Smartphones will no longer be called Smartphones because every one will become smart enough.
For the last few years, Smartphones have generally been targeted towards the consumer who not only wants to spend more but also is a bit on the tech savvy side. Apple certainly managed to change the tech-savvy requirement with its iPhone being used by everyone from the geek to the grandma. However, the price of the iPhone is still pretty high for it to become as popular as, say the Motorola RAZR.
This is where Android seems to be stepping in. Take LG Optimus that we recently reviewed- it runs Android and costs less than 950 Dirhams. Also the Xperia Mini that we have received targets the non-techie user with its small size and easy to use interface. In fact,the Xperia mini doesn’t include a soft qwerty keyboard- even in landscape mode which is one of the traditional features of a Smartphone. Instead, it relies on the 9 key input using the ABC multi-tap of the T9 method of input which is found on almost all non-Smartphones. Other than Android, I can even see the Symbian scaling down to ultra-cheap phones as Nokia moves to MeeGo for its higher-end handsets.
I’m not saying that high-end Smartphones will go away- on the contrary, we will see many people jumping ships to what is known as a Smartphone today. However, with the functionality of these Smartphones trickling down to common phones and prices dropping to sub 500 or even sub 300 Dirhams, its only a matter of time before all mobile phones become Smart.