That’s the question I had after reading a UMPC Portal post making a last call for MIDs in 2008. Last call? When was the first call answered? There were plenty of Mobile Internet Devices shown off at the recent Intel Developers Forum, but we’re hearing far more about netbooks than MIDs even though the MID concept was born before the netbook idea.
- The lines are blurring between feature-phones and smartphones. Consumers are getting some of the MID functions from these devices already and clearly, they’re already carrying their phone just about everywhere.
- Netbooks have the focus right now and although they’re larger and not pocketable, they are very portable and have the capabilities to access the internet while mobile.
- There are way too many possible MID interfaces and no emerging standard in terms of software just yet. That’s coming through the Moblin project but the market is passing by.