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Why Tablets Would Tank Without The Cloud

Why Tablets Would Tank Without The Cloud

If the late 1800s were notable for the telegram, and the 20th century is best known for the advent of the telephone, the early 2010s will go down in history as the epoch in which the tablet emerged as technological star. This is not to say that tablets immediately endeared themselves to techies; the first models of the device repelled many with their clunky structure and dearth of high-quality applications. Tablets’ tech quality grew over time, however, and cloud computing has factored in as crucial to their functionality and following popularity.

What precisely did cloud computing contribute to the construction of tablet technology that proved so revolutionary? Facilitation of services: without doubt, it was cloud’s propensity to ease and simplify how tablets handled applications and data that served as the “X Factor” in the device’s success with consumers of every stripe. By themselves, most tablets lack the heft and power required to both store and process a bounty of applications with enough speed and precision to warrant a hefty cost of purchase and monthly service charges. Enter the cloud, whose claim to fame has been scalability and efficiency, to remedy tablets’ erstwhile data deficiency.

The cloud has also (surprise!) provided a security structure for tablet technology. As data stored on the cloud can be accessed from any location, tablet users no longer have to dread losing their device with as much disappointment as before; all of their data remains unencumbered and immediately available for access. This benefit for consumers ultimately transfers back to the tablet businesses themselves, who economize enormously on storage and management costs as a result. And, naturally, those who work to run those businesses can use work-simplifying applications on their tablets via the cloud, for an additional jolt of output and potential creativity.

Goodbye, PCs. Desktop setups, hasta la vista. Seriously: we could one day bid a permanent adieu to the traditional personal computers, already on their last legs, due to the power of tablets and cloud computing to provide desktop-like access to applications with omnipresent mobility.

India, second only to China in population yet lagging behind the States in telecommunication, nevertheless manages to remain technologically relevant via cloud-powered mobile technology. Such a fact has sent tech powers-that-be, such as Google and Amazon, racing to dominate the cloud mobile app landscape.

As such juggernauts joust for first place, let’s discuss: what more could cloud do to improve our usage of mobile devices?

By Jeff Norman

About Jeff Norman

Jeff Norman is a freelance writer currently based in New York City. He's moved into writing about cloud computing from substantial work in culture and the arts. He earned his undergraduate degree in English at Stanford and has studied at Oxford and Cambridge.

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