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Modular Smartphones in Market

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Consumer Electronics, Enterprise Mobility, Semiconductor, Smart Devices | 0 comments

Almost 18 month back, I had written a blog on Project Ara. Google (Motorola Mobility) launched Project Ara to develop modular smartphones with the announcement of Fairphone 2 (module/customizable) in December 2015. Neither Project Ara based phone nor Fairphone 2 phone are yet to hit the market, though the latter has sold 40,000 units of pre-ordered phones. LG has demonstrated its interesting modular smart phone LG G5 in MWC 2016 and launched it in February 2016. Similar to Module Developer Kit (MDK) of Google Project Ara, LG has released SDK and MDK for G5 to build its own market place for G5 modules [LG calls them LG Friends] Of...

Automotive: Native applications vs Web applications

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Automotive, Smart Devices, Wireless | 0 comments

There seems to be a trend of automotive products such as IVI Systems and Instrument Cluster among others that are using web based applications for all purposes such as media playback, vehicle information, etc. The other option for these applications is native application. So the question we must ask: Which one is better – Web based or native? With Web based applications, car infotainment system, instrument cluster OEMs will be able to reuse applications across all their products. This is very important because OEMs will have products based on multiple operating systems – QNX, ITRON, Android, Linux. OEMs will prefer to reuse from the perspective of cost saving, time-to-market...

Can Indian telecom operators and Automotive OEMs join hands for a safer connected car?

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Automotive, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless | 0 comments

The pace of evolution of the automobile industry rivals other scientific advancements like healthcare and Information Technology (IT.) From being considered a luxury item, not more than a decade ago, today cars have become commonplace even in emerging markets. Even as international brands and models jostle for space on our congested roads, our public transport system has not been able to keep pace with the rising demands of a mobile population. The rise of the automotive industry somewhat parallels the changes we have witnessed in the telecom industy. Over the last two decades, we have seen the democratization of mobile technology, spreading fast to envelope the world – developed...

ZigBee in Smartphones

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Consumer Electronics, Smart Devices, Wireless | 0 comments

ZigBee has been around since 2003, the year of standardization, but is not as common as BLE which started in 2010. ZigBee is predominantly used in only home automation solutions as home devices such because lights, doors, windows, etc. have adapted ZigBee as a low connectivity solution. ZigBee will continue to be used for these solutions in near and medium term due to cost involved in switching to any other technology. But the question remains: Will it grow in home automation solutions and will it be able to enter smartphones? ZigBee has just remained in announcements and in academic activities. It has not gone beyond home automation solutions and...

Vulkan: New Phase of Graphics Interfaces?

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Consumer Electronics, Semiconductor, Smart Devices | 0 comments

The 1970’s saw the birth of the specialized graphic chips to be used as part of the early video games hardware. The technology has been evolving since then. The need to use proprietary driver and interfaces for the software attached to the hardware Software on this hardware had to use proprietary driver with proprietary interfaces which was making maintenance expensive and causing delays in deployment. Some of the graphics chips launched in the early 1990s were Fujitsu’s MB14241, TI TMS34010, IBM8514, and Sharp X68000. Each of these chips had its own software interfaces and it was a time that saw an increase in the number of graphics hardware in...

Mushrooming Mobile Wallets and Payment Applications

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Consumer Electronics, Enterprise Mobility, Networks, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless | 0 comments

First, plastic money replaced physical money. And now, digital money has taken over the role of the plastic credit and debit cards. We are talking about mobile wallets and payment solutions that have replaced the way we were handling electronic financial transactions. Though companies like PayTM and MobiKwik have been around for a few years now, they have recently become popular. Applications such as Momo and Ultracash have partnered with mobile wallets to help users to pay easily using their mobile phones at various partner places such as restaurants, malls and cinema multiplexes. These applications provide the option of registering credit cards, debit cards for payment to various merchants....