Smartphones will not just be executive toys, but an integral part of people’s lives," Clifford added.
Clifford’s vision is a smartphone in every pocket, and he went on to point out that workers entering employment now had grown up with the internet.
Forsyth went on "phones are beginning to eat into the space of the kind of things that laptops were for…It will be a great relief to be liberated from the laptop," he added, stating laptop battery performance as a key reason.
Sony Ericsson chief technology officer Mats Lindoff agreed, saying that the world is moving from a computer on everyone’s desk to a computer in everyone’s pocket.
"A phone today is like a laptop was six or seven years ago, but its battery lasts for two days not two hours," Lindoff said. He acknowledged that, while Moore’s Law would bring greater processing power for handheld devices, battery power wouldn’t keep pace, leading to a greater need to save power in handsets.
Two new Symbian-based handsets were unveiled at the show; the LG Joy and the Samsung SGH-i520. Both support 3G networks with HSDPA ‘mobile broadband’ extensions for fast internet access, and both also run Symbian OS 9.2 with Nokia’s Series 60 user interface on a 320×240 display.
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