Mobile Phone Technology Plays Catchup With Social Media Advances

Nobody surely could have predicted the sheer relentless progress that social networking sites have achieved in overtaking most of our lives. The past five years has seen them appear and become ubiquitous to the point where it’s simply expected that people use them.

Want to meet up with someone for a drink later? Arrange it online.

Sorting a party with friends? Whack it into Facebook and see who says they’ll turn up. Everything can be done online these days and it’s getting easier as technology catches up with everybody’s need to communicate via networking sites rather than directly. We don’t call people anymore; we simply update our status and wait for the inevitable comments.

Of course, just like apparently everything else in life, there always appears a dominant method of communication and these days that throne is taken by the big daddy of the social network – Facebook. The world seems divided between those who have Facebook profiles and those who are just about to sign up for one. Smartphones have taken the mobile world by storm ever since the first Apple iPhone appeared and nearly all smartphone platforms have a Facebook application available and they’re usually started by a quick click of an icon from the main screen of the phone, but it appears even that isn’t enough. Even though it probably only takes a swipe and a click, some phone manufacturers want to take even this hassle away and a number of phones will soon appear with ‘Facebook buttons’.

Surely we can’t be in that much of a hurry?

Well it appears we are but there’s a more technical reason behind why these systems will eventually become more useful than we probably initially imagine. You see, a few social platforms have been promoting the use of ‘places’ type applications where users can tell everyone where they are. Facebook has such an app at the moment and it works by asking you to choose a location based on GPS and cell phone location but this takes three or four keystrokes – that can’t be on, can it!

No, with these new phones you simply click a button and you’re instantly checked in to your chosen location and you can then type in a bit of text to update your profile.

This may at first seem like a bit of an excuse to create something that nobody really needs but as our lives speed up, we find that reducing a process by just one or two steps can make all the difference.

Also, and more importantly, it shows that technology is transforming the way we work, rest and play but also (and more markedly) that we as users are pushing manufacturers to come up with more and more methods to make our interaction with new technology easier and much more immediate.

It used to be possible to predict the future of consumer electronics about five years into the future, now, with technology being driven by both users and software, it is surely impossible to consider what we might be using just three years ahead.

Future Mobile Phone Technology

What are Wi-Fi phones? Wi-Fi phones are cordless phones that connect to Wi-Fi hotspots in order to communicate. Wi-Fi is a technology to transmit data at high speeds wirelessly. Wi-Fi phones use the same technology used in VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). VoIP is a new technology that allows users to make long distance calls for free, but there is a limitation that the call must come from a computer. These new Wi-Fi phones make it possible to use the VoIP to call without being connected to a computer. They use same wireless network technology that computers use. Wi-Fi phones can call to a computer, another cellular device, landline phone or to VoIP address.

Wi-Fi phones are a part of Smartphone. Smartphones are hand held phones that have pc like features. A usual Smartphone would come with GPS, email and eBooks capabilities. Smartphones also have options of installing and external application to satisfy your growing needs. Here is a summary of features that a Smartphone is capable of performing:

Send and receive phone calls.
Managing personal information like contacts and appointments.
Connecting and communicating with other devices like a PC, laptop or a Smartphone itself.
E-mail and instant messaging.
Office applications like word and pdf.
Capture and play audio and video in standardized formats.

Smart-phones have a high processing speed in the range of 200 to 700 MHz The smartphones uses ARM processor. These processors are highly power efficient and are used in printers, mp3 players and other small devices. They have a built in memory plus an expansion slot for extra storage. The software of a Smartphone can be visualized in layers as follows:

Kernel: It is the heart of the software; it manages all the software processes and drivers.
Middleware: It consists of all the software libraries and APIs required for application execution.
User interface layout: The GUI and layouts are present here.
Applications: Here is where the applications are stored and ready to be executed.

Every phone has an Operating System (OS). The OS of a Smartphone controls the functions and enables the interaction of the hardware with the software. A Wi-Fi phone initially connects to the Wi-Fi hotspot, based on the connection it check for VoIP capabilities and places a VoIP call on user’s request. Just like a pc, packets of data are exchanged between the router and the phone during a phone call. From a hardware point of view, wireless phones transmit signals at a different frequency. The general phones transmit at 850 MHz whereas the wireless phones use the Wi-Fi 802.11b or 802.11g signals that transmit at 2.5 GHz. In a Wi-Fi phone, as the number is entered it is converted into packets and sent to the wireless receiver. The wireless receiver sends the call to the internet like any other VoIP call. When the conversation is started the voice is also transmitted in packets. Some Wi-Fi phones use a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) protocol. Calls can be made by just entering the desired SIP address. SIP is one of the standard protocols for handling voice data. Currently Wi-Fi phones do not have a lot of potential due to lack of Wi-Fi routers all around the country. So it is not necessary that everyone who has a Wi-Fi phone has a wireless connectivity in order to receive calls. Some Wi-Fi phones come with a GSM feature hence the user can receive calls with or without a Wi-Fi connection. VoIP uses a lot of bandwidth, if the router gets too crowded then loss in quality will occur, such problems prevent the current growth of Wi-Fi phones.

Technology Rules Everywhere

Mobile technology is developing at an amazing pace. This development has made a remarkable impact on a wide range of human activities and the surroundings in which we live. In fact, the mobile devices are the dominant gadgets that have been defining the lives of young people and urban youth in particular. The type of handset a person carries, tells a lot about him or her. It is similar to the previous trend when the choice of car would play the decisive role in defining someone’s personality.

The mobile phones dominate our lives. These have made a positive impact on the society. The mobile phone industry is unique in terms of innovation. The types of handsets and the range of network services that are coming today prove this point. Mobile handsets have become a key information communicating device in the last five years. One can find various innovative technologies being implemented in these devices. The more recent handsets are equipped with mobile internet services. The web service is based on GPRS and WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) technologies. Now, third generation applications are being used in the phones which are capable of providing fast data transmission rates.

Mobile phones are the devices that can be found easily in any mobile shops. A number of varieties of handsets are available in these shops. One has to take care of certain points while purchasing the phone. These can be stated as the following.

* Match the description: One must match the descriptions and specifications of the handset so that one can get the good quality phone.

* Assess the needs: Before making the purchase decision, assess your requirements. It helps in choosing the suitable mobile device.

* Check the type of contract: If one is taking the handsets with certain contracts, she or he should check the terms and conditions given the deal.

* Replacement or repairing facility: One should check the warranty scheme given with the device that covers replacement and repairing facilities.

There are several innovative services offered with the mobile devices. The contract phone deals and pay as you go phones are getting huge popularity worldwide. Pay as you go phones are the handsets that limit the user’s mobile expenses. One has to pay as much as he or she talks on the phone. If the balance becomes null, one could easily get it recharged.

The leading mobile makers in the global markets are Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, etc. Nokia is the market leader with almost two-fifth market share. It has produced many stunning devices that have been appreciated by both mobile lovers and the mobile experts. The N-series handsets are the example of Nokia’s master class handsets. Nokia N98 and Nokia N82 are two of the many lucrative handsets in the N-series family. The N98 is a high-tech phone. It has broken the ceiling by offering 8 GB internal memory space and a 7.2 mega pixel camera. The colour and design of this device is also commendable. On the other hand, the N82 is a multimedia phone. It boasts of a 5 mega pixel camera and 100 MB internal memory space. It has an inbuilt GPS receiver which lets the users to upload data to any online websites.

Nokia N83 is another featured member in the N-series group. Most of the features of this phone are similar to Nokia N82. It has a 5 mega pixel camera, 4 GB embedded storage space, 2.5 inch QVGA display and GPRS facility. All these features make this handset a complete entertainment device.