Will Samsung’s Galaxy S8 finally crack the smartphone-to-desktop convergence idea?

One of the most interesting technology ‘innovations’ that has not yet succeeded (despite several attempts by reputable companies) is the convergence of the smartphone and desktop.

This week, Samsung revealed its latest flagship smartphone threatening to dethrone Apple’s iPhone 7. With fantastic ID, new screen technology and its Bixby AI assistant (the most interesting feature imo), they are in a good position to do this. On paper it looks great but I’m looking forward to seeing the product reviews before making a decision — one big unknown is how its conservative 3000mAh battery will translate to battery life (especially with the power-hungry processor, modem, and screen).

Back to the mobile-desktop convergence … many vendors have tried to do it over the last few years:

  • Motorola ATRIX’s Webtop feature (2011)
  • Ubuntu’s mobile-to-desktop feature (Meizu Pro 5 was the first smartphone to integrate this in 2016)
  • Microsoft’s Continuum feature for Windows Phone 10 (2016)

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