Big Jump in Mobile Device Horsepower

Obviously, this won’t be in our hands in the next few months, but it certainly could be by next year. This represents a significant jump in mobile device capability. You’ve already seen the attempts to optimize user experience through software on devices like the iPhone and the upcoming HTC Touch.  We now have devices that bring a “big screen” experience to users of the small screen on their mobile device.

VIA’s new compact motherboard is expected to have similar performance characteristics to today’s motherboards, and it’s expected to come to the market sometime next year. This is yet another case of better, faster and eventually cheaper. The implications for m-Learning could be huge. With mobile screen sizes increasing and keyboards disappearing, the device gets to be more and more about the user, and less and less about doing one or two specific things (i.e. making phone calls and typing emails). A device in your pocket with tremendous processing power and the ability to customize the device to do anything… the sky is the limit. As an m-Learning designer, I’m going to start thinking bigger rather than thinking about the limitations of mobile devices. More and more, the question I ask myself when designing for mobiles will be “what can’t I do?” rather than “what can I do?”

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