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October 18, 2014

Mobility TechZone Week in Review: The Future is Now for Telecommunications

As cliché as it may be to say, it seems like the world of tomorrow may in fact be today for communications. The Internet offers developers an infrastructure to build better and better tools for connecting computers to one another faster, which only becomes faster as computers get more powerful. Now that the smartphones that millions carry around in their pockets are capable of what desktop computers were only a decade ago, the world of telecommunications has been exponentially evolving. Just in the past week several new breakthroughs were reached in the world of telecommunications, in both innovative products and revealing research reports.

A study conducted by Google found that an increasing number of people are using their phone's voice search features to do more tasks than ever. More specifically, the study found that voice search popularity is not limited whatsoever by age group, although it is still most popular with teens and young adults. For the 13 to 18 year old demographic, 55 percent of respondents claimed that voice search was a daily part of their operations. Since this generation will be driving wide-scale consumer demands for the next decade, voice search is likely to increase in usage rapidly.

Meanwhile, video search is also becoming easier and more universal. Microsoft recently released a new update for Skype, which is designed to make the new Skype 5.6 app more optimized for the iPhone 6. An improved interface takes better advantage of the iPhone 6's increased screen real estate, which gives users a better window to view their coworkers, friends and family no matter where they are.

Samsung also reported earlier this week that it had developed new Wi-Fi access technology capable of reaching speeds of 575 MB per second, which is over five times what was previously thought to be the upper limit for connection speeds with existing hardware. According to Samsung's Head of DMC R&D Center Kim Chang Yong, “Samsung has successfully overcome the barriers to the commercialization of 60 GHz millimeter-wave band Wi-Fi technology, and looks forward to commercializing this breakthrough technology.”

Finally, a recent development at pureLiFi has resulted in the world's first light-based Internet network. Li-Fi, as the technology is dubbed, works in a way that is very similar to a traditional Wi-Fi network, but instead of using a radio frequency to deliver the signal the Li-Fi transmits information with LED bulbs through the visible light spectrum. This significantly reduces bandwidth while simultaneously improving data speed and density, which makes it an extremely efficient future network format.

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