2012 Tech Trends: The Year Hardware Died

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series in which senior technology editor Eric Bleeker and Chief Technology Officer Jeremy Phillips discuss topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Eric and Jeremy continue their rundown of tech trends for 2012 by looking at software eating hardware. The key idea is that companies that rely on specialized hardware will continue to be pressured in 2012. One example is the calculator, which can now be easily re-created on a smartphone rather than a specialized piece of hardware. On the more complex side, advanced software technologies like visualization are now much more important than advances in the actual hardware the software controls. For companies relying on specialized hardware, the rise of "good enough" software from smartphones and advanced software on the enterprise front is a threat that will only grow in the coming year.

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  • Report this Comment On December 29, 2011, at 7:02 PM, 1984macman wrote:

    A very well laid out argument. Definitely worth listening to. And it gives strength to the argument that the "walled garden" approach that Apple is taking, versus the "weed garden" approach that Android has taken, is vastly superior. I strongly suspect that this is the reason Google bought Motorola; that is, they intend to create a walled garden of their own.

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