Ready for it? 2018 smartphones will have up to 512GB of ultra-fast storage memory

Yes, smartphones are already so fast we have grown accustomed to it. But technology dictates that they will be getting even faster… unless someone established an upper limit and we hit the ceiling. It could happen… like a 100 years from now, or so. But the near future holds no such promises. Rather, it sees UFS storage for smartphones and other mobile devices capable of read/write performance of up to 50,000 / 40,000 IOPS – available as early as next year! For perspective, consider that current UFS memory solutions hang around 19,000 / 14,000 IOPS (input/output operations …


The first phone with a battery that charges in just 20 minutes is coming by early 2018

Just yesterday, Chinese phone maker Meizu, known for its good-looking affordable phones, surprised everyone by announcing an impressive new ‘Super mCharge’ fast charging technology. By using an upgraded data cable and clever circuitry, Meizu said that this new technology makes it possible to fully charge a phone’s battery in just 20 minutes. We were impressed, but doubtful: after all, Meizu did not say when is it planning on bringing this new tech to actual devices and without a release date, it all seemed like one of many rosy and not completely realistic promises …

Digital Radio Listeners Seen to Hit 200 Million in 2018

According to the web site, latest data showed that the number of internet radio listeners would swell from the current 159.8 million in 2014 to 183.4 million by 2018.

“Digital radio listeners are now at mass-market proportions, representing just more than half of the population and nearly two-thirds of internet users,” eMarketer said.

Listening hours are also expected to increase in the United States, according to AccuStream Research forecast.

The company said average monthly hours are expected to increase from 4.22 billion in 2014 to 6.7 billion in 2016.

eMarketer also noted strong demand for personal stations, which provide songs based on the user’s preference, existing digital music collection and previous listening activity, as well as digital extensions of over-the-air stations.

The digital marketing firm also noted a shift from desktop computers to smart phones, tablets, in-car systems and other electronic gadgets equipped with digital radio applications.

Another observation is a mix of monetization models, from free access but with advertisements to paid subscription for ad-free unlimited listening.

It is no surprise that the social media platform Audioboo is hosting the audio channels of big media networks like BBC, Fox Sports, ESPN, Al Jazeera, and even that of publications like The Guardian, The Telegraph, among others.

The streaming site has seen the potential of spoken word content through partnerships with networks and publications for content.

Audioboo is operated by Audioboom Group PLC (BOOM.L) which trades in the London Stock Exchange. It has 2.5 million subscribers and 2,000 channels, not to mention at least 13 million active users through website, mobile applications, among others.

Audioboom, which is said to be the audio version of Youtube, provides a feature of embedded players that allows clips to play on Facebook and Twitter.

Audioboom rakes in revenues through its multiple income generating features: paid subscriptions for heavy users, commission from sale of premium content and advertising.

The streaming site allows users to upload for free content up to ten minutes duration. But it charges users for premium content – £6.99 per month or £60 per annum for uploaded clips that can last up to 60 minutes, and average of £500 per channel.

Audioboom is a SaaS based digital social media audio platform enabling the creation, broadcast and consumption of audio across multiple global media outlets. Audioboom works with some of the biggest names in broadcasting across sport, entertainment and current affairs to bring their content to millions of listeners worldwide via Facebook, Twitter and other media platforms.

The technology allows partners to embed playlists onto their sites and apps, use our mobile apps and functionality as listen again players and re- syndicate their content around the web.
Audioboom also allows the monetisation of audio via the dynamic insertion of pre and post roll advertising into content as a user is listening, allowing contemporary advertising selection, depending on content genre and geographic location of the user.

Audioboom has over 1,700 content partners, including the BBC, Telegraph, Guardian, CBS, Sky Sports, Premier League, Southern Cross Austereo, Reuters, CNBC, Universal and Fox.

Audioboom has over 1,700 content partners, including the BBC, Telegraph, Guardian, CBS, Sky Sports, Premier League, Southern Cross Austereo, Reuters, CNBC, Universal and Fox.

2018 Smartphone Monster 18GB RAM 1.2TB storage Snapdragon 830s

Turing announces Monolith Chaconne with 3 Snapdragon 830s, 4K display, 18GB of RAM, and much more. Turing Robotics Industries (TRI) with some more craziness after introducing the Turing Phone Cadenza last week. The company has just announced the Turing Monolith Chaconne, a smartphone with specs even stranger than its name, through an email newsletter.

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The above announcement by TRI come two months after the firm finally managed to ship the pilot Turing Phone, a crowdfunded Android handset, to early backers, after much delay and some revisions.

Coming to Turing Monolith Chaconne, let’s have a look at its specifications at a glance:

• 6.4-inch 4K display with 2160×3840 pixel resolution
• 3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 processors
• 18GB of LPDDR4X RAM (or 3 x 6GB memory chips)
• 1.2TB of storage (3 x 256GB memory, 512GB via microSD card)
• 60MP quad rear camera with Triplet Lens/T1.2 and iMAX 6K
• 20MP dual front camera
• Swordfish OS with deep learning (AI) features based on Sailfish OSS
• 120 Wh battery based on 3,600mAh Graphene Super-capacitor + 2,400mAh Li-Ion + Hydrogen Fuel Cell wordfish Sailfish OS
• WiGig support, Marshall audio, A.L.A.N
• Advanced AI Voice-Authenticated Power On/Off
• Four Nano-SIM support
• Graphene Oxide composite bodywork with Liquid Metal 2.0 Structural Frame, Lightweight Metal Outer Frame, High Temperature Alloy Components
• 4G + VoLTE, 3G, GSM
• Augmented Reality: Parallel Tracking & Mapping API

Steve Chao, CEO of TRI, in an email newsletter explains how it is going to connect the three Snapdragon 830 SoCs in the smartphone:

“TRI plans on connecting multiple CPUs via WiGig by implementing an ad-hoc driver to the 60GHz channel via on-board USB3.0. This complicated computing process stores a transient matrix in SSD of CPU(1), then it recomputes and shares the transient matrix with the other SSD of CPU(2) simultaneously. This results in the CPUs sharing their computing power in parallel. Such proprietary technology enables TRI to achieve never-seen-before computing power on a mobile device. So what exactly is this technology intended for? The answer is – Computational Intelligence (CI).”

The Turing Monolith Chaconne is expected to release in 2018. Whether or not will the company be able to launch this device next year and keep its promise, only time will tell. TRI also says that it will make its presence felt in Salo, Finland and start building prototypes for the Turing Phone Cadenza in a manufacturing facility right where Nokia and Microsoft used to produce their mobile phone prototypes.

iPhone 8 concept is the most beautiful smartphone

Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus might represent the fastest-selling smartphone duo of all time, but some people find certain aspects of the phones’ design to be “appalling.” We also discussed some questionable design decisions in our in-depth iPhone 6 review, though we didn’t feel quite that strongly about them. Either way, it makes sense that people would begin looking toward the future in search of new iPhone designs, since not everyone is happy with the look of the current iPhones.

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Now, a new iPhone concept attempts to look beyond the next few years, where Apple’s iPhone of the future is the most beautiful handset the world has ever seen.

Forget next year’s iPhone 6s. Forget the iPhone 7 expected in 2016 and its sequel, which will likely debut in 2018. A graphic designer who goes by “Steel Drake” took to Behance earlier this week to share his vision of the iPhone 8, a device that likely won’t debut until sometime in 2019.

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And if Apple’s actual iPhone 8 looks anything like Drake’s vision, 2019 can’t get here soon enough.

Via Concept Phones, the concept renders on Behance show a unibody smartphone case formed from a single piece of glass that covers the front and back of the iPhone, and also wraps around the top and bottom of the device. Aluminum inserts on the sides are then home to buttons and antennas.

A design like this is absolutely outside the scope of reality in 2014, but a lot can happen in five years.

Several additional images of Steel Drake’s iPhone 8 concept follow below, and the rest can be seen by following the link down in our source section.

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5G Standard Finally Defined as 20Gbps Speed at 2018

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has agreed on a preliminary definition for 5G standard. Recently a conference was held from June 10th to 18th where the speed more than 20Gbps more than was attributed to 5G.

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So if a mobile network should provide a data speed at up to 20Gbps, it would be termed as 5G. The current 4G LTE mobile networks operate up to the speeds of 1Gbps which is about 20 times slower than the 4G networks.

Now let’s talk about the real speeds that users will get. 5G is expected to deliver an actual speed varying from 100 to 1000 Mbps that is again a 10 to 100 times increase over the usual 4G speeds. If these standards are fulfilled as promised, the current internet speeds would seem like the vintage 56k modem.

Just like the term IMT2000, which was used for 3G services, the 5G services are likely to be named IMT 2020. The currently popular 4G services were named as 4G advanced. According to the ITU, “WP 5D (Working Party) will define in detail the performance requirements, evaluation criteria and methodology for the assessment of new IMT radio interface.”

With 5G, the next-gen 4K and 8K online video playback will be more viable and this could also be used to cater millions of IoT devices inside a large are together.

The ITU expects the commercial 5G to be used from the year 2020 after its international spectrum distribution in 2019 and it is expected to be showcased at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.

Your Smartphone in 2018-15 Futuristic Features

In many ways, the evolution of the smartphone since the debut of the original iPhone in 2007 has been a predictable straight line —bigger screen, more powerful processors, longer battery life, faster data connections, higher-resolution cameras and more apps. But recent advances have signaled a potential sea-change in smartphone evolution. We’re talking bendable screens and other radically different designs, eye control and security, and Dr. McCoy-like tricorder functions. Here are 15 smartphone features to expect in the next five years.

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Tricorder Smartphones

Where We’re Headed: Bluetooth 4.0 has triggered an explosion in wearable sensors that transmit biomedical (e.g., heart rate, blood pressure), exercise (e.g., distance walked, calories burned) and environmental (e.g., temperature, humidity) data to a smartphone — but each of these sensors requires a separate app. Samsung has already begun to build some sensors into the Galaxy S4, but in five years, expect a smartphone to win the “Star Trek”-inspired Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE.

Prediction: By the end of this decade, we’ll be sporting wearable sensors imbedded in shoes, glasses, belts, watches and clothing. These sensors will not only enable us to monitor all of the aspects of our bio and environmental conditions by waving our iPhone 10 or Samsung Galaxy S9 over us — Dr. McCoy-style — but prescribe preventive, precautionary and curative actions.

Your Eyes (or Voice) Are Your Password

Where We’re Headed: Apple is already expected to unleash fingerprint ID in the iPhone 5S, but by 2018, your phone may recognize your eyes or your retina. This so-called “ocular scanning” or “eye vein biometrics” being developed by EyeVerify could be three times more secure than fingerprint ID.

Prediction: Since we’re going to talk to our phones, our voice will act as our security ID, and will use such voice-authentication solutions as KIVOX from Agito, voice-unlock in the just-released Baidu-Lenovo A586 smartphone in China. There’s also voice-security technology being developed at Carnegie Mellon University that converts your voiceprint into alphanumeric strings that are then transformed into passwords.

32-Core Processors

Where We’re Headed: Every function a smartphone performs revolves around its brain power. Taking Moore’s Law to its extreme conclusion, smartphones should be packing sub-20nm 256-bit, 32-core processors in five years. More likely, the upcoming battle between ARM and Intel (see Intel’s potentially ARM-killing Silvermont) could give way to some new microarchitecture.

Prediction: In five years, smartphones will be more powerful than today’s most powerful desktops.

Computational Cameras

Where We’re Headed: In five years, point-and-shoot digital cameras will be as antiquated as film cameras are now. That’s because smartphone cameras will not be digital but computational, able to react almost as the human eye does, to almost instantaneously focus, track objects and adjust to variant lighting conditions. This ability will be made possible by technologies evolved from advances such as Nvidia’s Chimera and DigitalOptics’ MEMS autofocus technologies.

Prediction: The lines between still photo and video will disappear, thanks to features like HTC One’s Zoe three-second video-still mode. All captured visuals will “move” for as long as the Shutter/Record button is pressed. Instead of having to choose to shoot either a video or a still, you will simply shoot and decide later if the result is a still or video — or both.

Voice Control

Where We’re Headed: Yes, touch screens will continue to be important to smartphones. But thanks to more powerful processors and sensors, in five years, perhaps we’ll see more mature and intuitive versions of the largely gimmicky Smart Scroll Samsung built into the Galaxy S4 and the “gaze detection” control Apple is eyeing (pardon the pun). But more likely to appear are more mature and intuitive voice controls, and those that can handle all device commands, such as music playback, answer call, ringer on/off and app booting, as well as information requests.

Prediction: Instead of intoning “Galaxy, call mom,” you’ll imbue your phone with a distinct developing robotic personality and name, and it will only answer to you or other designated voices. More powerful processors will enable you to converse with your handset and turn your phone into a universal translator.

Screens That Bend

Where We’re Headed: Many folks foresee a Roman-scroll-like smartphone —one that rolls out of a tube to create a large-screen display. This prediction would seem to result from the development of current bendable-screen technologies, such as Samsung’s YOUM flexible OLED, Corning’s Willow Glass and LG’s unnamed flexible screen technology. More likely, however, future phones will feature displays that curve around a smartphone slab, either as a tapered glass edge, dual-sided viewing and touch functionality, or a single wide screen that can be folded in half like a wallet without a screen-splitting hinge in the middle. Think Sprint’s Kyocera Echo but much more evolved.

Prediction: Smartphone screens will be flexible, thanks to new materials like elastor polymer, flexible circuit boards and battery reconfigurations. In fact, your entire phone will twist and flex to conform to your body and supply unique control functions. For instance, you’ll be able to twist your handset to turn it on or off, as outlined in Apple’s iDevice flex patents and the prototype Nokia Kinetic device. Best of all, sitting on your phone in 2018 won’t crack or break it.

Transflexive LCDs

Where We’re Headed: Sunlight is a smartphone screen’s Kryptonite. Enter transflexive LCD displays, which reflect ambient light, eliminating the need for powered backlighting in daylight and rendering bright, crisp and colorful images when the sun is shining bright. The problem is that transflexive screens are prohibitively expensive and lose contrast in dimmer conditions. As a result, no smartphone maker is tinkering with transflexive technology at the moment.

Prediction: The need for a smartphone screen to stand up to sunlight is too acute to go unsolved, so we’ll likely see a sunlight solution five years from now.

True All-Day Battery Life

Where We’re Headed: Two developing technologies could produce power cells that could last for weeks without needing to be recharged. The first such technology is the hydrogen cell, which is being pursued by Apple as well as by a partnership between semiconductor maker ROHM, power-cell developer Aquafairy and Kyoto University. Perhaps more promising is a new technology called lithium-ion microbatteries. The developers of this technology at the University of Illinois claim lithium-ion microbatteries are 2,000 times more powerful than today’s Li-ions, can be charged almost instantaneously and are powerful enough to jump-start a dead car battery.

Prediction: By 2018, no one will be complaining about a dying or dead smartphone battery, unless they’re trapped on a deserted island.

NFC Makes Phones the Keys to Everything

Where We’re Headed: NFC. Yawn, right? Sure, near-field communication on phones is gaining in popularity, but it’s still a feature that’s rarely used. Rarer still are NFC-enabled headphones, speakers or other tap-to-pair gizmos. Plus, mobile wallet adoption has been slow, perhaps because the iPhone still lacks NFC or because people don’t trust their phone to secure their money. But Apple will eventually embrace NFC as if it had invented the technology, along with a range of tap-to-pair ear buds and docks from its accessory partners.

Prediction: Yes, eventually, we’ll wave our smartphone at the checkout counter to pay for sundries and tap-to-pair our smartphones with our smart TVs and computers to transfer captured visuals. In an NFC-enabled world, you’ll use your smartphone to ride mass transit, open hotel rooms or your own front door, and get into events — in short, in 2018, you’ll use your NFC smartphone to access anything you’d currently use a card or key to access.

Indoor Positioning (IPS)

Where We’re Headed: Using GPS, you can find your way in a major metropolis, suburbia or the middle of a forest. Several technologies, including RTLS (real-time locating system), can locate a person inside a mall, hospital, airport or office. Unlike GPS, which can’t penetrate buildings, IPS installations require scattered fixed nodes on your smartphone that will provide your indoor position. While no IPS standards yet exist, the recently formed In-Location Alliance hopes to establish some sort of IPS direction.

Prediction: In five years, you won’t need to locate a facility map to find out You Are Here. Instead, you’ll use your phone to not only find where you are, but to get directions to where you need to go within a mall, megastore or otherwise intimidating building complex.

Software Radio

Where We’re Headed: All four national carriers have announced HD Voice implementation plans for rollout this year or next, but GSM-based systems from AT&T and T-Mobile are incompatible with CDMA-based HD Voice from Sprint and Verizon. As such, none of the carriers is promoting this highly desired conversational improvement. But an answer is coming in the form of software-defined radio (SDR), a concept being promoted by the Wireless Innovation Forum. SDR could not only improve voice quality without facing compatibility issues, but also remove all frequency incompatibility by replacing bandwidth-specific processors, tuners and antennas with software-based solutions.

Prediction: One way or another, voice quality, connection integrity and incompatibility between domestic and international networks will be solved in five years, requiring only a software upgrade, rather than a new phone to connect to new frequencies.

Waterproof Goes Mainstream

Where We’re Headed: Three companies — Liquipel, Hz0 (WaterBlock) and P2i (Aridion) — have been providing smartphone waterproofing technology for the last few years. Motorola, for instance, uses P2i’s solution, dubbed SplashGuard, on a few handsets. Liquipel does offer to waterproof a select number of handsets and also sells pretreated waterproof iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S3s.

Prediction: A company that’s more influential than Sony in the smartphone business will decide prewaterproofing its handsets is a good market differentiator, which will appropriately open the waterproof smartphone floodgate.

LTE Advanced/5G

Where We’re Headed: Like with HD Voice, all four major carriers seem to be on different schedules for rolling out the next generation of 4G LTE: LTE Advanced, or IMT-Advanced. T-Mobile is reportedly leading the way because its newer LTE network can already support LTE Advanced, and is able to combine noncontiguous spectrum bands to create fatter pipes and facilitate Advanced’s theoretical three-times-faster data speeds. The other three major national carriers all have announced or hinted at an LTE Advanced rollout later this year or early next year. But LTE Advanced is not 5G, which requires a higher-frequency spectrum and faces a plethora of technical hurdles. For instance, Samsung recently demonstrated 5G, delivering 1 Gbps in a millimeter wave (mmWave) over 28 GHz frequency bands, but propagation range is an issue, and even Samsung admits commercialization likely won’t come before 2020.

Prediction: According to an International Telecommunications Union report, connection speeds attained by LTE Advanced will be akin to connecting a fiber-optic cable to your smartphone and will produce speeds 100 times faster than 3G while using far less bandwidth. As a result, downloading or streaming an HD video or other massive file to a smartphone in 2018 will be as fast and seamless as doing the same on your Ethernet-connected desktop PC.

Seamless Wi-Fi Everywhere

Where We’re Headed: The Wi-Fi Alliance and the Wireless Broadband Alliance — along with several carriers, cable companies and hotspot provider Boingo — are all getting ready to roll out Passpoint-certified Wi-Fi. Also known as Hotspot 2.0 and Next Generation Hotspot (NGH), Passpoint promises automatic, seamless and secure connectivity to Wi-Fi Passpoint hotspots. No more scrolling through lists of available Wi-Fi networks, and no more wrestling with passwords, sign-in procedures or interstitial pages. Passpoint makes Wi-Fi connectivity as brainless as connecting to a cell network, and is due to start being rolled out later this year.

Prediction: By 2018, you’ll be able to leave your house, travel to an airport, get on a plane and land in a foreign city — and never lose your Wi-Fi connection. In fact, your cellular connection — 4G, LTE Advanced or whatever — will end up being your backup data network, since Passpoint Wi-Fi will be close to ubiquitous worldwide.

Wearable Designs

Where We’re Headed: Smartphones may not even look like smartphones in 2018. We already know that bendable screens will alter your smartphone’s ergonomics and aesthetics, and there already are several smart watches out there, such as the Sony SmartWatch, the Pebble and i’m Watch, to name a few. Apple is rumored to unveil its own iWatch later this year.

Prediction: In 2018, smartphones will be two-piece systems: a “CPU,” maybe imbedded in something you already wear — your shoes, a belt, a watch — or clipped to your clothes. You’d view data on a variety of screens that wirelessly connect to this smartphone CPU, whether it’s smart glasses, like Google Glass, or a heads-up display in your car. Maybe you’ll even opt for an ocular implant that lets you see your “screen” floating out in front of you.

Wearable Computers To Be Huge by 2018

According to a new report from London analyst firm ABI Research, wearable computing may be the technology of the future.

There have been rumors churning the past few months that Apple is working on some sort of iWatch—basically, a tiny iPhone for your wrist. “Smart watches” already exist, like the Pebble, but they have yet to truly catch on.

An iWatch, however, could change the game. Apparently, ABI thinks smart watches will be a huge deal by the end of the decade.

“Wearable computing devices are projected to explode in popularity over the next year and with a wave of new gadgets set to hit the consumer market, could soon become the norm for most people within five years,” according to the report. “ABI Research forecasts the wearable computing device market will grow to 485 million annual device shipments by 2018.”

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The important question, ABI seems to think, is how connected to outside devices would a smart watch be.

“The furor about wearable technologies, particularly smart watches and smart glasses is unsurprising,” says Josh Flood, senior analyst at ABI Research. “Apple’s curved glass-based watch could prove to be a revelation in the wearable technologies market. The major question is whether the digital time piece will act as a complimentary device to the company’s iPhone smartphones or as a standalone product with other functionalities like health or activity tracking capabilities.”

A smart watch would have to combine utility, convenience and style—something that Apple is admittedly very good at.

“Currently, sports and activity trackers account for the largest chunk of wearable technologies shipped today. Smart activity trackers are widely available, and the device’s trendy and stylish appearance makes them very popular with a broad range of customers. It is estimated 61% of the wearable technologies market is attributed to sport/activity trackers in 2013,” ABI continues. “Smartphone compatible watches are beginning to emerge, and rumors have materialized regarding Apple releasing a smart watch some time this year. Furthermore, we will see the arrival of the much anticipated, smart glasses later this year.”

Although some have questioned whether a smart watch would actually be that useful, ABI seems fully on board with the idea.

“Additionally,” ABI concludes, “smart watches offer extra usages for an item most people already own and commonly purchase. It may become universally expected for watches to include this functionality as feature in the future. Furthermore, the capabilities of smart watches could lead to the device being used as a wearable remote for home automation systems.