Hot Trends in Mobile Technology Today

23 May No Comments
Thirty years later the cell phone has evolved into a multitasking personal planner and multimedia capable smart phone. You can make calls, text, send mail, surf the Internet, watch videos, play games, and choose from more than 500 thousand apps. Enhancements and upgrades continue with no end in sight. Here are a few developments that will help keep mobile technology a hot trend. Improved lithium-ion batteries. Engineers at Northwestern University have developed a lithium-ion electrode that increases charge, charge life, and charge rate by a factor of ten. Quadcore ARM mobile processors for smart phones and tablets have been released. Two good examples are the Qualcom Snapdragon S4 and the Nvidia Tegra 3. These processing chips will dramatically improve graphics, audio, and overall performance. NFC (near field communication) technology gives consumers the ability to exchange data and make transactions by swiping a device near a terminal. With NFC you can make Credit card purchases, provide ID or medical information, use as an electronic key, read badges, and more. Visa and MasterCard are widely testing NFC transactions. 300 million smart phones are expected to be NFC compliant by the year 2014. Tablet hardware trends Tablet computers combine functions of a smart phone and a laptop. They are book size thin personal computers with a proportionate touch screen. Several important things make tablets part of the hot mobile technology trend. Tablets are direct beneficiaries of smart phone technology. Touch screens are the input devices for most smart phones and tablets. Recent developments are touch screens that sense gestures or objects placed near them and screens for the blind. Less expensive capacitive screens with a single layer of touch sensors will help keep costs of future tablets down. E-reader touch screens, such as the Qualcom Mirasol Display, that are lighter, brighter, crisper, in color, and use significantly less power are now available. 4G cellular wireless service will provide the bandwidth, speeds, and availability to power the mobile wireless surge. Service providers are rolling out technology to meet the 4G standard. HTML5 will allow browsers to display graphics, music, and video without plug-ins. While all computers benefit from HTML5 it will be especially beneficial for smart phones and tablets. Power requirements will be lower and sites can be optimized for smaller screens. Applications (apps) can be written quicker and at lower development costs with HTML5. Tablet business trends A hot trend in tablets today is the scramble by manufacturers to capture a share of the mobile social browsing, communication, and computing market. To that end over 150 different tablets have been introduced in the last few years. There is no standardization in size, shape, tablet function, or utility. The stiff competition is a boon to consumers. The iPad, Motorola Xoom, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 have emerged as general purpose tablets. Such tablets have a seven to ten inch screen and strive to be the “perfect” personal tablet. Special purpose or niche tablets like the Nook Color and Kindle Fire are partially driven by external book, data, or video sales. Niche tablets are often sold at or below cost. This is a great incentive when it’s time to purchase a tablet. Screen sizes are usually five to seven inches. The idea is to provide a tablet with a primary function such as social browsing, reading, or multimedia and build around that function. This gives a device that performs a single function very well and adequately performs other functions. Sources: Qualcomm.com Nvidia.com Northwestern University Wireless Industry News Marketplace Tech W3C.com