Smartphones are increasingly used for activities other than telephoning, notes an industry specialist who announces the arrival of a "post-smartphone" re the day before the opening of the world's largest technology fair in Las Vegas.
Smartphones have been so successful that they have become more of a digital platform than a communication tool in people's lives, according to Shawn DuBravac, chief economist for the Consumer Electronics Association. "I think we are entering a post-smartphone re," DuBravac told reporters before the show opened on Tuesday. He claims that 65% of the time spent on smartphones is spent on activities that are not related to communication, with the use of health, entertainment or other activities. "We have moved away not only from the telephone but also from the communications that were the primary activity of these devices," he said.
With people today having better quality screens, "we are moving towards a demand for high resolution images which will have an impact on the offers of internet services". But the economist also noted that ultra high definition (ultra-HD) television released by some manufacturers was struggling to find their customers because of their very high cost.
Only 1.5 million of these TVs are expected to be sold annually until 2016, he said, saying the technology was not going to take hold quickly.
The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world's largest trade fair for a technology sector that weighs a trillion dollars, is open from Tuesday January 8 to Friday January 11.
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