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Sunday, December 12, 2004

The Mobile Phone Revolution Is Next Only To The Internet Revolution

The rate at which the features are expanding in the mobile phone is really phenomenal - I would think that the mobile revolution should be rated next only to the internet revolution. Apart from ubiquity of usage, increasing features, the future potential of the mobile technology makes it all the more attractive technology to watch in the future. Ramesh Jain writes," The rate at which mobile phones are changing is remarkable. Excerpts with Edits : Samsung recently introduced a camera phone with 1 megapixels and 1.5GB hard drive. Now Panasonic has announced that they will market a chip for mobile phones that will have a sensor, DSP, lens, and infra red focusing system without adding any bulk to the phones. These chips will allow cameras up to the resolution of 3 megapixels. The quality and functionality of mobile phones keeps on improving at a rapid rate. Combine this with the increasing availability of video content on phone and increasing bandwidth, and you clearly see what will be the real multimedia client for information and communication technology.

Mobile phones are real PCs (Personal Computer) or really PCC(Personal Computer and Communicator).Now we are at a very important point in the evolution of mobile phone technology. Due to miniaturization of sensors, processors, and storage, it is becoming possible to bring enough computing power in mobile phones. This computing power is definitely not comparable to today¡¯s computers, but definitely can be compared favorably with lap top computers of a few years ago. The more important thing is that the computing power is becoming enough to utilize mobile phones as a powerful client, more powerful than traditional clients of modern road warriors – the lap top computer.
Mobile phones are lot more natural for people to use - for both talking and listening. Another major advantage is that when a device is used by people using sound¡ rather than text, it becomes independent of the language. It really becomes a pipe which can be used to carry any content. And this is the reason for the rapid proliferation of phones. With technological advances, phones are also becoming pipelines for visual information with commonly equipped with cameras now. And the screens on phones are becoming bigger and better. Phones are becoming photo albums and soon becoming television sets – with a small screen.Phones are transforming to become the most important device that people will carry wherever they are. Phones are truly becoming personal. You put your calendar, address list, favorite photo album, to do list, and more in your phones. And with increasing storage, they are going to become more personal. Now add to this the mobility component. It is amazing that they have become so small (and so cute) while becoming so powerful. Nanotechnology may bring a surprise by contributing some fascinating possibilities to make phones fit well to our eyes, ears, and mouth. Phones have mechanism not only to take frozen visual memories, but to create vivid dynamic visuals.

Om Malik in a separate piece writes The term smart phone maybe more hype than reality. A better definition for current smart phones is a phone that can also act as a PDA (e.g. calendar, address book, to do list), Email Application, Web Browser, MP3 Player and more recently digital camera and camcorder. These applications need to be linked together with an easy to use interface so that the user barely notices the interaction of the various components.
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