Qualcomm and the smartphone as collaboration platform

Disclosure: Qualcomm is a client of the author.

This week saw Qualcomm’s coming out party for its new Snapdragon 888 platform, and it is impressive. There isn’t anything in it that hasn’t been improved significantly:  performance (both processing and network); photography; sound; image quality; battery life; gaming; AI; and awareness of its surroundings (the Qualcomm Sensing Hub). 

But when I sit back and think about what these premium phones will be capable of next year, I can envision them coming close to the ideal collaboration platform — and be on track to change how we do Zoom meetings. 

Let me explain. 

The problem

Most of us do our videoconferencing with PCs, which means that we rush into our (home) office if we have a desktop PC and wind up with an excellent video shot of the top of our heads. Or if we have a laptop, we have to power it up, find a suitable place to do the call, and then worry about the last time we trimmed our nose hairs. (Some  laptops are worse than others.)

But a meeting can kick off at any time from any place, and we certainly don’t have our desktop PCs with us when we’re out and about. And most people leave their laptops at home, as well. But smartphones, which are with us pretty much all the time, would be ideal for videoconferences, both because their cameras can be more easily located at eye level and they are certainly more convenient. 

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