Technological development is changing the auto/driving experience and creating an ecosystem that supports connectivity between automobile and mobile applications. According to China Industrial Development Research Network report, the global car network terminals can reach 66.95 million units. China’s car network terminal was only 1 million units in 2013, expected to grow to around 10 million units in 2018. The “mobile phone-car mode” network terminal increased from 19% in 2013 and will increase to nearly 50% in 2018.
It was said that wireless charging would be introducing into Apple next generation while there was also news that Apple Inc. had just joined Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) as its new member. As Apple has always been one of market leaders in the industry, such news coming one after another seems to indicate of the market booming and technology development rising into its high peak for the wireless charging that has been regarded as emerging technology for a period of time.
According to the research of IHS Markit, the worldwide wireless charging- transmitter (Tx) & receiver (Rx) market in 2017 are expected to be totally over 600 million units of shipments and would be driven even over 3 times more to reach 2.8 billion units in 2025. From Chart I, we learned that in this market the surging shipments of devices featured as receivers for wireless charging, such as smartphones and smartwatches, have become the main force of wireless charging market and has further driven the increases of the transmitter market.
As CES marks half a century of bringing innovation to the world, there were over 3800 vendors from 150 countries and 170000 attendees. Many conceptual products shown in the past have become actual or even mass production products this year. Out of all the products exhibited “VR” related products has been the focus of attention, this can be seen in the 79% increase for related products. Autonomous vehicles & vehicle related technology have also been the focus of this year, with well over 200 thousand Square foot of exhibition space. Allion is here to provide first hand coverage for all you tech fans out there.
On August 4th 2016, Allion Labs was officially recognized by MCPC ( Mobile Computing Promotion Consortium ) as the First and only ATL to provide mobile device MCPC Certification. ( Certification Details ) Actually efforts from Allion & MCPC have spent 2 years planning & organizing this important Certification program. Ever since the start of the program, Allion has worked closely with MCPC’s mobile device charging working group to set and plan the mobile device safety testing criteria and overall operation. We would also like to take this opportunity during the initial stages of the certification program to invite and interview some of the key promoters & facilitators of mobile device charging safety. Mr. Masahiro Hataguchi who is the Head Secretary & Chief of Internal Affairs for MCPC, also Chief Technical Commissar Mr. Kenji Oguma and finally CEO of Allion Labs ( Japan ) Mr. Hideaki Nakayama. Together they will share with us the facilitation & promotion of mobile device charging safety in the future.
As children we have all dreamed of having super human powers such as “Bishop, Jean Grey (Phoenix Force), Dazzler (respectfully)”. Although we’re still far from casting our own lightning bolts; however, with the development of wireless charging technology we can in a way satisfy a minuet aspect of this dream.
In 2018 the Apple iPhone may adopt wireless charging with its possibly new fiberglass shell; however, if such an adoption were to take place it would undoubtedly spar an array of exclusive aftermarket chargers causing confusion and risk of interoperability. Also from our observation of IFA 2016, the majority of future wearable devices would equipped with dust & liquid repellent features.
As more and more of us rely on smart devices to lubricate and ease the perpetual motion of our daily activities, we may have alluded or taken for granted the safety and precautionary measures hence provided by industries and manufacturers.
Recent media coverage regarding the safety of consumer electronic devices, have caught our attention; especially when many of our gadgets today are manufactured and tested by the same institutions. Hence, possibly causing flaws or biased judgment during the certification process. Therefore, when another related incident from a product which, was born via this “α & Ω solution”. We as a responsible and professional institution had to ask ourselves the dodgy question we’ve all known for a while by now. “Is a one way arrangement from drawing board to certification and manufacturing, really what we want?” However, in defense of multinational conglomerates one must understand the implications and benefits of having everything wrapped up together as a single package. The following, will endeavor to shed light on these issues and possible alternatives that may further and promote better safety and scrutiny towards certification and compliance standards.
With the dazzling appearance of ever more sophisticated, cheaper and cool smart phones many providers are faced with the unprecedented challenge of churning up ever more sophisticated devices, to satisfy the unquenchable thirst of our gadget addicted society.
Naturally we look towards our surrounding tech gurus or nerds for inspiration, especially when our pockets are involved. Yet, instead of a prejudice overview we are bombarded with an objective view from their personal experience. Here at Allion we examine each product with an omnipotent perspective; starting from 2015 we have routinely published “The smart phone user experience” as a pinnacle towards the review of various smart devices. With state of the art equipment to examine the display, camera, acoustics and GPS functions, with exceptional reviews from our readers.
For this review our study group has chosen 4 upcoming high-end smart phones for a review and Competitive Analysis; this not only helps producers better understand their products, but also has a definitive effect on market placement and SWOT analysis. Through this we at Allion are able to locate possible flaws and provide optimal solutions for our clients.
It is commonly seen as standard to include GPS functions in to Smart Phones today; thus, weather you’re lost during your summer drive or just trying to find the nearest deli, all one needs is to flip the GPS switch on and your there in no time. Yet there are still boundaries and limitations that need to be overcome, one of which is positioning accuracy. We’ve all experienced the feeling of “Moon Rovering” into a lake when we’re actually just driving by. Therefore, what can be done in the case of delay, Positioning Error, Signal Loss or even worst Position Shift?
Smartphones have many functions. We have talked about four functions in the previous articles (display, camera, audio and touch). This time around, we introduce Wi-Fi testing for smartphones. In Wi-Fi testing, we test in the laboratory and in simulated real-world environments, such as office and home. By testing in different environments, our tests results will more closely resemble consumer behavior.
Most smartphones include touch interfaces so that users can use simple gestures, like dragging, scrolling, sliding, or swiping to interact with their phone. Although touch technology is not new, some touch screens still perform poorly. In the ultra-competitive smartphone market, delivering a quality user experience is the key to success.
In this article, we explore some important factors that contribute to smartphone touch screen quality. To understand these factors, we present some recent testing that our smartphone validation team performed. These tests evaluated touch screen sensitivity, interference capability, scroll/drag performance, etc. To help the reader understand the test details, we have provided visual aids and summary tables below.