Will Mobile Internet Device Kill of Smartphone’s?

Mobile internet devices (MID) is an amazing new gadget, it will revolutionise the way we communicate and conduct business on the move. The Mobile Internet Device (MID) is a multimedia-capable handheld computer providing wireless Internet access via 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity. They are designed to provide entertainment, information and location-based services, which will allow users to access real time information on-the-go with full browser based capabilities. In a nutshell a Mobile Internet Device would be device mid-way between mobile phones and computers.

With the constant development of new Internet services and the growth of the web 2.0 phenomenon, companies like Yahoo, Google, MySpace, Skype Google Maps are developing and creating exciting new products and services, such as cloud enabled modules and applications, this goes to show that the future of mobile computing rests in devices that are truly mobile, always connected and providing a rich Internet browsing experience to the end users at all times.

As the Internet Device market expands and consumers gain confidence in the product ability to perform, an architectural battle is being waged between major hardware and software vendors for market capitalisation, this is especially evident between Intel and ARM corporation, as they are encroaching on each other’s turf in much the same way that Symbian and Mac OS X are battling for mess market dominance for Mobile OS platform.

Intel started this fight by challenging ARM with the Atom processor, which is moving downmarket and towards powering Smartphone and communication devices. Intel’s strategy is to provide X86 based processors that will “offer leading performance while reducing the footprint and power consumption. Atom processors are currently featured in the majority of net books and on some Internet Devices which are available on the market.

ARM instruction set, which dominates mobile phone and PDA’s isn’t widely known outside the mobile communication industry, but it designs processor cores for chips that power more than 90 percent of the world’s mobile communication devices.

ARM’s director of mobile solutions, Rob Coombs has confirmed that a number of manufacturers have agreed to build netbooks and Mobile Internet Devices powered by the ARM architecture, I assume some of the manufacturers belong to the ARM Processor Foundry licensee’s Program.

ARM chief executive officer ,”Warren East has made the following statement in an interview with Digi Time “We have also launched our high performance, low power consumption Cortex-A8 and A9 platforms for MID (Mobile Internet Device) products. We have strong confidence in the MID market and look forward to seeing ARM-based MID products hit the market in 2009. Currently the First Generation of Internet Devices such as the Nokia N97 and Apple iPhone both are based on the popular ARM processors.

A mobile internet device (MID) in my analysis has the correct ingredients and the mobility to shape the mobile internet world for years to come, this new gadget can have profound effect on almost every aspect of our lives just like the growing and the endless impact we have been experiencing from the development of the world-wide-web.

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4G Internet technology: Harbinger of a new era for mobile communication

Evolution of wireless networking as a technology

Technology is increasing and updating itself at a rapid pace across all the domains. Internet technology is one such segment that has registered phenomenal development in the last couple of decades. The era of wireless communication began with 2G and was followed by 3G communication. This was also considered as advancement in technology. Now, mobile users across the world are excited with the latest 4G mobile communication technology.

Know about 4G

4G is the fourth generation of wireless network technology that promises a lot to enable mobile communication with high output and least hassles. 4G users enjoy seamless wireless networks on their mobile devices and they enjoy wireless connectivity similar to the home broadband network. 4G succeeds the 3G wireless network technology and carries forward better speed, service and other benefits to the consumer. Simply put, it allows you to browse more, download more and stream more data by taking the same time.

4G and benefits

4G is not only faster than 3G but also provides many new advantages to the user. It is bound to expand the ambit of wireless network and accommodate many more other features than just speed. The concept of a ‘smart home’ could become a reality with 4G, as you would be able to connect and operate many of the appliances at home through your phone.

If it is not exaggerated then it may be deduced that schools will become redundant because teachers will now be able to deliver lectures online to be received at more than hundred locations simultaneously. Using this technology, students in remote villages as well as small towns would be able to enjoy the privilege to virtually attend the lectures of highly learned teachers.

4G to attain unimaginable speed

During the initial days of 4G technology, service providers say that devices running on 4G can attain an uploading speed of 40 mbps and downloading speed upto 20 mbps. However, the maximum speed that 4G can provide is 100 mbps for devices with high mobility communication during travel in vehicles and 1 gigabit per second for devices with low mobility communication used by pedestrians or stationary users.

The service standards discussed above are prescribed and monitored by the International Telecommunication Union-Radio Communication Sector (ITU-R) to produce a clear picture about what can be termed as 4G. 4G has been debated all over the world since its conception because of many confusions and ambiguities about this new technology.

Most of the users understand 4G as a wireless network service with better speed and features but while seen technically, 4G uses packet data switching techniques that distinguish it from others. Most importantly, 4G does not support the traditional circuit-switched telephony service, rather it facilitates communication over Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

Technically, all 2G, 3G and 4G use the same frequency but the modulation used by them is different. One of the major differences between the 3G and 4G is the concept of time slots for every user. Only few countries have been able to provide 4G on LTE (long term evolution) platform.

What is LTE?

LTE is a new technology that allows high internet speed and high volumes of data transfer comparatively at a lower cost. It precisely refers to a 4G wireless communications standard brought forward by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). LTE was aimed to provide up to 10x the speeds of 3G networks for the users of mobile devices including smartphones, tablets, notebooks netbooks and wireless hotspots.

The 4G technology is yet to appear in its full swing. Once most of the countries across the globe adopt it and build infrastructure to provide this facility to their consumers, the face of wireless communication is all set to be overhauled completely. In the coming years, consumers will see faster uploading, downloading and streaming of online data because of this latest technological advancement.

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