The sheer number of technological developments and innovations in the field of smartphones has consumers licking their lips in anticipation of what to expect next. Each new model and advancement is replaced with something better and even more intelligent, to the extent where it would be justifiable to name the field of mobile phone technology as the fastest improving in recent years. With 2012 proving to be such an exciting year for new innovations, here is just some of what 2013 should have to offer.
The Firefox OS will be the web browser developer’s standalone mobile operating system. It will run a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and introduce an entirely open mobile operating system. The idea is to create a completely open mobile ecosystem, built utterly on open web standards. Apps will then be developed as HTML 5 applications.
The plan has received widespread support throughout the mobile technology industry with phone manufacturers and wireless carriers around the world voicing their support.
With it being so highly anticipated, it’s quite probable you’ve already heard of 4G. In definition: it is the fourth generation of mobile communication standards. In layman’s terms it is the successor of 3G and the fastest means to date by which we can access the internet through wireless mobile devices.
Now there are a number of devices which are already 4G enabled. The problem is however, the majority of countries aren’t. The United Kingdom is certainly then in this majority that aren’t 4G connected but we’re expecting to be so by early 2013.
In addition to offering users an access to the internet five-times as fast as 3G (the current mobile communication standard), 4G also gives wireless mobile devices the ability to access high data rate wireless channels, high quality audio and high-definition video.
The idea is magnificent and will certainly have tech geeks eagerly waiting for the turn of the year in anticipation. An indoor GPS will intelligently be able to figure out your movements once you’ve stepped out of satellite view and into a building. You’ll thus have the ability to navigate inside buildings and then perhaps find that store you keep losing in the shopping centre. The new technology will even be able to determine what floor of a building you’re on.
Indoor GPS will use a mobile phone’s gyroscope, accelerometer and barometer to calculate your position and movements.
Nokia, LG, Samsung and Blackberry are already known to be working on such technology and it is expected that many others are also making moves towards indoor GPS advancements. Tech geeks are thus undeniably keen on the day indoor GPS will be a factor when looking up mobile phone offers.
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Near field communication (NFC) technology is the establishment of radio connection between two devices by simply touching them together or putting them in close proximity. Think of it as a more powerful version of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology.
With NFC, we’ll be able to carry out money transactions, to the extent of paying for items in supermarkets and stores. NFC could then even replace credit cards.
The upcoming iPhone is expected to have NFC capabilities, while most other manufacturers are also looking to introduce the technology. Expect this to be a significant advancement to how we exchange money and large data files.
Michael Taylor – Tech writer