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Maverick* Research: The Demotion of the Smartphone

Published: 07 October 2016

ID: G00315814

Analyst(s): Anthony Mullen , Ranjit Atwal


In an AI-rich device world, we will rarely touch our smartphones as smart devices engage constantly with smart ecosystems. Strategic planners must prepare for changes in smartphone usage. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree Gartner's official positions.)

Table Of Contents


  • *Maverick Research
  • From Smartphone Generalism to Smart Ecosystem Specialism
    • We Are Reaching the Limits of the Smartphone as a Generalist Device
  • Smartphones Can't Avoid Demotion
    • Specialization Is an Evolutionary Force
    • Smartphones Will No Longer Be the Centerpiece of the Smart Device Ecosystem
    • Artificial Intelligence Distributes Cognitive Load Away From Users
  • Tracking the Demotion of the Smartphone
    • Activity Stream 1 — Rapid Modularization of the Smartphone Ecosystem
    • Activity Stream 2 — Development of a Specialist Role for Smartphones at the Edge
  • Conclusion

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