Mobile Technology: A peep into very recent future

Mobile phones are growing ‘powerful’ with every day and with every conference where the concept phones are being showcased. ‘Powerful’ represents the dynamism in multiple aspects that every upcoming model is coming with. Simpler UI (user interface), more features in less space, 1 GHz processors, more RAM, a plethora of dedicated applications, powerful camera with bigger sensors and more pixels, multi-mediality, and a good lot of utilities like hotspot, over the air play etc. are found in almost all the good smartphones on the market.

Sharp 3D mobile prototype (image courtesy Engadget)

The most recent advancement is from Sharp which has presented a prototype smartphone which has the ability to record 3D and has a glass free parallax 3D screen and gives 3D output over HDMI. The 3D TV market is still in nascent stage and now we have 3D mobile phones!

Talking of the Sharp 3D phone, it comes with stereo camera at the back, 3.7 inch LCD screen with 800×480 resolution in 2D and 400×480 in 3D. The 3D recorded output was not the greatest one but it is still a prototype and with time we can expect it to improve.

Recent phones and their Operating Systems have waged a war in the phone arena by offering one feature better than the available. Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS, RIM’s BlackBerry are the leaders in providing great features on phone. Windows is already reaching the last stages of its latest Windows Phone 7 OS which is expected to resurrect Microsoft’s mobile market share.

Apple changed the whole game of smartphones when it launched the iPhone in 2007 with multi-touch UI which worked the way one wanted it to… pinch to zoom, inertial scrolling, tap to click with smooth touch! It again changed the game when it brought App Store in 2008 which now boasts of having 250,000 applications dedicated for almost everything one could do with a phone. Finding your car, locating the nearby ATM, knowing routes, geo-tagging your photos, playing musical instruments, reading books, preparing dishes, reference information, product ratings… you think of it and there are 99% chances of many apps existing.

Video-calling finally came on phones via Apple iPhone 4 which was just a dream till now. Android devices brought their own Applications market with some great apps which Apple didn’t allow due to its own policies. RIM is leader with the security and encryption methods. Nokia is also trying to gain hold with its own Ovi Store. Customers are the most happy lot, they have now options to choose and probably there is a tailor made phone for all the types of customers now.

With the HD and even 3D recording arriving on phones and giving stunning results, it is not a farfetched statement that digital cameras will be obsolete soon. Internet on phone with the 3G, and now 4G, has made the content sharing so smooth and fast that everyone is a journalist, everyone is a photographer and everyone is a film maker.

The breakthrough technology of maximising the pixel density so much so that it goes beyond human eye’s ability to differentiate between two of them has arrived with Apple’s so called ‘retina display’. The display packs 326 pixel per inch and the result is a display which looks like a neatly printed book with almost no chances of edge-blurring.

The multimedia aspect of the phone has been a game changer as it packs features like music, photos, videos, books etc. into one tiny device. With better display, better speakers and earphones people are leaving many things in home itself as on phone solves all the purpose. A phone can now check the status of flight, check the price of a toilet paper by scanning the barcode, create playlists and play songs sensing your mood, lock your car, find your car and if you lose it, it will keep all your data secure… What else one wants.

And even if you want some more, it pops out at some place before you think of that. AMOLED and Super AMOLED screens can be folded and wrapped around so there will be a phone which you can hang as a locket, wear as a bracelet or put into the wallet…

Fast data transfer over the air and ability to sync multiple devices including the phone makes it impossible for you to forget what were you listening or reading on your computer, as when you open the same on your phone you will be able to pick where you left on computer. Just imagine downloading a whole Hollywood movie in few minutes on your HD phone and by a tap of finger start watching it on the go… pause it when you reach home and then tap another button and the movie seamlessly starts streaming on your TV! Isn’t that awesome?

The world as a ‘global village’ is becoming an out-dated concept and it is soon becoming a ‘small home’ where everybody is accessible by everybody. One types a name and inadvertently finds much information on that ranging from his/her high school results to his/her current social networking status to what he/she is presently doing.

No, a computer could have never done this! Unless portability in the pocket was possible it won’t have done much. Though, there is no doubt that computers are the base of this revolution as there is not much data generated by mobile users as compared to the computers, but there will be a time in recent future when the content use on mobile phones will outlast that on computers.

You can’t carry a computer and record HD video for you small film, but you can do that with a mobile phone and even edit it with effects and credits and cast. So, a mobile has become a computer but computers, perhaps, won’t ever be mobile phones (anyway that will be going backwards!).

Information democratisation is the revolution that world is going to witness in a year or two. SMSes are one of the most powerful tools of sharing information. SMSes are not used only for knowing each other’s wellbeing rather it has become a tool for sharing information, passing important information updates to bulk receivers, a new venture for advertisers and a new tool to promote awareness fast without using internet.

High speed Internet on mobile phone has broken many barriers now and uploading heavy content fast has become a possibility. This relieves the users to sit around a computer or a laptop to do things. Just imagine yourself caught into the middle of a road and a fire breaks out at the nearby market. You just pull off your phone, record video, put your commentary, put some text and upload it to your blog with searchable keywords. Rest will be taken care off by the users.  As soon the news breaks people start searching over internet and find your live feed… Isn’t that great? Moreover, you can SMS your friends or update your status at Facebook or twitter with a link and whole world knows what you are saying.

Given the fact that countries like India and China are well above 600 million mobile phone users each and Internet gaining popularity with efforts of government and mobile service providers as well, cell phones are going to be one of the fundamental needs to procure and generate information. The world which suffers from the digital divide of information will be bridged because of the cell phones soon.

In the run of megapixels, 3D displays and HD recordings the information generation aspect is hidden but is spreading very fast unknowingly. We have our social networking accounts which is not always used for everyday messages of, “I am blank”, “partying with friends” etc. but also for generating literary debates ranging from match fixing to Obama’s Iraq policy, from Naxal violence to rehabilitations of tribals… We do a lot of things which is making steady progress towards a world with lots of information… reaching everywhere.


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