan for this inevitable event If the organization is a step behind, they wait for it to come out, buy it, then reverse engineer it to make a product they want. Or the organization starts making a similar product and try releasing it before Motorola device does.
THE IMPACT Software Companies Attempt to rewrite their current programs and applications to run on the Android Operating System Increase Costs Education Teachers will have to find online educational applications that are compatible with the docking systems Current Applications used for Educational Purposes are only compatible with Windows and Mac
Increase of Cloud computing Software typically restricted to a desktop setting will be available anywhere there is a 3G or wireless connection 3G network traffic will increase rapidly over the next few years, causing congestion in heavily populated areas Impact of Android and other smartphones
Benefits to Corporations Easy, low cost way to gain additional market share through advertising and mobile apps Android has a very low barrier to entry due to the open source nature of the operating system versus the proprietary nature of the iPhone
Winners! Cellular Companies Business will grow dramatically as long as the Smartphone docks catch on like suspected Can offer internet and wireless services in one combined service plan Developers of Mobile Applications Producers of Femtocells (indoor 3G stations that boots signal strength and reception)
Losers! Software Companies Will have to rewrite their applications so they can run on the android operating system
Disadvantages to Corporations Possible need to hire those with expertise in mobile technology Investments in technology beat out by the new trend of cloud computing will fail Cell phone carriers will need to dump even more capital into their networks to ensure stability
Disadvantages If Cell phone is lost or broken, then you would not have a laptop. Minimal storage capacity since all the memory is stored solely on the cell phone Popular programs like Microsoft Office will not be compatible with the new dock Short Battery-Life since laptop dock runs on the charge of the cell phone
Sources http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/opensource/library/os-cloud-android/index.html (Cloud Computing Article) http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/46936 (Business Benefits of Android) http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/11/15/us-telecoms-femtocells-idUSTRE6AE28O20101115 (Article on 3G congestion and the Femtocell market)