Mobile trends for 2017

Here is some aggregating of the data and then throwing out some predictions:

Mobile is eating the world also in 2017. As we pass 2.5bn smartphones on earth and head towards 5bn, and mobile moves from creation to deployment.

IHS research institute of the market next year will be 139 million a flexible screens, most of which are in smartphones. Vivo and Xiaomi have already released smart phones with flexible AMOLED screens. Progress has been slowed by the capacity of the display manufacturers, but Samsung Display and LG Display are already building new factories. It is expected that in 2020 the number of flexible screens will be 417 million.

Today’s smartphones utilize a wide array of sensors (accelerometers, gyroscopes and various other). New sensors will be added in 2017. Barometric pressure sensor, which measures air pressure, is currently being integrated into premium-grade smartphones and IoT applications. Air pressure sensors in smartphones are useful in navigation and fitness tracking applications but also in weather forecasting.

Rumors surrounding the next iPhone 8 keep coming in 2017. Analysts and market researchers have also predicted a big iPhone update from Apple. Let’s wait to see if this is evolution or revolution. A brief report in The Korea Economic Daily claims that Apple is working with LG on a new dual camera module “which enables 3D photographing. I would be surprised if Apple could come up with something that really revolutionary in 2017.

Virtual Reality Will Stay Hot in 2017. VR is the heaviest heterogeneous workload we encounter in mobile—there’s a lot going on. VR requires high refresh rates with new content every frame. It also needs to calculate data from multiple sensors and respond to it with updated visuals in less than 18 ms to keep up with the viewer’s head motions. To achieve these goals, the phone needs a fast-switching AMOLED display at nearly full brightness running constantly. The skyrocketing popularity of augmented reality (Pokemon Go) and virtual reality (Google VR) may be the boost microelecromechanical systems (MEMS) projectors into the mass market. Integrating micro-lidar (3-D imaging system using invisible infrared beams) to smart phone can become feasible.

Smart phone markets will be still almost completely be in the hands of Apple (iOS) and Google (Android) also in 2017. Microsoft’s Windows phone OS is practically dead in. But that does not stop other player trying to get their spot. For example Samsung wants developers to build apps for its homegrown Tizen mobile operating system, and it is offering cash prizes to do so. Samsung will launch further Tizen-powered smartphones in 2017, but the company is unlikely to swap Android for its home-grown software on high-end devices.

Mobile Video to Grow 50% a Year also n 2017. According to Ericsson’s Mobility Report, mobile data traffic continues to grow, driven both by increased smartphone subscriptions and a continued increase in average data volume per subscription, fueled primarily by more viewing of video content. Ericsson forecasts mobile video traffic to grow by around 50% annually through 2022.

Even though smart watch market has done much worse than expected in 2016, is not forgotter in 2017. Companies need to put effort to convince consumers that wearables — smartwatches specifically — are still in demand. For this Google says it will launch two flagship OEM-branded smartwatches and Android Wear 2.0 in early 2017.  The new platform brings a number of new features.

Smartphone is already widely used mobile payment, a person identifying itself and a wide range of services in place, so it is only a matter of time until the driver’s license is transferred to smart phone. In fact, the trend is already on the move, as piloted by Gemalto digital driver’s license in Colorado, Idaho, Maryland and Washington. In the early stages of the digital card functions as a conventional physical card partner.

 

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Wearables are dead. Long live wearables!
    https://pollen.bcgdv.com/wearables-dead-long-live-wearables/

    When crowdsourcing darling, Pebble, came to an abrupt end and rumors flared that Jawbone was exiting the consumer market altogether, these fair-weather fans quickly leapt to the hasty conclusion that wearables hadn’t “lived up to their promise.” But what, exactly, was this promise?

    Depending on who you ask, the answer could be different.

    Wearable Tech: A Developer’s Security Nightmare
    https://developers.redhat.com/blog/2017/03/06/wearable-tech-a-developers-security-nightmare/?sc_cid=7016000000127ECAAY

    One of the newest data security threats posed to the IoT, in particular, is the rise of the wearable technology industry.

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google introduces Family Link, its own parental control software for Android
    https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/15/google-introduces-family-link-its-own-parental-control-software-for-android/

    Google has just one-upped Apple on mobile in a significant way: today the company today announced the launch of Family Link, an application for parents that lets them establish a child’s first Google account, as well as utilize a series of parental controls to manage and track screen time, daily limits, device “bedtimes,” and which apps kids can use.

    While all the major mobile device providers – Apple, Google, and Amazon included – offer parental controls on their devices – Family Link is different because it’s a two-party system.

    For the system to work, Family Link requires that both parent and child use Android. The parent will first download the Family Link mobile app to their own device, running Android KitKat (4.4) or higher. An iOS version is not yet available, says Google.

    From this app, parents will set up the child’s Google account. It’s designed to be used for those children under the age of 13, Google notes.

    Then, on the kid’s device, the child signs in using these new credentials. The child’s phone or tablet must be running either Android Nougat (7.0), or a supported device running Marshmallow (6.1).

    Once signed in, the child’s phone usage is tracked and logged, so parents can see how much time kids spend in various apps, via weekly and monthly activity reports. From the parent’s app, moms and dads can set a number of rules for their kids, including how long kids are allowed to be on their mobile devices every day, at what time the devices can no longer be used that day (through a remote locking feature), and which apps can be installed.

    Parents can approve or block apps the child wants to download from the Google Play Store, much like how Apple’s iCloud Family Sharing’s “Ask” feature works today.

    “[Family Link] can’t make the apps or services on their phone that were designed for adults kid-safe; it’s up to parents to choose what’s right for their kid.”

    Family Link
    https://families.google.com/familylink/

    With the Family Link app from Google, you can stay in the loop as your kid explores on their Android* device. Family Link lets you create a Google Account for your kid that’s like your account, while also helping you set certain digital ground rules that work for your family — like managing the apps your kid can use, keeping an eye on screen time, and setting a bedtime on your kid’s device.

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Old audio plug is still trying to compete with the USB-C interface

    Embedded World, Nuremberg – Austrian mixed-signal circuits and sensors that develops ams has introduced the first of its own connection to the ACI (Accessory Communications Interface) utilizing the product. For the first time can be a standard 3.5 mm audio plug connect the noise canceling headphones that do not require their own separate battery.

    ACI-connection of four wire one audio cable is used to transfer power and bi-directional data at up to 16 megabits per second, in addition to the digital audio signal.

    When the noise canceling headphones implemented ACI connection, will the headset mode, for example, recognize gestures for sensors, proximity sensor, heart rate monitors, temperature sensors and the like.

    Ams: According to the new audioplugi consumes about 60 percent less power than the USBC-type audio connection. This may be one reason to keep the old headphone jack on the bottom of the smartphone.

    Source: http://www.etn.fi/index.php/13-news/6006-vanha-audioplugi-yrittaa-yha-haastaa-usbc-liitannan

    More:
    Accessory Communication Interface
    http://ams.com/eng/Products/Sensor-Interfaces/Accessory-Communication-Interface

    The Accessory Communications Interface (ACI) invented by ams uses a single wire to carry power and bidirectional data as well as digital audio signals. The ACI solution reduces the size and the weight of accessories by eliminating the battery. Due to ams’ ultra-low latency, ANC is enabled. Additionally, it is possible to use headset-mounted sensors to add various features such as gesture sensing, temperature sensing or HRM. ACI supplies up to 100mA to accessories and enables the use of LEDs for features like illuminated wires or LED displays.

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Qualcomm doesn’t want you to call its Snapdragon processors ‘processors’ anymore
    https://opensource.com/article/17/3/operate-relays-control-gpio-pins-raspberry-pi?sc_cid=7016000000127ECAAY

    Take note, tech writers: as of this morning, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors are no longer processors. Henceforth, the company would like you to refer to Snapdragon as a “platform.” In a post this morning, the San Diego-based chip – sorry processor – maker has detailed why it’s replaced one p-word with another. And why it thinks you ought to, too.

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Now, the application can be run directly from a memory card

    SD memory cards are the new A1 assay, in which the performance guarantees that the memory card can be run directly on mobile applications for smartphones. A1 assay is part of a new 5.1 SD Association standard.

    A1 determines that the microSD card can be read data from at least 1500 IOPS at a speed (Input-Output Access Per Second). Writing speed is at least 500 IOPS Cl and continuous chapter serial data should reach 10 megabytes per second.

    Toshiba has now introduced a new series of microSD cards, which supports the new A1 specifications.

    Source: http://etn.fi/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6031&via=n&datum=2017-03-20_16:48:53&mottagare=30929

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google Maps v9.49 beta adds a manual parking location tracker, weather indicator for mass transit navigation, and more
    http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/03/18/google-maps-v9-49-beta-adds-a-manual-parking-location-tracker-weather-indicator-for-mass-transit-navigation-and-more-apk-download-teardown/

    There’s a new capability to manually save your parking location so it’s easier to get back to your car, weather predictions for your destinations while setting up navigation, and more. There’s even a quick teardown that shows search results will soon support sorting.

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google releases Android O to developers, promising better battery life and notifications
    Developers can start work on it today
    http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/21/14990876/google-android-o-8-update-developer-preview-release-battery-life-notifications-api

    For the second year in a row, Google is making a developer preview for the next version of Android available in March, well ahead of its presumed consumer release in the fall. This one is codenamed “O,” and your guess is as good as mine as to what dessert the final version will be named after. It isn’t yet available for regular users to try out. Although developers can begin testing it right away

    Google isn’t yet telling us everything that’s coming in O, but the marquee feature is meant to address a perennial smartphone problem that has seen equally perennial attempts at fixing it: battery life.

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  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Android O, Google’s Next OS, Is Coming to Save Your Phone’s Battery
    https://www.wired.com/2017/03/android-o/

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  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Wells Fargo: All ATMs Will Take Phone Codes, Not Just Cards
    https://mobile.slashdot.org/story/17/03/21/2031248/wells-fargo-all-atms-will-take-phone-codes-not-just-cards

    Given the prevalence of smartphones nowadays, Wells Fargo has announced plans to upgrade all 13,000 of its ATMs next week to allow customers to access their money using their cellphones instead of traditional bank cards. Wells Fargo would be the first to upgrade all of its ATMs with the feature across the United States.

    Wells Fargo: All ATMs will take phone codes, not just cards
    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/wells-fargo-atms-phone-codes-cards-46283581

    Wells Fargo plans to upgrade all 13,000 of its ATMs next week to allow customers to access their funds using their cellphones instead of traditional bank cards.

    While banks like JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America have announced similar upgrades to their ATMs, those are still being rolled out. Wells would be the first to upgrade all of its ATMs with the feature across the United States.

    To access their money, customers would get unique eight-digit codes from their Wells Fargo smartphone app, and enter the code into the ATM along with their PIN number. The machines will still accept debit cards as well.

    “Whether a customer happens to have a card on them or not, (the upgrade) provides another simple and secure way to withdraw cash at any of our ATMs,” said Adam Vancini, head of virtual channel operations at Wells Fargo.

    One limitation of the one-time code, though, is that it won’t work on the secure doors that many branches have for non-business hours that require a customer to swipe an ATM or debit card to gain entry

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  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Satellite Navigation ‘Switches Off’ Parts of Brain Used For Navigation, Study Finds
    https://science.slashdot.org/story/17/03/21/2256217/satellite-navigation-switches-off-parts-of-brain-used-for-navigation-study-finds

    A new study published today in the journal Nature Communications reveals some of the drawbacks of using satellite navigation (SatNav) technology. After scanning the brains of 24 volunteers as they explored a simulation through the streets of London’s Soho district, researchers from the University of London found that listening to a satellite navigation’s instructions “switches off” activity in parts of the brain used for navigation.

    The Brain Takes a Guided Tour of London
    Two distinct brain regions cooperate to simulate possible routes and plan a path through them
    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-brain-takes-a-guided-tour-of-london/

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  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
    Universe, a mobile-only website builder, launches an iOS app and announces $3.2M in funding led by Box Group

    Universe, a mobile-only website builder, lets you create pages in ‘under a minute’
    https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/22/universe-a-mobile-only-website-builder-lets-you-create-pages-in-under-a-minute/

    The business of platforms for developing websites and publishing online is a crowded one, with established players like WordPress, Wix, Zoho, Weebly, Duda Mobile and Squarespace competing against newer entrants like Medium and the likes of LinkedIn. Now make way for another one: Universe, a startup that hopes its mobile-first approach for building “light” websites on mobile — the pitch is that these can be built in “under a minute” — can give it a unique foothold in the market.

    Universe, which is based out of Brooklyn, New York, is today launching its first app, for iOS, with $3.2 million in funding from General Catalyst, Greylock Partners (from its development and seed fund), Eniac Ventures and led by Box Group.

    Sites tacked to Universe’s own domain are free, while those registered with custom domains start at a competitive $2.99/month.

    Universe tackles the balance between creativity and templates to speed things up with a slick interface that presents the real estate of the phone as a 3×5 area, where you can select a background and then start to add text, photos, videos and link modules through a drag and drop interface.

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  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    USB stick can now kill SMARTPHONE

    Killer is a USB device that feeds more than 200 volts for 8-12 seconds. In practice, this kills integrated circuits device very effectively. (UN)Fortunately, the device is now also available adapters, with the destruction of a variety of smart phones to be successful. . The range covers both the new C-types of USB connectors, as Apple’s iPhone Lightning connector.

    When a USB device is connected Killer stick into the USB port, it will charge a USB bus power lines to about 200 volts. Thereafter, this voltage is discharged along the bus back to the electronics of the device.

    The discharge can be done several times per second, until the stick is removed, or “tested” machine breaks down. Supply current is 180 amps.

    Just to be sure: do not order sticks, never put the memory stick into any unknown device!

    Source: http://etn.fi/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6057&via=n&datum=2017-03-23_14:47:22&mottagare=30929

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  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Smartwatches at a Crossroads, and Some Analysts are Optimistic
    https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/fashion/watches-smartwatches-fossil-tag-heuer.html

    Some battery-powered watches at Fossil’s flagship store here have traditional minute and second hands, but their displays sync with a user’s smartphone

    This “hybrid smartwatch” line, introduced last summer, appeals to technologically savvy buyers who also appreciate the look and feel of a traditional timepiece

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  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Samsung’s pocket watch is a weird concept that raises interesting questions about wearables
    https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/23/samsung-pocket-watch/

    Samsung’s hybrid pocket watch concept raises a lot more questions than it answers. That’s due, in part, to the fact that the company isn’t offering all that much information about what appears to be an analogue pocket watch with smart functionality announced in a press release

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  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google Maps will now let you share your location, creating a whole new set of privacy concerns
    Every step you take …
    http://www.recode.net/2017/3/22/15016062/google-maps-share-location-privacy

    Google has announced new features for Google Maps, including some that make it easier to share your location with contacts, which could spur privacy concerns.

    Altogether, the updates don’t mark a sweeping change as the company has been careful about how it tweaks the service. That’s because Maps is Google’s most-used app after YouTube and the fourth-most-used app overall with over 95 million people accessing it every month, according to comScore. Maps has become crucial to Google’s mobile strategy.

    Given that, it’s noteworthy that the changes don’t include any new ways for Google to make money from Maps.

    Location sharing is the most significant update. People can let anyone else know where they are by sending a text message with a link. The link can be opened by anyone, even if they don’t have the Maps app. People can also share their location within the app to others who use Maps.

    That could raise all kinds of privacy concerns. The links, for example, can be shared to anyone else through a simple copy and paste, whether or not the original user intended their information to be known to a wider circle. The links will expire after three days, or earlier if the user sets the date.

    Share your trips and real-time location from Google Maps
    https://blog.google/products/maps/share-your-trips-and-real-time-location-google-maps/

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  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Android Candy: That App Is for the Birds!
    http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/android-candy-app-birds

    Hundreds of books are available to help you figure out what sort of bird you’re looking at, but Merlin uses several metrics to narrow down the feathery mystery.

    Once it narrows down the options to a handful of birds, it provides photos of the male, female and juvenile varieties. It even includes a button that lets you listen to their particular birdsong.

    If you’re a bird-lover, or just like to sound smart in front of your friends, the Merlin Bird ID app is a must-have. It’s completely free and remarkably accurate.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.labs.merlinbirdid.app&hl=fi

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