The discussion of operating systems and technology.
So I wasn't exactly sure where to place this thread. I figured something geared toward the future since this is what this is getting at. Mods feel free to place this in a more fitting place.
So with the Samsung Galaxy S III being announced today I can't help but notice the awful load of overkill they put in this device.
This admittedly is mostly just a preference, but I believe the majority of the population will agree with me.
The screen size. Its much to big. Do companies see bigger screen = as more success? As technology gets better, yes we have more power to give to the screen size, but do we want it?
I say no. Admittedly again, I would like the iPhone to be slightly bigger, but no where near 4.8 inches.
720p Screen. Okay... I can see the use for this, especially with the resolutions of blu rays.
But the evolution of going beyond 720p should never happen. 1080p is completely useless at this time. No one would even be able to spot the difference between the two on such a small screen. Especially at the viewing distance at which you would hold your phone to watch a movie.
Quad Core CPU. I can't even fathom the reason why they put this much power in such a device. It really has no place in it. Mobile phones barley even have a reason to advance to dual core.
I once read that an app is unable to be run on dual cores. It can only draw all of the power from one. It has something to do with the way apps are made, more specifically the language in which they are made.. I can't confirm this (hopefully someone can).
Even still if they can, do any of the apps really need it? How much power can a phone even garner? A game like NOVA 3 and Infinity Blade II, okay using Dual Core. Photo and Video editing, again Dual Core would be sufficient.
No phones can even use true multitasking at this time. Although, I don't have a doubt in my mind that phones today could handle small true multitasking, but thats up to the companies to implement it. It begs the question "Will we ever get true multitasking?". My believe is no (in the near future), now of course this is just my opinion. But I don't see a reason why a company would profit from something like this. I don't believe it would draw enough attention of the general public to make someone switch.
Also I haven't seen enough evidence of them trying to make mobile OS's heading towards something of a computer OS. As evident with that phone that has windows 7 on it (slow, has tons of bugs, and its a flippin brick!) its definitely possible, so why aren't they headed in that direction?
Well thats part of this discussion, which I'll get in a second.
The only company I could see so far implementing a Quad Core CPU would in fact be Apple. But it would be for gaming. Apple has made some huge strides in gaming with the power lying somewhere between a DS and a PSP (just a guess). If they decided to take it that way (like creating a controller), they very well could compete with the 3DS and Vita. Even then it still probably wouldn't be needed.
"We'll they are just preparing for the future"
Well putting aside the fact that Android phones hardly see one major software update, let alone two.
Technology has leaped the need of the mobile OS at least 2 or 3 times. If companies had put forth the effort we could still be using single core CPU's that could run just as good as current dual and soon to be Quad.
But I guess better to optimize the OS for it sooner than later?
So I guess my questions comes down to "Are smartphone operating systems heading in a direction where we need this kind of technology?" At least for the next 5 years. I know eventually down the road we will need this technology.
"We obviously have the technology to advance the OS further than most have taken it, so why don't we?"
I would love to hear you think why or why not on both.