It is a nice piece of technology isn’t it? You know what I’m talking about – almost any Android smartphone. They look good, they do a lot of stuff which the competition can’t do, they can be customized, you can play with it, you can show it off to your friends, you can stay connected. It’s really one step short of making your breakfast and saying good bye to you when you are ready to go to school/work or so on. It’s brilliant. But also it is clogging up the networks according to the latest study regarding this.
Apparently Android phones are the ones which use up the largest part of the bandwidth. As such networks become more and more congested and the carriers are having a hard time keeping up with the stream of new users. A recent study has shown that because most Android smartphones out on the market now have high quality cameras people tend to use them – ermm wasn’t that the whole idea behind putting a 5 or 8 MP camera on a device? Either way the study shows that a lot of Android users are clogging up most of the bandwidth by sending pictures and/or uploading videos they took with said devices. This seems somewhat counter-intuitive in a way. It’s like saying accidents happen because cars are fast, ergo make slower cars?
The main issue really appeared in the form of Android overcoming even the wildest of speculations. As such ever since the first smartphone appeared on the market, a growth such as Android’s hasn’t been seen just yet. Analysts say that at the current rate most networks will have serious issues keeping up with the data traffic next year. Considering that quite a number of dual-core devices will be hitting the stores next year, data traffic will only increase at an exponential rate. Some carriers did go over to the 4G standard, offering the power-user the speed he or she requires, but this is costly. One of the downsizes really comes that calls are very cheap so most telecommunications providers are advertising faster, better smartphones which can be used to do dozens of things at once, but as we can see, this comes at a price.
But as always, with some bad there is some good coming out of it as well. Because of this drastic increase in traffic, providers will see themselves forced to upgrade their network to sustain the increased traffic. We might be witnessing a revolution, when it comes to internet speed on your smartphone. Most analysts claimed that at the current rate, Android handsets will be overtaking even Symbian next year, unless Nokia manages to pull something out of their magic hat. Whatever the future holds, don’t be afraid of what the news is saying, keep those pictures coming. Until next time, I do hope you are in an area with 4G coverage.1