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Phase II: New technological capabilities articles

This article provides a summary of the four previous articles of Phase II: New technological capabilities

This article describes the capabilities that enable the mobile device to generate contextually relevant information and services.

This article explores how communications networks will enable interaction of the user's physical context data with information and applications in the cloud to create the virtual context layer.

This article focuses mainly on physical context information harvested and packaged by accelerometers, gyroscopes and other mobile device sensors that create a picture of the state of the device.

PwC forecasts that the next phase of mobile innovation will revolve around capturing and modeling the contextual situation of mobile users. Such knowledge will become the primary resource for predictive mobile applications and services that will address mobile users’ needs and desires in near real-time, and often before the users themselves reveal what they want.
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Phase I: PwC's Mobile technologies index articles

According to this final article in PwC's Mobile Technologies Index series, the rate of performance increases for these seven enabling components of mobile innovation — memory, application processor, storage, infrastructure speed, device speed, imaging and display technology — is expected to decelerate only slightly between 2011 and 2016.

According to this new article in PwC's Mobile Technologies Index series, thinner, lighter, larger and sturdier displays with improved resolution, touch sensitivity and power efficiency will enable many mobile innovations through 2015.

Improvements in image sensors, MEMS and software will enable future-generation smartphones to provide new use cases and new capabilities classified as machine vision.

Continuing improvement in the price-performance curve will lead to robust growth in the amount of storage in mobile devices.

By 2015 average smartphones will have 40 percent of the 4GB of DRAM that PCs on average have today. Likewise, by 2015 the top 10 percent of smartphones will have 65 percent of the DRAM that PCs have today, and will perform correspondingly. The trend for tablets is even more dramatic. The figure on the left shows the actual amounts of DRAM in gigabytes, on average, over our forecast period.

PwC predicts growing application processor speed likely to launch next wave of mobile innovation within the next two years. It will enable various mobile device use cases, likely to include more powerful multitasking operating systems, more immersive and natural user interfaces and more powerful graphics, including 3D.

By 2015, we expect three factors associated with the transition to 4G technology---share of infrastructure investment, share of devices and share of subscribers---to reach levels that could trigger a robust period of 4G innovation. This article explains how we reached these conclusions and delves into some of the developments we might expect to see as 4G hits the benchmarks needed to cause a surge in innovation.

A look at the first component of PwC's Mobile Technologies Index, device connectivity speed which is a combination of the modem technology inside the device (fixed) and speed capability of the infrastructure (varied).

Where will the disruptions in mobile innovation arise over the next five years? How will they change consumer and employee behaviour? What business opportunities will result? What can companies do to take advantage of these disruptions? How do they fit into broader market trends now driving the technology sector? Discover the answers to these question and learn about PwC's Mobile Technologies Index.

According to this article in PwC's Mobile Technologies Index series, the smartphone seems to acquire more cognitive capabilities with each major product release—regardless of the OEM.


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