Young adults aged 18 to 30 years old now prefer smartphones over laptops, according to a survey conducted by the research unit of tech giant Cisco. The California-based company surveyed 1,800 university students online across 18 countries, with 100 respondents per country, and asked the question, “If you had to choose just one device to own, which would it be?”
The research reveals that in four countries – including the U.S. – the smartphone was preferred by the respondents, while in the remaining 14 countries, the laptop was preferred over the smartphone but only by a small margin. On a whole, thirty-seven percent of the respondents preferred laptops, while smartphones came in second at 32%. Tablets came in last at 11% while desktop computers followed smartphones at 16%.
Experts at Cisco attribute the popularity of the smartphone to its convenience, and constantly evolving technology which keeps users connected. However, not all countries showed that the powerful handheld mobile devices are reigning. In Poland, only 11% of the respondents preferred the smartphone.
Check out this video of a satellite ground station also known as a teleport facility (short for telecommunications port facility) through the view of the Google Earth application. These ground stations are the crucial links between end users and the powerful satellites orbiting the earth. Without them, there is no use in launching communications satellites. The Adelaide teleport facility you see in the video is operated by the Australian satellite company, NewSat Ltd. They use this facility to uplink to a range of satellites in both the C band and Ku band and deliver services such as data, video, and voice conferences; wireless backhaul solutions and broadcast networks; and even internet on satellite solutions for remote locations. The NBN project, also in Australia, is already building their own network of satellite ground stations, ten to be exact, that would be spread across Australia and uplink to Ka band satellite also under construction. The ten teleport facilities will be a crucial link for the provision of broadband access across Australia.
Demand for gadgets running on Google’s Android platform has surged and just last week, it was announced that the OS already has 72% of the global smartphone market share. Three out of four smartphones are now running on Android and experts say Google will continue taking a bite on Apple’s share as consumer continue to look for an innovative and low-cost alternative to the iPhone and even iPad devices running on the closed ecosystem of the iOS.
Google’s OS has been a key factor in the rise of smartphones since Android was introduced back in 2008. Apple’s hold on the tablet market has also been affected, with shares falling to 50% from 65%, as more Android devices gain tract. Experts point out to Android’s stretch across a variety of smartphone and tablet manufacturers which cover a large range of price points as key to its success.
Just last week, it was announced Samsung’s Galaxy S3 overtook the iPhone 4s as the world’s best selling smartphone, and the South Korean tech giant is just one of many companies launching devices on the Android platform. Google’s fast-paced innovation has also been hurting Apple, as Android benefits from its open source platform, allowing users to freely improve the OS, providing crucial insights to Google along the way, and delivering the necessary feedback for constant innovation. On the other hand, Apple has been very tight in controlling its products’ software and hardware.
According to Gartner Inc, sales of smartphone and tablet computers will surpass the one billion mark by 2013, as sales for 2012 are already making its way to 821 million. The technology research and advisory firm said that they expect sales of smart device to be around 1.2 billion by next year.
Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner, explained that although these smart devices will not replace the desktop computers, more consumers especially businesses, will embrace the technology and look into strategies that will maximize the use of the said devices, making them even more ubiquitous.
The Stamford-based research firm also forecasted that “two-thirds of the mobile workforce” will own a smartphone by 2016. Milanesi notes that tablets will also be more pronounced as a business tool, with over 13 million already in used this year. By 2016, the numbers are expected to rise to 53 million.
Android-devices would still take a lion’s share of the smartphone market in the coming years. Gartner estimates that by 2016, 56% of smartphones used in Europe and North America will be Android-based. Google is challenging tech-giant Apple with its more open smartphone eco-system which is winning more customers.
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October has turned out to be a pretty busy month for many tech companies, with product launches right and left. After introducing the iPhone 5, Apple also took the time last week to debut the iPad mini. Microsoft also launched the new Windows 8 operating system, and along with, a number of new devices – including an upgraded Windows 8-based smartphone, and the Surface tablet – that will work with the latest ecosystem. Samsung, despite losing a billion dollar patent-infringement case to Apple, is already prepared to launch the Galaxy S4 a mere months after it debuted the S3.
Now, Internet-giant Google is ready to take its turn in the spotlight. Although the company has cancelled the event in New York City where it planned to launch its new devices due to Hurricane Sandy, it also announced the arrival of a new Nexus smartphone, and tablet. Google said the latest devices will be using the Android 4.2 operating system more popularly known as Jelly Bean.
According to Google, the 4.7-inch Nexus smartphone was built in partnership with LG. Aside from running on the latest Android OS, the Nexus 4 smartphone is also equipped with a new keyboard, as well as wireless charging features. The device also features Miracast – a wireless streaming technology which allows the device to stream movies directly to HD TV’s.
On the other hand, the Nexus 10 tablet, which was made with Samsung, features the highest resolution for a tablet yet at 2560-by-1600 pixel. Equipped with a 5MP rear camera and a 1.9 MP front camera, the Nexus 10 runs on dual-core Cortex-A15 processor, and gives nine hours of video playback, and 500 hours of standby time.
Price range for the Nexus smartphone is $299 for the 8GB version and $349 for 16GB. The Nexus 10 tablet on the other hand will cost $399 for the 16GB version and $499 for the 32GB version.
Is Apple planning to steal Microsoft’s spotlight?
The Redmond-based tech giant is scheduled for a historic launch of the Windows 8 and the Surface tablet-device on Friday but Apple is already set to announce tomorrow the iPad mini which could possibly take the attention away from Microsoft.
According to experts, Apple is set to introduced the smaller, and cheaper iPad tablet tomorrow. Some expect the new device to be priced below $500 and could go as low as $250. At half-the size of the original iPad, Apple is looking into biting the market share competitor Microsoft hopes to tap with its Surface tablet. Based on market research, devices, in particular tablet computers, priced around $300 do well in terms of sales.
On the other hand, software giant Microsoft, is spending over a billion dollars in what is billed as its “most important and historic” launch since the introduction of the Windows 95. The company is also launching the Surface tablet, priced between $559 to $789, which is equipped with 64GB worth of storage, a 10.6-inch screen which uses Microsoft’s ClearType HD display technology. It will also feature two-kinds of keyboards – the Type Cover with physical keys, and the pressure-sensitive Touch Cover – both of which connect to the Surface via magnetic strips.
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A new smartphone application goes beyond your usual call blocker, photo editor, or virtual game. This one actually saves lives.
The new IBG Star Blood Glucose Meter mobile application, developed by iBGstar, is a mobile application that can seamlessly integrate with an iPhone and help those who suffer from diabetes monitor their blood sugar levels anytime, anywhere, using simply their phones. The company behind the modern meter has been focusing their efforts into developing cutting-edge applications that allows for easier management of diabetes especially those with busy lifestyles.
The device, which costs less than a hundred dollars, has yet to gain approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But the US Government has already passed a bill to create a department solely focused on mobile health and the rise of mobile health applications.
The iBGStar uses the Dynamic Electrochemistry technology to analyze blood samples, and is equipped with a plasma equivalent calibration technology for more accurate readings. The device is combined with the mobile manager, and syncs the data to help someone suffering from diabetes keep track of blood sugar levels in real time, prompting the user, when to adjust his or her insulin. The data can also be shared with a patient’s physician through its connectivity capabilities.
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