CTIA 2010 in Review: Top Trends in Mobile

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The CTIA Wireless Association’s annual Las Vegas mobile-centric show has wrapped up for this year, and a few key trends emerged. We wanted to bring you some of the high points from the show that shed light on what’s hot now as well as what’s on the horizon in mobile in the near near future.

Overall, the trend of convergence between mobile devices and the internet not only continues, but is accelerating. We saw lots of shiny new phones of course, but we’re also hearing a lot more about environments like the car becoming increasingly connected. Tablets and smartbooks add to the array of devices we’ll need data plans for, and cell carriers will need to begin addressing a heterogeny of devices and platforms that single consumers need to get connected. Read on for some of the bigger trends the wireless industry is concerning itself with today and down the next few years of the mobile roadmap.

4G Next-Generation Wireless Networks

As some carriers continue to quibble over who has the best 3G coverage, a whole new generation of wireless networks is already being rolled out. The gains in terms of data speed and capacity stand to be significant — imagine having the broadband speeds you’re used to at home but on your phone or portable wireless hotspot. Sprint will be the first to market with its 4G WiMAX network. The network is rolled out in 27 major metropolitan areas of the U.S. already, with at least 15 more cities to get coverage before year’s end.

At CTIA Sprint announced the HTC EVO 4G (pictured above), which will be the first commercially available handset to take advantage of the WiMAX network. Notable for that alone, the phone is also a veritable smorgasboard of high-tech specs that have phone nerds like me marking our calendars for this summer when the device will launch.

Verizon and AT&T are backing a 4G network based on a different standard, dubbed Long Term Evolution (LTE), but neither the network itself nor the devices that will be able to take advantage of it are expected to be ready before mid-2011. Still, both Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and partner Clearwire’s CEO Bill Morrow said that consumers shouldn’t expect to see a format war situation emerging because the WiMAX network architecture would allow them to also incorporate LTE down the road when it becomes available.


There was without a doubt a singular winner in terms of smartphone platforms at this year’s CTIA, which may as well have been dubbed CTIAndroid. In addition to the HTC EVO 4G we mentioned above, four other significant Android phones were announced. The Samsung Galaxy S has one of the sharpest yet least annoyingly reflective screens we’ve ever seen, in addition to lots of power under the hood. The Motorola i1 is the first push-to-talk phone running Android, and is reportedly as rugged and durable as users of Sprint’s Nextel network have come to expect from PTT phone offerings without looking like a proverbial brick.

The Dell Aero will be Dell’s first foray into the U.S. smartphone market, and the second Android handset to arrive on AT&T’s network. The Kyocera Zio M6000 is a slick-looking phone with a high-resolution 800 x 480 display, but sacrifices some power in the components in order to be able to offer what will be one of the cheapest Android offerings on the market: between $169 and $216 before subsidy. It’s a significant play to appeal to the more budget-conscious segment of the market while still providing a sophisticated smartphone OS on board.

Tablets too were out in force with Android under the hood. We had a chance to see some pretty impressivedemos of prototype tablets powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 platform, featuring full Flash support and offering a significant alternative to Apple’s iPad.

Mobile Video Explosion

Along with the advent of 4G networks, mobile video becomes a more viable proposition and a more pleasant experience for the consumer. Cisco’s CTO Padmasree Warrior gave a keynote address in which she conveyed the perhaps astonishing statistic that current trends show 91% of all internet traffic will be video content by 2013. With video becoming such a dominant force driving internet usage, and a perfect storm of fast networks and smart devices that can handle it, video will likewise be a significant driver of mobile data usage as well — occupying an estimated 66% of mobile traffic by 2013, according to Cisco.

Handheld news and reviews site Brighthand produced its first Mobile Film Festival at CTIA, showcasing the best and most creative video content made specifically for cell phones. Much like web series have become an important cultural development in online video content, mobile films too stand to see significant uptick over the coming years as filmmakers tailor high quality short-form video specifically for the new generation of smartphone-wielding consumers.

The Internet of Things

Faster 4G networks and smarter mobile devices won’t just be connecting people to people and people to content, either — a significant area of growth for the wireless sector is going to be in connected devices. The Cisco CTO shared another eye-popping statistic in her keynote: by the end of 2010 we expect to see 35 billion devices connected to the network; by 2013 that number is expected to climb to almost a trillion. That includes wireless RFID chips, network-connected sensors, and many other forms of connected devices beyond phones and laptops — and increasingly, those devices will be talking directly to each other.

In combination with 4G, adding network connectivity to a wide range of devices has profound implications for exploding innovation in sectors like health care and smart energy. Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse described a scenario in which an ambulance en route to the hospital could be sending back video feeds and vital information about a patient’s condition to an ER doctor who could then have a fairly clear evaluation of that patient before they even arrive. Remote medicine too could be revolutionized by mobile hotspots in the field and sophisticated diagnostic applications running on smartphones.

With smart energy, imagine a hybrid vehicle that could monitor the network in order to charge itself during non-peak hours, or being able to run an app on your phone that could tell you how much energy you’d save by turning off specific lights or reducing the usage of certain appliances.

Other verticals like education, security, law enforcement, and retail stand to benefit from fast 4G networks and the internet of things as well. United States CTO Aneesh Chopra spoke about the urgent need for innovation in terms of applications that will take the most advantage of the greater speeds and bandwidth afforded by 4G networks, and related that the students of today will be tomorrow’s innovators of mobile use cases we can’t even quite imagine yet.

[img credit for "Internet of Things": Lynetter]

Kyocera Rilis Ponsel Android Pertamanya

Ini dia kabar gembira yang mungkin dinanti-nanti Anda para penggemar ponsel Android di dunia. Pasalnya, perusahaan multinasional asal Jepang, Kyocera telah resmi meluncurkan ponsel Android pertamanya dalam acara CTIA 2010 yang berlangsung di Las Vegas.

Pameran bergengsi CTIA 2010 yang berlangsung sejak tanggal 23 Maret lalu memang banyak memunculkan produk-produk baru dan juga unggulan dari para produsen ponsel maupun produk elektronik lainnya. Seperti produk unggulan yang ikut dipamerkan Kyocera.

Kyocera Zio M6000, itulah sebutan bagi smartphone Android pertama besutan Kyocera. Yang menariknya, Kyocera Zio M6000 rencananya bakal dibandrol hanya dengan harga berkisar antara 169 dollar hingga 216 dollar. Yang mana, itu berarti smartphone Android keluaran Kyocera relatif lebih murah dibanding smartphone Android keluaran rival.

Meski harga lebih murah, Kyocera Zio M6000 tetap menawarkan performa dan juga fitur yang tidak kalah menarik dibanding smartphone pada umumnya. Mulai dari prosesor Qualcomm MSM7227 600MHz, sistem operasi Android 1.6 dan juga berbagai fitur lainnya. Seperti layar touchscreen 3,5 inci WVGA (800 x 480 pixel), virtual Qwerty keypad, kamera 3,2MP, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, perekam video, media player, full HTML web browser, Google Maps, memori internal 512MB, slot kartu memori microSD (up to 32GB), serta aplikasi social networking.

Bagaimana, cukup menarik bukan? Nah, kini Anda tidak perlu khawatir lagi jika tidak memiliki cukup dana untuk membeli smartphone yang menawarkan berbagai fitur komplit. Cukup sediakan dana sekitar 2 jutaan, maka Anda sudah bisa memiliki smartphone yang hebat dan memikat keluaran Kyocera ini. Karena kabarnya, Kyocera Zio M6000 sudah siap meluncur ke pasaran pada kuartal kedua tahun 2010 ini.

Namun sayang, lagi-lagi Anda harus lebih sedikit bersabar menunggu kehadiran ponsel pintar keluaran Kyocera ini, karena menurut informasi Kyocera Zio M6000 baru akan tersedia untuk pasar Amerika Serikat.

Smartphone traffic is up 193% in a year

Led by iPhone and the Androids. Traffic from the iPod touch is growing even faster.

Click to enlarge. Source: AdMob

Smartphone traffic is up. Feature phone share is down. And traffic from mobile Internet devices (like the iPod touch) that don't have built-in phones is booming — even before Apple releases the iPad.

That's the thrust of the the latest report by AdMob, the mobile advertising network snapped up last fall by Google (GOOG) before Apple (AAPL) could buy it.

In this month's report, AdMob compares February 2009 with February 2010 in the three categories of mobile devices it serves. The bottom line:

  • Smartphones (like the iPhone): Up 193% year over year in absolute terms as their share of AdMob's traffic in an expanding market grew from 35% to 48%
  • Feature phones (like most Samsung, Nokia and LG phones): Up 31% in absolute terms as the mobile Internet space expanded. But their share of AdMob's traffic fell from 58% to 35%
  • Mobile Internet devices (chiefly the iPod touch, but also connected game systems like the Sony PSP and Nintendo DSi): Up 403% in absolute terms as their traffic share grew from about 7% to 17%.

Click to enlarge. Source: AdMob

The pie chart at right is a snapshot of the smartphone traffic in Feb. 2010 broken down by operating system. Apple's iPhone still has the largest share of AdMob traffic, having grown from 33% to 50% year over year, but the Android phones are gaining fast, up from 2% to 24%. Nokia's (NOK) Symbian, once the world's smartphone leader, continued to lose ground, from 43% to 18%.

Research in Motion's (RIMM) BlackBerry and Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Mobile are thin slivers in AdMob's pie, not much bigger than "Other."

The usual caveats apply. Although AdMob serves up billions of annoying mobile ads each month, they are not evenly distributed among the platforms. As the small print at the bottom of the report puts it:

"AdMob does not claim that this information will be necessarily representative of the mobile Web as a whole or of any particular country-market. AdMob’s traffic is driven by publisher relationships and may be influenced accordingly."

The full report includes a pie chart on individual manufacturers and country-by-country breakdowns on the U.S., the U.K., Indonesia, India and South Africa. You can read it here.

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Smartphone traffic is up 193% in a year : brainstormtech

Dell Launches 'World's Lightest' Android Smartphone

Look familiar?

Yes, Dell is bringing its Android-based Mini 3i smartphone to the West and has performed some welcome nip and tucks. Now dubbed the Dell 'Aero' the handset is claimed to be the lightest Android phone to date - though with this being the case, as usual Dell has not revealed exactly how much the Aero weighs so we can check its facts.

So aside from this mysterious resistance to gravity what else do we know? Well for a start it carries over the 3.5in display with a 640 x 360 pixel resolution, ups the camera seen on the Mini 3i from three to 5MP, has 3G, GPS and WiFi and while Dell also refuses to just leave Android alone, the skin looks tolerable with native Picasa, Flickr, Facebook, YouTube and Twitpic integration.

When will we get it in the UK/Europe? At this stage we simply don't know, but I suspect it will largely depend on how network negotiations go. Grey imports do seem likely though, so if you're interested in owning the lightest Android phone of unknown weight then keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks.

trustedreviews : Dell Launches 'World's Lightest' Android Smartphone

Dell Aero Product Page at AT&T

Samsung Galaxy S i9000, Android Super Amoled

Samsung Galaxy i9000.

LAS VEGAS, KOMPAS.com - Ponsel-ponsel buatan Samsung banyak yang dikenal dengan kualitas layarnya yang jernih dan tajam berkat penggunaan teknologi OLED (organic light emitting diode). Tapi, perangkat terbaru yang baru diperkenalkan ini, kualitasnya grafisnya jauh lebih baik bahkan bisa dikatakan sejernih kristal karena menggunakan super AMOLED (amorphous OLED).

Samsung Galaxy S i9000 yang dipamerkan dalam ajang konferensi telekomunikasi CTIA 2010 tersebut berbasis platform Android buatan Google. Tidak tanggung-tanggung yang dipakai Android 2.1, versi terbaru yang digunakan Nexus One buatan

Kemampuan komputasinya pun didukung prosesor Snapdragon 1 GHz dari Qualcomm yang merupakan prosesor terbaik untuk smartphone saat ini. Fitur lainnya kamera 5 megapixel, aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, dan WiFi b/g/n.

Sejauh ini, i9000 merupakan ponsel buatan Samsung dengan layar paling lebar yakni 4 inci. Layarnya dilengkapi teknologi mDNIe (mobile digital nature imagine engine) yang menampilkan foto selamiah mungkin. Teknologi tersebut sudah dipakai di layar LCD maupun LED buatan Samsung.

Dengan spesifikasi seperti itu, i9000 kelihatannya bersaing ketat dengan Nexus One, iPhone, dan Android kelas atas lainnya. Kapan tersedia di pasar, direncanakan pada musim panas ini sekitar Juni-Juli 2010, namun jangan tanya berapa harganya. Jadi, tunggu saja.

HTC EVO 4G is Sprint's Android-powered knight in superphone armor, we go hands-on

We've been rumoring a WiMAX "HTC Supersonic" for a while now, and Sprint just dropped the hard news: the phone will be dubbed the HTC EVO 4G, will be released this Summer and it's easily the best specced phone we've ever witnessed. The hardware is of quite obvious HD2 descent, but with Android onboard and some nice aesthetic tweaks, the EVO 4G takes on a life of its own.

The handset is centered around a 480 x 800 4.3-inch TFT LCD, with a Snapdragon QSD8650 1GHz processor under the hood (the CDMA version of the QSD8250 in the HD2 and Nexus One), and even a helpful 1GB of built-in memory and 512MB of RAM -- hello app storage! Even the battery is bigger than the HD2, and the camera is an 8 megapixel monstrosity with flash, that's capable of 720p video, and is augmented by a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for good measure. The phone features HDMI out (though you'll need an adapter for turning it into a TV-familiar HDMI plug), 802.11b/g WiFi, and an 8GB microSD card.

There's that still-rare Android 2.1 underneath an updated version of HTC's Sense UI. But... despite all these wild features, what actually sets the EVO 4G apart is the fact that it's Sprint's first 4G phone. The handset runs a combo of EV-DO Rev. A and WiMAX, with calls still being made over CDMA and the EV-DO / WiMAX options for data. Interestingly, it sounds like concurrent data and voice use might be possible for the first time on CDMA carrier in this way (killing AT&T's well-advertised differentiator), though Sprint says that's still in the testing phase.

One other new feature is the Sprint hotspot app, another MiFi-style connection sharing number, which is obviously aided greatly by the WiMAX on board and can support up to eight concurrent users. Follow after the break for our hands-on impressions and videos of the phone in action, including an up-close-and-personal test of the touchscreen keyboard. Below you'll find galleries of the phone by its lonesome and up against the Nexus One and iPhone 3G.

Update: We've got a graph comparing the Nexus One and Droid with the EVO spec for spec, and there's also a pictorial shootout with the Desire and HD2. Pick your comparo poison!

By Paul Miller posted Mar 23rd 2010 4:26PM

Dell unveils Aero first Android handset on AT T

Dell on Monday announced its first Google Android-based smartphone, the Aero, on AT&T.

Announced minutes after the Palm Pre and Pixi on AT&T, the Aero is Dell’s first smartphone in the U.S., and will feature a “new, custom user interface” developed by Dell and AT&T.

The smartphone offers Wi-Fi connectivity and a 5.0 megapixel camera, but no more details have been announced.

Dell calls the device a “sibling” of the Dell Mini 3 in Brazil and China, which also uses Android.

Posted by Andrew Nusca


Myriad Tool Converts Java Apps for Android Phones

Mobile software company Myriad Group announced J2Android, which will make it possible for Java-based mobile applications to run on Android-based phones, the company said on Monday.

The J2Android tool converts existing Java applications, including games, to run on Dalvik, which is the virtual machine used on all Android devices. Besides converting the application, J2Android will let the application be rescaled to fit the screen of the Android device, according to Simon Wilkinson, CEO at Myriad. It can also add softkeys, if the original application was developed for phones with a numerical keypad, Wilkinson said.

Anyone with a large library of Java-based applications can use J2Android to make those applications available for Android-based smartphones. Currently, J2Android is being tested by "one of the biggest European operators and a number of major content vendors," according to Wilkinson, who can't say which ones.

The boon for Android users will be more applications to choose from. An increased number of Android applications can also help fuel the platform's popularity. Apple has proven that the number of available applications can affect the popularity of a device, according to Wilkinson.

Myriad would like to see the converted applications run on Dalvik Turbo, which Myriad has developed and hopes smartphone vendors will use as a replacement for the standard Dalvik virtual machine. The allure is faster application-execution speed and a longer battery life, according to Myriad.

Myriad expects to see the first Android-based smartphones with Dalvik Turbo appear by the end of the second quarter or early in the third quarter, according to Wilkinson. J2Android will also start being used by the end of the second quarter, he said. Pricing was not announced.

By Mikael Ricknäs, IDG News Service

Android WePad: 11.6 inch tablet

The iPad isn’t even out yet and it is facing heavy competition from Android tablets. As far as specs and looks goes there are multiple Android tablets that has equal or far better specs then the iPad and this is one of the best Android tablets in the making.

This is the first of a series of devices from Neofonie, there is also rumors of an eReader in the works. The WePad has a screen of 11.6 inches (1366 x 768), an Intel Atom N450 at 1.66 GHz, GMA 3150, memory of 16 GB NAND Flash (or 32 GB internal + 32 GB optional SD card), a webcam, two USB ports, flash card reader, a UMTS modem and six hours of battery life. Not to mention Adobe Flash and Air support. This device will also feature its own App Store and the Android Market should be onboard as well.

[via frandroid]

Samsung Tablet To Sport Android And 4G Connectivity?

This is still unconfirmed at the moment, but word is going around that the recently mentioned Samsung tablet might be powered by Google’s Android OS instead of some edition of Microsoft’s Windows 7. To make the deal even juicier, apparently the device could feature calling via a headset, possibly with some implementation of VoIP, 3G and perhaps even 4G connectivity. Nothing is set in stone at the moment, so we’ll have to keep an eye on this. If it were up to you, what specifications would you give the Samsung tablet?

Samsung Tablet To Sport Android And  4G Connectivity?

Samsung Tablet To Sport Android And 4G Connectivity?

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