The speed at which new technology emerges is blinding. Blinding speed comes at a cost, old technology pays it. Old smartphones become victims of abandonment, dropped in a utility drawer and forgotten. Rick Broida of PC World has not forgotten those old phones that were once at the forefront of technology. He has rummaged through the utility drawers to rescue old friends and give them new uses.
Rick suggests that just because a phone is no longer under contract it still has plenty of things it can do, besides hold down a stack of papers. For instance, under FCC rules all phones are supposed to be capable of making emergency phone calls to 911, even if they are not activated.
Emergency phone calls are not the end of a deactivated smartphone’s capabilities. The article demonstrates several ways that the old phones wi-fi capabilities can be put to use, from making Voice-Over-IP calls to becoming a gaming platform, to an e-reader.
The speed at which new technology emerges is blinding. Blinding speed comes at a cost, old technology pays it. Old smartphones become victims of abandonment, dropped in a utility drawer and forgotten. Rick Broida of PC World has not forgotten those old phones that were once at the forefront of technology. He has rummaged through the utility drawers to rescue old friends and give them new uses. (more…)
Could it be that smart phones are making a dent into the video game world? Some think recent fallings of Nintendo could be related to smart phones. (more…)
Smartphones are expected to grow to 600 million units by 2014, caused by a decrease in cost for handsets and silicon incorporation could be a factor. This was reported at the Linley Tech Mobile Conference, which also predicts that the next 300 million smartphones will be replacement phones. Creators are looking for ways to lower costs and silicon will help them accomplish this. (more…)
With the growing popularity of the smartphone, other devices have been growing out of style. MP3 players started to be replaced by Apple’s iPhone. Even though Apple’s iPod’s continue to sell, sales have been declining in recent years. (more…)
With the rapid changes in the mobile phone industry, it seems that smart phones are being thought of more as mobile devices that happen to include a phone than as a device primarily for sending and receiving calls.
Not long ago, mobile phones were mainly used for conversation, sporadic texting, and checking email for the especially well-connected. A Palm, Blackberry, or other smart phone owner was almost certainly carrying the phone for business purposes.
Now, however, it seems like everybody has a smart phone, and they are becoming more and more advanced. As mobile devices evolve come to more closely resemble mini-computers or multimedia devices, it’s not surprising that consumers focus more on the built-in cameras, messaging services, and internet or music capabilities than the telephone itself.
With HTC working to develop a Windows Phone 7 device with a 16MP camera, it has been suggested that such a device would be more of a camera with a phone included than a phone with a camera. Others point out that the same claims have not been made about Nokia’s mobile phones with 12MP cameras, and that it seems to be natural for smart phones to include more high-end features as the technology evolves.
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Industry experts have predicted that smartphone sales could fall up to 5% later in the year from the Japanese earthquake. Supplies for technology devices have been greatly impacted by the tragedy and several companies are facing shortages including Nokia and Sony Ericsson. (more…)
The baseband, processor and display were the most expensive component parts of a smartphone, but have shown decrease in price over 2010, primarily due to the increase production and market share of smartphone.
Japan produces 15-20% of the world’s electronics and as a result of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and uncertainty of an upcoming short supply, DRAM and NAND memory were affected.
According to DRAMeXchange, also a TrendForce research division, the average selling price of mainstream NAND Flash increased 5 to 15 percent in March. With increasing Number of Smartphone adopting embedded NAND Flash memory.
According to SmartMobix’s survey production of mobile devices should not be affected unless the production of key components in Japan was halt for over 1 or 2 months.
(Altek’s camera smartphone)
The level of clarity and quality of SLR camera imagery, remain yet to be challenged. However, Point-and-shoot digital cameras have shown a 5 percent decline in 2010 replacing by the multi functionality Smartphones, according to NPD’s Retailer Tracking Service.
What is more exciting is the potential for Smartphones to catch 3D photos and video, share pictures and synchronize with cloud and even collect information from the location, direction and object that one is shooting at. This is creating an exciting new user experiencing while shut out point-and-shoot digital camera.
Asia’s smartphone market is likely to double its size as of 2016 to attain 200 million shipments, where Android will come forth as the prevailing platform as it “dramatically” surpasses Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, according to a new written report. (more…)