MobileBeat: "Over the past few years, the growth of mobile platforms has emerged as the most innovative and exciting technology trend in some time. Before the launch of the iPhone, Microsoft was suffering through the tepid launch of Windows Vista, and Apple had released its fifth iteration of Mac OS X since 2001. To put it simply: Desktop operating systems had gotten boring. There was little in the way of innovation on top of them. And attempts at extending these desktop systems to new devices, like Windows-based tablet computers or the Apple TV, never found widespread success.
Now we’re in the midst of a smartphone revolution, the benefits of which are extending far beyond our phones. Mobile platforms are invading our lives on multiple fronts — from couch-friendly tablets to media-room set-top boxes and beyond. So how did we get to this point? And what does it mean for the future?"