Follow-Up: Is the Smartphone Becoming the PC Replacement?

Last week, I wrote Is the Smartphone Becoming the PC Replacement? at A new article this week about Samsung’s upcoming flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone seems to make the predictions in my article become true even faster than I had expected. Samsung’s upcoming flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone could give users the ability to plug it into a screen and turn it into a desktop personal computer, according to a media report.


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The All About Windows Phone blog written by Steve Litchfield contains a leaked slide from a presentation showing a Samsung smartphone being connected to a large external screen, along with a full-sized keyboard and mouse. The slide is titled “Samsung Desktop Experience” and shows a phone powering a screen to create a multi-tasking interface, presumably running on Google’s Android mobile operating system.

The article doesn’t provide much information beyond the cartoonish image of a smartphone connected to a large monitor, a full-sized keyboard, and a standard computer mouse. The word “Samsung” is also prominently displayed, along with the words, “Samsung Desktop Experience: Next Mobile Workspace.” The Samsung logo in the lower right corner insinuates that this is a slide produced by Samsung corporate.

You can read more in the All About Windows Phone blog at and in an article by Arjun Kharpal in the CNBC News web site at:


I work on the campus of RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology), and a professor was commenting on how the students seem to use their phones and laptops more than they use the school supplied (and VERY nice) large desktop computers. She then said “Of course, someday, we’ll be able to just plug our phones into the monitor and use the desktop system that way, so we’ll only need a smartphone, not a laptop.”
To which I replied,” We won’t even NEED a desktop monitor and keyboard….they’ll just be virtual ones that get displayed from our smart phone!”
That’s becoming possible with the example of my current phone, the Moto Z Droid, which has a projector attachment (I don’t personally have the projector attachment, but have drooled over that AND the speakers AND the camera attachments, and if I had the money, would buy them in a snap!).
And then what I see being imagined at technology based colleges like RIT, this is MUCH closer in our future than we think!

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Windows Continuum already can control a PC from the higher end Windows Phones. See:

But what I’m really excited about and waiting for is for Microsoft to complete its implementation of full Windows 10 on ARM processors. Then phones with high powered ARM processors will be able to run natively all the x86 programs you now run on Windows. How you’ll get a desktop Windows app to display nicely on a 4 inch screen will be an issue, but hey, this is the way to go! See:


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I might suggest that this has already existed for almost a year now, just not for Windows but rather in the work of Linux. Check out Ubuntu Touch ( for true convergence on that platform. Personally I already use a laptop running Linux for everything I need to go genealogy-wise. For those few things that I don’t have Linux native applications for I can just use Wine to run most of the Windows programs I need. There’s really only one main program I use that I have to run in a Windows virtual machine on Oracle Virtualbox (a free program for do that) which is Family Tree Maker since that just won’t run under Wine. If you run most everything off of the cloud, though, you may be even more independent in being able to use Linux for everything you might need.

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If you were or are using a Windows Phone the capability has also been available for a while. I know that my Windows 10 phone can connect to a monitor via a docking station or wirelessly to a laptop or a wireless adaptor equipped monitor or TV.

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This doesn’t appeal to me personally. I think about things like back-ups, security, and if you lose your phone because your lax in the first two, you’re toast!

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    —> if you lose your phone because your lax in the first two, you’re toast!

    Absolutely not! That should never happen.

    My smartphone and a few million other phones are configured to automatically back up everything to a secure storage section of an online file storage service. Everything gets backed up within seconds if I am within range of a wi-fi neetwork. If I am not within range, the backup occurs when I do return to wi-fi coverage. (There also is an option to back up over a cellular connection but that can get expensive so I did not select that option. I’ll wait.)

    If my phone gets crushed when run over by an 18-wheeler, I can restore everything within minutes when I obtain a replacement phone. In addition, everything is always available to me online with access by my desktop, laptop, and tablet computers. I often read messages on my smartphone but then answer them a few hours later from the desktop computer. All email messages are available securely to me and me alone on all my computers. Millions of other smartphones do the same.

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    Linda, I had the equivalent of a lost phone in late November. My charger/transfer port broke or wore out on my two year old Moto X, so it was functionally dead or lost when it ran out juice because it couldn’t be recharged. For a reasonable fee, Motorola FedEx’d me an immediate “advance replacement” of an identical unit with nothing on it except the Android operating system. I still had the broken phone in my possession but I could not transfer my data from that phone to the new one because the broken charger port is also the data transfer port. Nevertheless, I followed Motorola’s instructions, hit the appropriate virtual button on the replacement phone, entered my google ID and password, and everything was restored from my Google account in the cloud, making the replacement phone in the palm of my hand identical to my original, but now broken, phone.
    -Nate S

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    Dick, you wrote:
    Why have you kept a desktop, laptop & tablet computers if you can do all from a mobile phone? That’s question one. Second, if all can be done (again) from a mobile phone why do you have to wait a few hours to reply to a message from your desktop? Perhaps this is why people don’t reply to e-mails – they read them on their phones and by the time they get to their desktop PC they have forgotten they need to reply!
    I’m getting rather tired of the hype surrounding technology when basic commonsense and courtesy don’t seem to be involved.
    Don’t get me wrong, technology is great when used appropriately – not when driving and not when walking down the street either!

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    —> Why have you kept a desktop, laptop & tablet computers if you can do all from a mobile phone?

    Speed and convenience.

    It’s nice to use a high-speed broadband connection on a computer that has a 27-inch monitor. However, that is not always available when I am in the grocery store or at the dentist’s waiting room or at the ball game. I prefer to use the appropriate tool for the location where I am at the moment.]

    —> Second, if all can be done (again) from a mobile phone why do you have to wait a few hours to reply to a message from your desktop?


    I check email messages and comments posted to this newsletter’s web site frequently during the day and evening, wherever I am. I do that when I am at home, at the grocery store, at the dentist’s office, while refuelling the automobile, wherever I am. Often I am not in a location where it is convenient to type a reply, especially on the small keyboard. If it is a high priority message, I will type the reply. If the message is lower priority, I typically wait until it is more convenient, such as when I am home and seated in my comfortable chair, using a full-sized keyboard on a computer that is connected to the Internet via a high-speed broadband modem.

    If the message says, “Your web site is down” I will reply immediately wherever I am.

    If the message says “You might want to look at this online article…”, I probably will wait until I am in a more convenient location before replying.

    Luckily, I can make that choice with today’s technology. The use of technology can make life simpler and more convenient.

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I’m not a neophyte. But I was responding to the usage by most people these days. Right now, I know of no one who uses a smart phone exclusively. My point was that people right now are lax about back ups just for their desktops, laptops, and pads. So if those same people are using just a smartphone for all their work–documents, genealogy, email, downloads, etc., and are not smart about backing up and their cloud accounts, they are risking loss of everything. I’ve seen it happen numerous times already.

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    I agree that many people are lax about backups. However, almost all smartphones these days can automatically back up everything to the cloud. In the case of the phone I use, all that was already turned on when the phone was set up for the first time. No user thought process was required. I am not sure if all other smartphones have that enabled on setup or not.

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