The Post-Mobile Era

A version of this essay was originally published at Tech.pinions, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry. It is time to start looking beyond smartphone hardware. We are observing signs that the smartphone market is mature. More than two billion people have a smartphone, and the market is moving to “replacement cycle innovation” rather than “adoption cycle innovation.” In adoption cycle innovation, we see a heavier emphasis on features designed to attract consumers for a first time purchase. Now that smartphones are in a replacement cycle for the most developed parts of the world, we will see more feature evolution than a burst of brand-new things. In this regard, the smartphone hardware landscape will start to feel similar to the PC hardware landscape. In…


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