Smartphones to sell 1.7 billion units by 2017

smartphone shipmentsIf we base human’s reliance on the smartphone in the future years to a statement from an analyst firm then we would see how popular and how important it is for once day-to-day activities.

In a statement, Ovum said that emerging markets accounted for 160 million of 450 million smartphone sales a year ago. In fact, 66% of these 160 million came from China.

Ovum analyst Shiv Putcha said, “China is at the center of smartphone development and adoption in emerging markets, with the whole ecosystem increasingly geared toward the production of feature-rich affordable devices. This new wave of affordable smartphones will have a major impact on consumer choice in emerging markets.”

It is also good to note that total smartphone sales all over the world might reach 1.7 billion units in 2017.

“While much of this development is occurring in China, local brands from other emerging markets are also adopting this model. Other emerging markets that will show strong growth include India and Indonesia, followed by Brazil and Russia,” Putcha added.

Smartphones, may it be affordable or expensive, are now a need and not a necessity. This seemingly small device enables someone to do their works outside the office, while some can even be used to run companies.

Truly the mobile phone that we once knew has now turned into a lifeline to us and to the world.

Imagine its importance in our lives in the future!

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Augmented reality and Google glasses for lifecasting

 

This is the future of augmented reality. If there was any moment where I would throw my money on the screen, hoping to get something, this is it. Shut up and take my money is a strong cry of many geeks and non-geeks alike upon the first glance of the concept video of Project Glass’ Google Glasses and its augmented reality interface. These fabulous glasses are said to work like your mobile phone. It allows you to text, call, navigate using Google Maps and browse using Google Voice commands on a pair of sleek eye glasses.

 

Looking at the Project Glass, people are reminded of Vegeta’s Geigar Counter, sprouting a lot of “over 9000” jokes among commenters. Some would tackle the possible future issues that may arise from this technology. Some say that having something like a mobile phone’s screen plastered right in front of you, while walking or driving, may prove to distract you and cause accidents, while you are so focused on the augmented reality interface. While these may be true fears, it’s the same thing whether it is a pair of glasses or a separate mobile phone; it’s everyone’s responsibility to be careful on how they use their gadgets.

Sample of the feared augmented reality

The previous concept video shares how Google Glasses can be used to navigate with Google Maps’ turn by turn navigation, to text, to get reminders, and make video calls using Google+. Very recently, someone had posted another possibility of usage for these glasses in the future. Lifecasting. While it may be very awkward to carry and position a mobile phone or camera in front of you to take videos or pictures of life’s moments in public while you record you life’s moments, having a convenient camera positioned right at your line of sight proves to be a very tasty treat. Not only that, you are able to perform your duties with both your hands free, while using the augmented reality interface and voice commands, all the while taking these videos and then sharing them simply by using these Google Glasses. It provides another way to share life in your shoes, in your point of view, without the need for a mobile phone in your hand.

Sample photo with Google Glasses while playing with their child

Just think of the possibilities that you are not normally able to do with your mobile phone. You can take a video of your road trip, take a video of your hands playing the piano while you give teach, or simply share a video of you spotting some celebrity in the mall while shopping. You can follow turn by turn navigation with Google Maps in you overhead display like in a video game.  All of those moments where you wish you can view something at the same time you are taking a video of it, without looking awkward or shaking because your eyes are focused on the real thing, can now be a possibility.

View the latest ‘leaked’ video of Google Glasses below:

Texting still popular among teens

What’s the most popular mode of communication? Is it texting or is it calling the other directly?

Well, according to a survey done by the Pew Internet Research Center, American teenagers prefer texting rather than talking on their devices or landlines. The average number of texts per day is 60 up from 50 back in 2009.

According to research specialist at Pew Amanda Lenhart, “Teens are fervent communicators. Straddling childhood and adulthood, they communicate frequently with a variety of important people in their lives: friends, and peers, parents, teachers, coaches, bosses, and a myriad of other adults and institutions.”

About 800 teens ages 12 to 19 were the subject of the survey. The findings that were concluded also involved the ones who lead the resurgence of text messaging. According to the survey, older teens, boys and African Americans are the ones leading the increase.

Of those who were surveyed, only 6 percent said that they use email to communicate with their peers.

Talking over the phone, may it be a landline or a cellphone, has been decreasing over the years. 14 percent of teens said that they use their landlines to talk to their friends. A drop of 30 percent since 2009. While 31 percent said that they don’t use the landline to talk to their peers. 26 percent of teens speak with their friends on their cellphones which is down 38 percent since 2009.

Google’s Android browser tops mobile web browsing

Internet Explorer’s popularity has been constantly declining over the years. Yet, it still is among the top web browsers for personal computers. Mobile devices on the other hand have their own king. IE has really not mattered at all and Opera has been lording it over the browser competition for mobile phones.

Unfortunately, Opera’s hold on the top spot has been lost. According to StatCounter, Android’s built-in Web browser is now the new leader in the field.

The main reason for the change in leadership is basically the same reason why the IE is still the most used browser in the whole world. And that is because Android’s account for over 50 percent of all smartphone sales.

Last month, StatCounter reported that Android had a 22.67% share of the market. Opera comes in at second with a 21.7% share and iPhones built-in browser ranks third at 21.06%. Nokia’s Symbian is at fourth with an 11.24%.

Though the hold of Android on the top is precariously unstable due to the fact that Opera has its supporters. Google is also bringing the Chrome Web browser to Android. So this might slice the market share of Android.

But the problem for Opera is, can they prevent the Chrome for mobile from eating their share?

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A universal charger for all cellphones

Having multiple phones at home or office can be mind boggling at times. Those coiled cords of different devices can eat up your time as you try to uncover the maze-like entanglement that they are in.

Though there are universal chargers out there in the market, nobody really stands out from the rest. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses. In stores and shops, sales personal have been bragging about how this and that charger can breathe life into your dying smartphone.

But in the World Mobile Congress being held in Barcelona, industry players are trying to find a way to create one universal charger that would be compatible to all devices.

The International Union has requested that all manufacturers have the same mobile charger by 2014.

According to Flavio Cuchietti of the latter, “It has been announced so many times and the customers are still waiting for it. Our intention is not to punish an industry or to block their development. Our intention is to find a solution that is viable, adding extra complexity and extra cost, but in the end we get to a universal solution.”

Will a universal charger be a reality or would this been just a figment of our imaginative minds? This would certainly help the chaos that is being brought to us by multiple chargers.

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Are you a nomophobic?

Do you know what the term is for people who have the fear of being without mobile contact? It’s called nomophobia and according to a study from the United Kingdom, at least 2 out of 3 individuals suffer from this condition.

Mobile authentication solution provider SecurEnvoy backed the study in UK and the results were astounding. 1,000 individuals were surveyed and about 66 percent of them were afraid of losing or being without their phone. This was a 13 percent increase from a study conducted about four years ago.

This comes as no surprise as mobile phones and smart phones have become more prevalent. Elizabeth Moore said in one of her articles that this condition is more likely about the anxiety people feel when they’ve lost their phone’s or just left it at home. It still is worrying that people have become so dependent to their devices that such condition arises from it.

Notice your surroundings. Majority of the individuals you’d see are buried in their phones. Our lives have now become so intertwined with our mobile phone and smart phones that we find it hard to go on a day without it. Is this an alarming statistic? It seems so.

Let’s just hope that this doesn’t bloom into a full blown ailment.