What to expect in 2014? Eric Schmidt fills us in

Google's executive chairman says that mobile has officially won the battle with traditional computing and will only strengthen its dominance in 2014.

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt sees mobile not just winning the war against computers -- it's already won it.

Speaking to Bloomberg TV in an interview published on Sunday, Schmidt provided predictions for 2014, saying that he believes "everyone will have a smartphone," which should allow for richer applications next year. And for the most part, Schmidt argues, mobile is where it's at.

"The trend has been mobile was winning; it's now won," Schmidt said. "There are now tablets and phones being sold than personal computers. People are moving to this new architecture very fast."

That mobile has won might be taking the rhetoric a step too far, but Schmidt makes a point. Recent data has shown that mobile devices are in fact outselling PCs and desktops, and no research firm is ready to say that'll change anytime soon. Whether mobile has won, however, remains to be seen.

For Google, the mobile buildup over personal computers is potentially both good and bad. Google's Android platform is tops around the world, and the company is seeing its presence grow in that space each day. However, Google is also trying to eat PC makers' lunch with Chromebooks. If mobile has already won, it would be interesting to see what Schmidt thinks about the place of Chromebooks in the marketplace.

Aside from that, Schmidt touched on a few other high-impact areas, including Big Data, and how he believes more companies will compile and analyze the boatloads of information coming into their servers each day. Schmidt isn't sure, however, how personal genetics mapping might turn out.

One other note: Schmidt admitted that his biggest mistake as chief executive was to not adapt to the "social network phenomena."

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Don Reisinger is a technology columnist who has covered everything from HDTVs to computers to Flowbee Haircut Systems. Besides his work with CNET, Don's work has been featured in a variety of other publications including PC World and a host of Ziff-Davis publications.

 

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