Nobody disputes the fact that mobile technology has changed our lives, and the industry is outpacing any other in terms of rate of growth, online technology included. Being able to take care of daily tasks while on the go is now wholly taken for granted.
The evolution of mobile phones has been swift, and that of smart-phones has been even quicker. The first mobile call was made by Motorola in 1973, but when the first Ericsson-termed smart-phone hit the market in 2000 mobile tech really took off. What has become very clear, however, is that there is much more still to come. New technology, devices and applications are being developed and released; breaking new ground today and showing huge potential for tomorrow
Currently, 5000 million people across the world are using cell phones. This figure belongs to 67% of the total population of the world. The global association of the cell phone operators ‘GSMA’ has recently shared this statistics as per number of single users.
Despite of using couple of SIM cards by a single user, GSMA usually considers a single SIM to figure out the single users. Generally, GSMA fixes the number of single cell phone users throughout the world following this method. The number of single users of cell phone touches the figure 1000 million in the year 2003. Later, this figure exceeds 5000 million only in 14 years. The figure touched the milestone of 4000 million in the year 2013. Previously, milestone of 3000 million got achieved in 2010 and 2000 million in 2007.
As per the statistics of GSMA, the current number of active mobile phone SIM cards is 8130 million. It is 5% more in comparison with the total population of the world, which means the number of SIM cards is more than the human beings in the world. In English it is called ‘SIM Market Penetration’.
53% or around 85 million people of the total population in Bangladesh are the single users of cell phones and the number of active SIM cards is 130 million. It indicates that the number of active SIM cards is only 30 million less than the total population of the country, though the figure of active SIM cards is considered the cell phone users in the country, as per government’s statistics.
Currently, Europe is having the highest number of single mobile phone users in the world. 86% of the total population of Europe carries cell phones. Despite of lagging behind as per the ratio of total population, the Pacific Region consists of the highest number of single mobile phone users. Around 2760 million people use mobile phone in this region that is 55% of the total population over here. The Sub-Saharan Africa region lags behind most considering the usage of mobile phones. Only 44% people over here use mobile phones. Due to the countries with vast population like India and China, Asia Pacific is currently the largest mobile phone market. Asia is likely to be developed as more vital cell phone market in next decade, as GSMA thinks.
Director General of GSMA Mr. Mats Granryd said-The number of single mobile phone users has already exceeded the figure 5000 million and it’s really a huge achievement for an industry. Mobile phone industry, today, is playing a very vital role for socio-economic development of the people throughout the world. On the other hand, Broadband Internet has become more widely available, the cost of connecting is decreasing, more devices are being created with Wi-Fi capabilities and sensors built into them, technology costs are going down, and Smartphone penetration is sky-rocketing. All of these things are creating a "perfect storm" for the MoT?
What's your mobile phone going to look like in a decade? What will you be using it for? What's the future of mobile? For our special report, we asked a variety of experts from the mobile industry, and some of their answers may surprise you.
It actually seems plausible that your phone will become the center of your life, technology-wise, at least.
In general, our experts seem to agree that your phone will be everywhere with you, and may eventually be smarter than you. Instead of figuring out the answers to your questions after you ask them, it may be able to figure out the questions and answers before you can think of them. It sounds cool.
So what we want to refer as the Mobile of Things
A technology device use for voice and data transmission and able to connect with internet to collect and exchange data using embedded network. Simply put, this is the concept of basically connecting all the facility of digitalization and Internet (and/or to each other) via mobile MoT can be applied to things like transportation networks: "smart cities”, virtually endless opportunities and connections to take place, many of which we can't even think of or fully understand the impact of today. Security is a big issue where mobile is better to choose.
Then we have the issue of privacy and data sharing and mobile is a trusted one also in here
Mobile for Everything
The mobile phone is rapidly becoming the uber device -- the one device that seems to have it all and becomes even more indispensable than it is now. Mobile phones have already started functioning as more than just communications devices. Mobiles serve as watches and alarm clocks. Even with the limited free games that come with basic phones, they are already good for "time-pass". They can also function as calculators.
In unfamiliar neighborhoods, they tell us where we are. The address book and contacts list on phones is our social interface. Without the phone, many of us would be quite lost in connecting with other people. The calendar function on the mobile phones can help us track our lives. Phones can also function as radios. For some, the mobile phone also becomes a notepad -- send an SMS to oneself and make it a reminder service. Owners also have tended to customize phones, with their own ringtones, themes and wallpapers.
This is just for starters. Consider what some of the more advanced mobile phones are also doing:
This is just for starters. Consider what some of the more advanced mobile phones are also doing:
Secure digital identity
Mobile Connect is a new service that lets you login to websites and apps on any device without having to remember usernames or passwords. You are safely identified through your mobile phone number. Simple
Just think how many different user names and passwords you have to set up to access websites and apps. It's frustrating that the more we use the internet, the more log-in details we have to remember. With Mobile Connect, there's no need for either passwords or user names, so log-in is much simpler. It helps to be Private. Sometimes, we avoid setting up usernames and passwords by logging in with our social network log-in details. However, many people are increasingly worried about how much personal information such log-ins need and share, and whether that information will be used without permission. With Mobile Connect, no personal information is made available to the website or app you're logging into without your consent. More over the security .Recent high pro le online security breaches have resulted in people's passwords falling into the wrong hands. With Mobile Connect, your details are more secure because you use your mobile device to first prove your digital identity and then verify it.
Human beings are social animals, or so have been said by Greek philosopher Aristotle. Our penchant for companionship, engagement and sharing with others is only natural. So it's not a surprise that in our poll, majority of you cited social media as one of the main activities you use your mobile phones for. Sharing selfies on Instagram, voicing your opinion on current affairs on Twitter, or commenting on friends' posts and albums on Facebook can all be done in an instant through your phone. For instance, Samsung's latest smart-phones, Galaxy Note5 and S6 edge+, are equipped with an octa-core processor and 4GB RAM to offer you a fast user interface and browsing experience.
You can simultaneously use multiple social media apps and switch between them with ease through multi-window options. Smoothly move from updating your status on one app to watching a video on another.
How many photos are there in your phone's gallery? 100? 500? 1000? For many of us, the images have crossed the 1000 mark. Some photos are taken by us, while others are those shared by friends and family. What that clearly tells us is people tend to love taking pictures; this is evident from the poll as well. Many of you cited the camera as the most used function on your phones.
From capturing memories to taking a quick note of something by snapping a photo, phone cameras can come in handy at any time of the day. Samsung understands people's love for capturing important moments and has equipped its phones with great cameras to cater to their needs.
Gaming and watching videos
Multimedia entertainment also ranked among the most-used functions, with a close call between gaming and watching videos. In this busy age, we often do not have the time to sit in front of the TV when we get back home or connect the game console to play.
Many of the tasks we perform are on the go and sometimes entertainment falls within this scope as well. For instance, long commutes on the metro or waiting times at business lounges can be made more entertaining with a great movie or interactive game to keep us busy. In such situations, it is important to have phones that can support various applications and deliver sharp visuals.
For an e-commerce company to keep pace with market trends, the mobile phone has become an important conduit. Mobile commerce today is a platform to take e-commerce to the masses, something that works for everyone. Mobile devices open up unique opportunities for e-commerce companies. Personalized communication and content take on a whole new meaning when you consider the fact that mobile devices, unlike a PC, are inherently personal in nature. When marching on the path to mobile commerce, companies inevitably have to choose between taking an app approach or a mobile-oriented website approach. It is important to note that both have their pros and cons. The mobile approach typically is faster to roll out, given that it relies on standard web technologies and needs relatively little device-oriented customizations. So what does the mobile phone space have anything to do with e-commerce? The answer: everything. Business need mobile-optimized websites as more than 20 percent of all e-commerce shopping sessions are already happening on mobile devices - and that number is growing by 2-3x each year. Over the next 18–36 months, mobile will comprise more than 50 percent of all e-commerce shopping sessions, becoming the primary way people shop online.
Mobile Wallet: The phone can also be used to pay for purchases like a credit or debit card. There is already a billing relationship that exists between the subscriber and the operator, and that can be used to make payments to merchants. The mobile payment has become popular gradually. Mobile banking is easy, secure and trusted.
Audio recorder: Mobile phones can be used to record conversations or even brief notes to oneself.
Video recorder: Phones are becoming video cameras also -- some of the newest cell phones can record an hour or more of video.
Multimedia messaging: Everything recorded can be shared with others by using MMS.
Email client: The phone can be used to connect to any POP or IMAP server and allow receiving and sending email. While most phones may not have the ease of use that a Blackberry has with email, contacts and calendar, the fact that it is on the phone itself and that there is no need for a separate device can be a big help (along with the lower total cost of ownership).
Web client: Phones can also browse websites, via a WAP and/or HTML browser. Most web sites may not look great on the small screen, but it is still possible to connect to any web site.
Documents viewer: It is increasingly possible to view documents on the cell phone, in the popular MS-Office file formats.
Computer adjunct: For many, the cell phone has replaced the PDA as the complement to the computer. With a remote desktop application, it also becomes possible to make the mobile phone a window to one's computer.
Music player: The next big thing in 2005 is reckoned to be the combining of music capabilities on the mobile phone. While phones can play MP3s, it will soon also be possible to have music streamed from the Internet. Motorola is expected to introduce a phone this year that marries the mobile with Apple's iPod.
Improving individualized marketing
The data that can help companies provide users with a more personalized experience will also be used to further target promotions and advertising. “Expect more mobile ads that leverage your data to provide offers that are relevant to your lifestyle.
Mobile enters the education world
Mobiles are becoming common in different levels of education. “We should start seeing more creative applications of these devices, with entire curriculums built around electronic delivery utilizing mobile as a cornerstone,” says Mandolia.
Phone as an active controller
The disconnection between mobile phones, tablets and TVs will begin to vanish as more network programmers encourage viewers to connect in real-time on their mobile devices for a more immersive experience. Additionally, new internet connected TVs and video streaming boxers are supporting mobile as a powerful way to control and interact with the device and content. In India, some operators have been promoting many TV channels on the cell phone over next-generation networks like EDGE.
Bar-code readers: Phones will also be able to read bar codes and that can have very interesting applications in commerce.
Mobile Technologies to the fore
Technology makes us curious, and the smart-phone revolution has taken technological innovation to dizzying heights. Things like gesture interface, which we had all glimpsed in the Tom Cruise film Minority Report seemed far-fetched and fictional at that time (2002). It is a reality in mobile technology today, and by 2019, will be available to the masses. Mobile technology is not just changing the way we live and experience, but also defining it. Let us look at six mobile technologies that will become widely present and used in 2017.
1. Electro-vibration Technology: The Touch and Feel of It
Electro-vibration technology will change the mobile touch screen experience dramatically. You will be able to feel different kinds of texture. I know what you are thinking. The online shopping experience will go notches higher. Imagine shopping for clothes online without worrying about the texture and quality of the cloth.
Disney researchers have been working intensively on developing touch screens that let you feel texture. While electro-vibration technology should have become a reality by now, there have been some delays in the process. However, tech experts say that 2017 will herald the arrival of electro-vibration technology on a large scale across touch screen devices. It works on the phenomenon that, through electrostatic charges, your brain is tricked into feeling texture simply by touching the device’s screen. Apple has also been working in electro-vibration technology and has filed several patents related to the technology.
This advancement can also lead to socially beneficial trends. For instance, blind people can use it for Braille, and access smart-phones like everybody else.
2. Speech-to-Speech Translation: Communicating with the World through a Fingertip
In 2012, Microsoft demonstrated impressive speech-to-speech translation and now, real-time multi-language conference calls may finally become a commercial reality in 2017. IBM has also mentioned that it will open its Watson supercomputing platform to third-party developers. This will allow natural language processing features to be built into apps. Imagine discussing important matters across the globe with just a tap, in multiple languages without the aid of a translator or a mediator.
3. The Brain-Computer Interface: When Your Thoughts Become Commands
Every thought that occurs in our brain has its own brainwave pattern. Hence, no two electrical signals are the same. These unique electrical signals can be mapped out to carry out specific commands. So basically your smart-phone with its brain-computer interface can detect the brainwaves emitted with your thoughts and execute the set command.
This is a futuristic technology that could see some commercial application in smart-phones in 2017. Think if your phone could simply detect that you need the curtains drawn, and you are too sleepy to get out of bed. And before you know it, it is done. The potential for such an amazing user interface that allows you to control your smart-phone with your mind is limitless.
4. Wireless, Speedy Charging Becomes a Reality
Running out of battery power is one of the most persistent and frequent complaints of most smart-phone users. We use our smart-phones for multiple purposes simultaneously. The result is a drained battery. Most users reveal that they need to charge their device every day. However, there has been a buzz in the tech world for some time now that smart-phone users will be able to charge their cell phones through day-to-day motions like walking or tapping the screen. Your body heat could also aid in charging your phone.
Another revolution we are keenly awaiting is the availability of the ultra-rapid charger that comes with an advanced battery technology that will allow you to charge your phone completely in just 30 seconds. Besides these, another futuristic trend that will hopefully go mainstream in 2017 is where one gadget can be used to charge another without connecting them through any wires.
5. Flexible and Wearable Smart-phones
Today represents a new era in which flexibility and wear ability are becoming keywords in the dynamics of mobile phones. Screens will soon be able to be folded and unfolded, owing to Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology. So you can watch your favorite movie and game on a large screen and the fold it to pocket size and put it away without any hassle. This technology will also enable the prevalence of paper-thin screens that can project from both sides of the screen. What this translates for users is the ability to show pictures or videos to your friend on one side, while using the other side as a control to maneuver videos and images as you like.
Rumors claim that a Galaxy X flagship smart-phone will join the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines next year, sporting a flexible display.
With the introduction of physical flexibility in smart-phones, companies are also working toward manufacturing wearable smart-phones. Use it as a handset as and when you like and then it turns into a wristwatch you can sport. While this will not be a pioneering concept in mobile technology, it is something that should be made available to the masses by 2017.
6. Augmented Reality
The future of mobile technology closely revolves around two words: “augmented reality” (AR). AR in simple terms means an advanced and unseen version of what we can see with our naked eyes. A regular sight when perceived through our smart-phone infused with the AR technology will be enhanced through the use of computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics and GPS data.
A surgeon performing a complicated procedure or a firefighter trying to find his way out of a burning building can visualize a much more accurate and safe course of action with the help of augmented reality. Similarly, you can see a particular place through your augmented reality incorporated smart-phone camera, and immediately find out the nearest cafes, bookshops, dining places.
Will the next mobile technology revolution kick in this year? Will the above technological trends permeate to the average smart-phone user? Only time will tell.
Ramesh Jain, professor at University of California, Irvine, wrote on his weblog: "Mobile phones are becoming very powerful and are likely to become a dominant device for CCC (communication, computing and content)."So the phones of tomorrow will be the remote controls of our life. They will come with bigger, better keyboards and displays -- even though there are practical limitations on how big a device we will carry. Networks are becoming faster too. And the device that was once a replacement for the fixed-line phone will occupy an even greater role in our lives. Countries like Japan and South Korea already lead the way in having multi-purpose mobile phones. China is following and India is not far behind. The 3GB hard drive is similar to the type of hard drive that is found in Apple's Mini iPod. These 1-inch drives with very low power requirements are ideal for cell phones and other mobile devices." Mobile phones are morphing -- to the point where voice is just incidental. They are becoming, what George Gilder has called, teleputers and refer perfectly the meaning of MoT
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