Can Smart Phones Replace Computers?(II)

WM’s interface is similar to desktop Windows, so the operation of the notebook does not have much sense of violation, and Redfly can also output VGA signal, the phone can play PPT through it. However, Redfly and WM can’t run Win32 programs on the desktop, and the functions are limited.

Windows 10 Mobile Contimuum

The mobile phone-PC integration in the WM era has no successful solution. So what about the new era of mobile Internet? WM is not designed for the desktop platform, but Win10M is different. In particular, Microsoft introduced the Contimuum mode in Win10M. WP phones only need to transfer the Hub via Bluetooth or USB Type C, and can connect devices such as monitors, mice, keyboards, etc., and can use WP phones as PCs.

In Microsoft’s vision, after the software was transferred to UWP development, Win10M plugged in the display, mouse and keyboard peripherals, which can be used as a desktop version of Win10 to a large extent, which sounds really beautiful. But the reality is quite different from Microsoft’s. First of all, not so many software vendors are willing to reinvent the software, using UWP for new development; secondly, UWP is very immature, until Win10M is completely abandoned, there is still flashback, overload, lack of basic functions (such as no color management) and other issues that cannot satisfy the productivity environment. In addition, the quality of Win10M system lags behind that of competitors. Microsoft’s Win10 mobile phone-PC integration project has not been successful.

Palm Foleo

The product was launched in the third quarter of 2007 and is priced at $499, but in September, it was announced that the product was delisted. According to the criticism of Palm Foleo, this product is not more portable than ordinary laptops, there is not enough application ecology, and even video can’t be played well. If it is only used to access the Internet and process mail, the mobile phone itself can be competent. Why buy such a two-in-one product? Obviously, the biggest problem with Palm Foleo is that although it has the form of a laptop, it can’t do the same thing as a PC. This is the biggest dilemma facing most mobile PCs.

The main reason is that mobile phones and PCs are very different in how they are used. A software needs to adapt two different types of hardware at the same time, which brings great challenges to development. Mobile phones and PC two-in-one devices also need to overcome peripheral connectivity and performance issues. In terms of performance, ARM processors are still not enough to run large productivity tools, but these can be improved over time.

Can mobile phones really replace PC? At least from the current situation, there are not many powerful manufacturers to use this topic as the main strategy of the future. Whether it is Samsung Dex or Microsoft Win10, the two-in-one system is still in a groping and immature stage. Before filling the interface, applying the ecology and other gullies, I am afraid that it is still unrealistic to replace the PC with a mobile phone. I look forward to a more complete solution in the future.

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