According to a NPD In-Stat research report, Less is More: The Worldwide Emergence of Low-Cost Android Smartphones, low-cost Android handsets will reach a penetration rate of 80% of total smartphones in Africa, India, and China by 2015. Low-cost Android will flourish in these emerging areas. However, it will face heavy competition in some regions. Samsung has bada, and Nokia is developing Meltemi. In addition, Microsoft has stated that it wants to sell Windows Phone in developing regions as well and could aggressively lower prices to gain market share.
According to a IHS iSuppli report, sensor fusion will eventually power the next generation of iPhone and iPad devices. A fused signal combines the outputs of three types of Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) motion sensors (gyroscopes, accelerometers and compasses) to improve the motion-based interface. Sensor fusion could enhance interfaces of any tablet or smartphone that uses a combination of a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis compass and 3-axis gyroscope to provide 9-axis sensor fusion.
In-Stat expects worldwide smartphone processor revenue will have a CAGR of almost 21% from 2009-2015. In the last ten years, smartphones and phones have created a multi-billion dollar business where one did not exist before. The next 10 years will not see changes quite as dramatic as those in the last ten years. However, the evolution of the handset will continue at a fast pace.
LiMo Foundation introduced version four of the Linux based LiMo Platform. LiMo 4 Platform offers complete middleware and base application functionality. It enables flexible disaggregation of the device platform and the service propositions such that operators and device manufacturers can more freely shape user propositions and secure sustainable long-term value. The first LiMo 4 devices are expected to be brought to market during the second half of this year. LiMo Foundation is a global consortium of mobile operators, device and handset vendors.
Cell phones and a slew of emerging devices will power the market for consumer electronics and cell phone Microelectromechanical (MEMS) sensors toward solid, uninterrupted growth in 2010 and beyond, according to the market research firm iSuppli Corp. Revenue for MEMS sensors and actuators used in consumer electronics and mobile handsets is projected to reach $1.5 billion in 2010, up a solid 22.9 percent from $1.3 billion last year. “Unlike most industries, the consumer and mobile MEMS market did not suffer a decline last year—even at the height of the global economic downturn—and growth ranging from 17 percent to as much as 28 percent will continue during the next four years,” said Jérémie Bouchaud, principal analyst for MEMS and sensors at iSuppli.
Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced that the Mentor Embedded[tm] Nucleus® Real Time Operating System (RTOS) is the handset industry’s most widely adopted RTOS, found in over 2.11 billion devices, according to the VisionMobile’s 100 Million Club research report. The 100 Million Club is a watch-list of software companies whose products have been embedded in more than 100 million cellular handsets. The Mentor Graphics® Nucleus RTOS product usage equates to 42% of the worldwide handset market, according to the study.
Global shipments of motion sensors for cell phones are expected to quintuple by 2014 as smart phones and their operating systems increasingly support motion command and navigation applications that require these parts, according to iSuppli Corp. Shipments of cell phone motion sensors — i.e., accelerometers, compasses, gyroscopes and pressure sensors — will rise to 2.2 billion units in 2014, up from 435.9 million in 2009. Revenue will amount to slightly more than $1 billion in 2014, up from $316 million in 2009.
According to a new research report by Berg Insight, global shipments of GPS-enabled GSM/WCDMA handsets increased 92 percent in 2009 to 150 million units. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38.7 percent, shipments are forecasted to reach 770 million units in 2014. Adoption of GPS technology started in the smartphone segment where it is now essentially a standard feature on all new models.
Wi-Fi handset shipments have exploded over the past year, and will continue to show strong growth over the next several years. With the increasing prevalence of Wi-Fi enabled handsets, hotspot usage by handheld devices has increased significantly. As a percentage of total connects, handhelds increased from 20% in 2008 to 35% in 2009. By 2011 handhelds are anticipated to account for half of hotspot connects reports In-Stat.
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a world leader in CMOS imaging technology, unveiled details of its roadmap for new 5M-pixel CMOS image sensors in the standard quarter-inch optical format commonly used in camera-phone handsets. ST’s latest leading-edge sensors offer a choice of features creating the richest choice of sensors at the 5-megapixel resolution. ST’s new sensors will increase flexibility for designers, with options including raw Bayer or System-on-Chip (SoC) sensors, support for Extended Depth of Field (EDoF) or cameras with an on-chip autofocus driver, high-speed industry-standard data interfaces, and package technologies supporting conventional camera assemblies, as well as the latest ultra-small wafer-level cameras.