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90% of smartphones will be cloud-connected next year says Qualcomm

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90% of smartphones will be cloud-connected next year says Qualcomm
This may come as a surprise, but apparently not all smartphones are cloud connected according to Qualcomm, at least not in the way they envision use of the cloud. The giant chipmaker states that 9 out of 10 smartphone users will use some form of personal cloud in 2013. On top of that, Qualcomm also believes that smartphones will outpace PCs as cloud-connected devices the following year.

Based on the premise that “local networks are in the home and relationships are in the cloud,” Rob Chandhok, President – Qualcomm Innovation Center, stated that the smartphone has become the primary portal for the digital life. It is growing into activities like home HVAC control, smart appliances and the like. It is all controlled through the cloud via the smartphone.

For many regular readers, this may seem like stating the obvious in terms of technology, but the reality is that most people have not advanced their interactions to that extent...yet. There is no other device other than the smartphone in the foreseeable future that will assume this role.

Qualcomm, being on the cutting edge of LTE chipset technology sees this technological leap being made very soon. The company estimates that there will be a ten-fold increase in mobile traffic in Europe by 2015. That will be due, in part, to LTE networks lighting up across the EU in the near future.

Qualcomm COO, Stephen Mollenkopf said it succinctly, “We want devices to react to what’s going on around you, to learn more about you, and then use it to improve your life.”

source: Pocket-lint

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posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:11 2

1. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Relying on the cloud means relying on constant connectivity. That means paying way too much for a tiered data plan. I'll take 32gb+ of storage on my devices.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:27

2. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)

Amen to that.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 01:28

3. JoeBelfiore (banned) (Posts: 79; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

.... and 90% of the wasted bandwidth goes to malware/spyware on Androids

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 03:47

8. JC557 (Posts: 1794; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

Seriously, I don't like how many in the tech field are interested in Cloud computing when it costs the user in data usage and the increasing feeling that you don't own something you bought.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 08:06

10. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

I do wanna say cloud computing has its place, but that place is just for backup. It is a very safe place to store files that say, if we killed our phone/tablet/laptop somehow, we'd have them somewhere. But not anymore than that.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 01:48

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

Not to mention the spyware from the feds

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 01:55

5. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

maybe yes maybe no!! iit depends on the network or how fast is one's place internet! as long as the world isnt fully LTE it might not be!

cloud needs fast internet speed and in my place...its really slow!!! i've been trick by my carrier!!!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 01:56

6. bkb01 (Posts: 43; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)

never really liked cloud storage idea. 16gb on my sgs2 plus my 32gb microsd is a lot more convenient, no need to be constantly connected to data. everything is readily available,

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 03:38

7. tedkord (Posts: 14133; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

And won't it be a glorious experience, having blazing fast LTE on a cloud connected device. You'll be able to stream your movies and music in high definition from your cloud storage for three days, then you hit your data cap and wait 27 days to do it again!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 07:30

9. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

I can certainly see the cloud being a major force, as evidenced by Win 8 and its sky drive offerings among others. But the thing I think that will hamper the extent to which the cloud will be effective is battery life. Regardless of the speed of the network, internal technology saving power with increased die shrinkage, the battery is the thing that is hurting long lasting connectivity on a massive scale.

If they can really put some serious effort into improving battery life beyond what is current today, the cloud will become more than just a standard, it will become a function of life.

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