Monday, 15 September 2014

The Future mobile technology thats going to rule hereafter

In just a few years, smartphones have taken over our lives – half of the UK population now owns one. We’re hooked on touchscreens, apps and smartphone smugness but there are still plenty of surprises in store.

Here’s a taster of the innovations you might carry in your pocket in years to come.

Bendy screens

Touchscreens made phones more intuitive than ever, and the next generation of screens promises to revolutionise our habits yet again. Several companies are working on the first phones with flexible screens, expected to hit the shops by late 2012.
The innovation inside these bendy screens is OLEDs (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) - thin films of organic molecules that produce light when you run an electric current through them. Often less than a millimetre thick and offering a bright, crisp image with low power consumption, it’s not just flexibility that makes OLEDs a popular choice. 

OLEDs could pave the way for bigger screens that fold away neatly,  and new ways of controlling your phone by bending or twisting its screen.

Read about how OLEDs are also being used to treat skin cancer

Self-powered phones

It’s a simple trade off:  the more processing power is packed into your smartphone, the faster its battery charge vanishes. A phone that powers itself sounds like a dream come true – and it might just happen.

Piezoelectric devices can convert mechanical movement into electric current. They rely on piezoelectric materials, which generate a tiny electric current when flexed or pressed. Microphones, amongst other things, use this effect to turn sound into an electrical signal.

The amount of power produced by piezoelectricity is usually miniscule, but at the nano scale, even the tiniest of movements can be harnessed. The latest research into nanomaterials promises ultra efficient systems that could power your phone using the vibrations of your voice or the tapping of your fingertips on a touchscreen.

Read about the future of power generation: Three alternative ways to charge your iPod 

Near Field Communications

Near Field Communication (or NFC for short) chips already exist inside some smartphones and they’re predicted to get bigger and bigger in the next few years. As the name suggest, NFC allows contactless communication between two devices – a bit like Bluetooth, except that you don’t need to programme the devices to ‘speak’ to each other. The short range of NFC chips (about 4 cm) also means they can be used to transmit information securely.

NFC chips are used in transport passes in many cities worldwide (including London’s Oyster card), but adding them to phones opens new possibilities. Japan is leading the game when it comes to NFC technology, with Japanese consumers already using their phones as payment cards, hotel keys, airport boarding passes and more. 

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Mobile application development

Android, iOS, BlackBerry, HP webOS, Symbian OS, Bada from Samsung, and Windows Mobile support typical application binaries as found on personal computers with code which executes in the native machine format of the processor (the ARM architecture is a dominant design used on many current models). Windows Mobile can also be compiled to x86 executables for debugging on a PC without a processor emulator, and also supports the Portable Executable (PE) format associated with the .NET Framework. Windows Mobile, Android, HP webOS and iOS offer free SDKs and integrated development environments to developers.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Mobile application testing

Mobile applications are first tested within the development environment using emulators and later subjected to field testing. Emulators provide an inexpensive way to test applications on mobile phones to which developers may not have physical access. The following are examples of tools used for testing application across the most popular mobile operating systems.

Google Android Emulator

It is Android Emulator which is patched to run on a Windows PC as a standalone app without having to download and install the complete and complex Android SDK. It can be installed and Android compatible apps can be tested on it.

Official Android SDK Emulator

It includes a mobile device emulator which mimics all of the hardware and software features of a typical mobile device (without the calls).
eggPlant for mobile testing:eggPlant delivers a robotic solution to mobile testing across all operating systems and devices.


MobiOne Developer is a mobile Web IDE for Windows that helps developers to code, test, debug, package and deploy mobile Web applications to devices such as iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, and the Palm Pre.


It is a web browser based simulator for quickly testing iPhone web applications. This tool has been tested and works using Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 2 and Safari 3.


It gives a pixel-accurate web browsing environment and it is powered by Safari. It can be used while developing web sites for the iPhone. It is not an iPhone simulator but instead is designed for web developers who want to create 320 by 480 (or 480 by 320) websites for use with iPhone.iPhoney will only run on Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later.

BlackBerry Simulator

There are a variety of official BlackBerry simulators available to emulate the functionality of actual BlackBerry products and test how the BlackBerry device software, screen, keyboard and trackwheel will work with application.

ZAP-fiX for Mobile Application Testing:ZAP-fiX delivers a universal solution to mobile application testing across all operating systems and devices.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Mobile application development

Mobile application development is the process by which application software is developed for small low-power handheld devices such as personal digital assistants, enterprise digital assistants or mobile phones. These applications are either pre-installed on phones during manufacture, or downloaded by customers from various mobile software distribution platforms.