Qualcomm has some compelling ideas about where our digital lives are going.
Chipmaker Qualcomm says that nine out of ten smartphone users will be connected to a personal cloud in some form by the end of next year.
The remarks came at Qualcomm's IQ Innovation summit in Berlin, where executives spoke about the likelihood of phones becoming the primary way we interact with our digital lives.
As well as predicting that smartphones will overtake PCs as cloud-connected devices by 2014, Qualcomm believes that in the near future, phones will connect with the majority of other nearby electronic devices, from alarm systems to washing machines.
Stephen Mollenkopf, COO, Qualcomm, said: "We want devices to react to what’s going on around you, to learn more about you, and then use it to improve your life.
"The phone looks at the environment around you" he explained, "Like a remote control for your life."
According to Qualcomm, there are more mobile phones in the world than toothbrushes and the next step is an increase in the amount of people who interact with the cloud.
Qualcomm knows better than most where the industry is going. The company is already on its third generation of LTE chipsets, helping progress 4G mobile internet and make the process more energy efficient.
The company suggested that as more of the world goes mobile and LTE becomes prevalent, users could start using their smartphones for all web use, letting go of home broadband connections altogether.