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February 27, 2012

Smarter Smartphones Putting Strain on Data Transfer Rates


There is very little doubt that smartphones are only going to become smarter in the next few years. The only thing that could possibly hold them back would be networks that simply cannot handle their loads. Lighter and faster smartphones are set to debut at the upcoming MWC and because of this, there is a race between wireless providers to find a way to allow their networks to keep up. 


Among the companies that are looking to release even better and badder phones are Nokia (News - Alert), LG and Sony. The Mobile World Congress will open today, and those three companies are just a few of the cellular providers who will be rolling out brand new products. All of these new smartphones will have some of the best processors around with IHS (News - Alert) Global Insight analyst Ian Fogg predicting that, “We are likely to see a number of high-end Android (News - Alert) phones with very fast, light quad core processors.” 

Fogg also believes that the screens for these new smartphones are also going to get bigger, and that the larger screen and faster processors will enable more gaming on the smartphones. The Galaxy Note, which AT&T (News - Alert) released on February 19th, is just one example of a smartphone that is being used in ways no one could have imagined just five years ago.

The quad core would actually be quite a boost in speeds. Right now, most smartphones are operating on dual-core processors but the advanced uses are meaning that the phones will need to operate even faster in the very near future. The problem with quad core is that while the phone might be able to run faster, data usage is going to be even more scarce. 

Mobile data traffic is expected to grow 33 times from 2010 to 2020 meaning that quite a few tech eyes will be focused squarely what telecom companies do. Of course, the most obvious fix for this would be for companies like Sprint (News - Alert) to increase the number of cities that offer the 4G network. So far, the rollout for this network has been relatively slow, but telecom companies are going to have to stay ahead of the curve or risk backlash from their customers.






Edited by Jennifer Russell










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