3.5 mm Headphone Socket is Soon Going to be a History!!
All of us would be aware of the fact that each and every Smartphone from various brands possess one thing in common, the 3.5 mm audio socket. It is the universal standard for connecting your headphones with your Smartphone. But, soon the trend is going to change. Smartphone manufacturers are now looking at the next big thing, the USB Type-C connector. This port can be used for both charging your Smartphone and for transmitting audio from your Smartphone.
While almost 99% of the headphone manufacturers use 3.5mm audio socket as the standard one, the shift from it to USB Type-C for audio would affect the consumers who are left few choices to choose from, as the number of headphones with USB Type-C connectors are fewer in number.
The first company to choose the industry first USB Type-C connector on a Smartphone was LeEco – a Chinese Internet company which recently forayed into the Smartphone business last year. In India, LeEco phones have become a huge hit as they offer huge value for money.
LeEco has launched three new Smartphone namely LeEco Le 2, Le 2 Pro and Le Max 2 in its home country- China that ditches the universal 3.5mm audio socket in favour of USB Type-C connector. LeEco is much more confident about the USB Type-C connector as the company thinks this audio tech can provide better audio capability.
JBL, a headphone manufacturer has already released a Type-C format headphone called the Reflect Aware C. This embark the industry’s shift from the 3.5mm audio jack to USB Type-C port, as other manufacturers would soon follow.
The World famous Smartphone manufacturer Apple is also going to ditch 3.5mm headphone socket in its upcoming Smartphone- iPhone 7 reportedly. When Apple does this, soon the whole industry follows it. This year itself we can expect a lot Smart phones with USB Type-C as a strand audio port.
USB Type-C prevents you from listening to your headphones and charging your phone at the same time, as it would be the single port for charging as well as the headphone socket. With most of our headphones still using 3.5mm jack, we would not opt for the Smartphone with USB Type-C connector.
There are very few headsets with USB Type-C compatibility. For the time being, it would be fair for the Smartphone manufacturers to equip both 3.5mm socket for audio and USB Type-C for charging purpose. Recently launched Xiaomi Mi5 and HTC 10 have both the USB Type-C and 3.5mm socket in them which is convenient for the end user.
So, what’s your take about the new Type-C connector taking over as the standard audio port? Comment your thoughts below.
Can India catch up to the Internet growth of the World?
India is at the verge of a digital boom. India is the 2nd largest Smartphone market in the world, after China. Though there are more than a billion people living in India only half of the Indians use Internet. According to IDC, about 400 million people in India are connected to the Internet by means of Smartphones.
Internet penetration in India is gradually increasing Though India’s internet penetration is the lowest in the world. Average internet speeds in India are much lower than its counterparts like China.
Smartphones have become a part of our lives. It is inevitable that we are highly dependent on Smartphones for usual shopping to booking bus or train tickets. Imagine a day without your Smartphone! You are right! These days you can’t complete a day without your Smartphones.
Wait! What did i say? We are Smartphone Obsessed to some extent. The extend of it may vary from one person to other. According to a WDR (World Development Report), India had more than 200 million Internet users, compared to 665 million in China. There is more room for the technology companies to grow in India. Most Indian Telecom companies are trying hard to implement 4G services in India by this year itself.
Indian Smartphone market is flooded with different Chinese smartphone brands. With the expansion of E-Commerce websites like Flipkart, Snapdeal etc. various chinese smartphone brands have taken the online route to enter the Indian market.
These Ecommerce websites drive the sales of these smartphones in an astonishing way. Online way of selling smartphones in India was first adopted by Motorola. Following the success of “Moto G” and “Moto E” smartphones, many other smartphone brands like Xiaomi, Infocus, LeEco, Lenovo, etc. has started selling their phones through the online mode.
Now with the stiff competition from chinese brands, Micromax which is the 2nd largest smartphone manufacturer in India had started an online only brand ‘YU’ last year to take on the chinese rivals like Xiaomi, LeEco among others.
Chinese brands has the advantage of cutting edge technology and lower pricing since, China is the world’s manufacturing Hub for electronics. Many chinese brands like Xiaomi, LeEco, Meizu, OPPO etc. has released smartphones with specs and features that are found only in an high end smartphone but at half of the cost.
Due to this predatory pricing by these chinese brands, Indian consumers are tempted to buy a smartphone from these brands. Price to specs ratio has reached a staggering level that now you can buy a phone with 3GB RAM at around Rs. 6000 to Rs. 7000 price range itself, thanks to the chinese brands for releasing high end smartphones at much lower prices.
LeEco, a chinese Internet conglomerate has taken this pricing strategy to a another level by giving its products like Smart TVs and Smartphones for free in China. While you might be wondering how is this possible, LeEco president said in press release that the future of Smartphone market is the Content and not the Hardware. LeEco gives their products for free and instead it charges the consumers to use their Content services. LeEco has the widest range of video and content services in China.
While this may sound crazy, the LeEco is confident about its business strategy which emphasis on content services rather than charging the consumers for hardware. LeEco had a grand success in china using this strategy, but we will have to wait and see that this model will work in India where there is lower internet penetration and people are hesitant to pay for content or video related stuffs like Games in Google Playstore or Apple App store.
With the 4G LTE growing at a massive pace, there is hope that the hope of the companies like LeEco may come true. People are unwilling to pay for online videos or games since it consumes huge amount of precious GBs. With 4G rollout by many telcos in India, this scenario may change completely since 4G technology enhances the video streaming experience at a much lower price.
By 2017, India’s internet population is to grow to an all time high of 600-700 million according to a report by IDC. With 4G tech picking up pace in India, companies like Airtel, Idea have already rolled out 4G services in many states. Reliance Jio’s 4G rollout is seen as an important factor in bringing the India’s Internet growth, as it has pan india 4G license.
Thus, India is at the verge of an digital boom which will surely cater to the needs of young Indians like me. We will have to wait for a year or two to see the full potential of these 4G services and the change it brings to our daily lives with the ever evolving high tech devices.
US FCC inches close to the launch of 5G Wireless Communications!
Say Goodbye to the hours of frustration while downloading a large file on the internet! The US Federal Communications Commission has released higher frequency wireless bands for commercial use, which could be the biggest and most worthwhile expansion of the wireless internet yet.
The FCC took a key step towards increasing the wireless speeds of up to 10-fold by voting unanimously to open the hardly used higher frequency airwaves for commercial purposes. These airwaves are capable of transmitting data at blazing speeds and are dubbed as the 5G or fifth generation wireless networks. It is seen as a successor to the so called 4G networks that is currently used today by most of the wireless carriers throughout the world.
These higher frequency airwaves involved in the upcoming 5G networks were of little use until the announcement from FCC, since the concrete walls or even the rain drops can hinder the transmission of these airwaves. Researchers have found a way to overcome these obstacles and transmit these signals to whole new types of wireless receivers that looks like a compact smoke alarms, instead of the towering roadside transmitters that we see today.
5G network promises high speed data services within short distances without any delays in latencies that limit the speed of 4G networks today. US wireless carriers like AT&T, Verizon Communications, Sprint and T-Mobile US have sprung into action to adapt and develop the 5G ecosystem. This is an essential step to make the USA as a world leader in adaption to the 5G networks.
With the help of companies like Nokia, Ericsson and Qualcomm, wireless carriers have revealed plans to test and adapt 5G technology. With the commencement of 5G, the number of smart devices connected to the internet is said to reach 500 billion by 2020. From now on, after 10 years more and more smartphones, drones and robots will all become part of the so-called internet of things (5G Ecosystem).
5G networks will enhance the applications of most of the internet connected devices and enormous machine-to-machine interactions which results in huge benefits to us, like the real-time traffic monitoring and vast range of other applications.
The most attractive part of this 5G spectrum release by FCC is that the public wireless carriers in US are actively developing the devices and equipments required for the 5G network adoption.
Though FCC has released the spectrum for 5G, it may take 4-5 years to fully deploy the 5G networks commercially. There is a huge potential lying in the 5G networks, since it can transmit data at much faster rates than that of the current 4G networks.