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LTE advance + LTE Pro

The road to gigabit mobile internet hindered by phone modems (450mb/s iPhone 7, Galaxy S8) as network throughput speeds & capacity for VoLTE & Mobile Internet services. Many people fail to make use of existing LTE speeds that are widely available.

Faster LTE 

The first LTE phones had modems that peaked at 150Mbps, then newer phones came with 300Mbps LTE models, and the latest phone models come with 450Mbps LTE modems. There is an emergent trends of evolution to LTE advanced in late 2017 phones & into 2018. Then in 2019 we should start seeing mainstream commercialization of LTE pro.

By 2020 the first phones with 5G mobile internet should enter the markets worldwide! It will be interesting to see how mobile networks charging over the next few decades, especially with connected cars, connected appliance, connected clothing, connected infrastructure, flying autonomous vehicles, and self driving vehicles of all kinds. The network is the brain in self driving vehicle fleets. When the network becomes the computer, amazing new things will be possible, like self driving cars that improve over time, the entire fleet learning instantly from any mistake made by any one of the vehicles.

Power User / Really ? 

How much mobile computer hardware power does a smartphone user need? That depends on multimedia use mostly. Someone who wants to use their phone as a high performance digital video camera will likely appreciate the added power of newer ARM processor SOC's, faster solid state storage, faster & more ram, and optimized software, especially in light of the mega-pixel race on phones, especially with future phone models shooting 360deg VR footage.

Killing Camera Markets

Since about 2014, most flagship phones have a rear camera that shoots 12MP, meaning the file size handling is scaling with the increased phone performance. The newest iPhone Plus models have 2 high res rear cameras, one zoom, one wide angle. The front camera now has more resolution than the rear camera of older phones. Big visual data seems to be a power use case for phones, the cameras that people always have with them. 

Battery Life 

What you will notice when you get a new phone, improved run time or battery life. Lithium ion batteries experience fading performance over time, especially when they are camped on a charger at 100%. Fully charing lithium ion damages the battery, causing a loss in capacity that translates into ever worse battery life. The key to long life lithium ion battery management is keeping them between 30% and 80% charged by never charging for more than about 1 hour. Most people gradually kill their phone batteries by charging them all night long. The overcharging bends via swell shrinking the anode and cathode, eventually causing the cell to swell up or bulge. In the worst cases, like the galaxy Note 7, the battery failure causes thermal runaway, bursting of the cell envelop and then venting with flame. 

Performance 

Fluid UI performance, fast boot up from off and faster shut downs, snappier app switch, fluid browser performance, faster photography & video + editing, improved network performance for mobile data, the improved performance also means faster file transfers and during backups to the cloud or a back-up drive or desktop/ laptop computer. ARM processors are 50x faster in early 2017 then they work in 2009, while also using 75% less energy. 

Bigger Screens 

The phablet trend was kicked off by the Galaxy Note series from Samsung, the large screen trend now having long ago migrated into other android phones & iPhone Plus models. I am actually interested in the 4inch iPhone SE 2nd Gen. after using the Galaxy Note 2 & 3 as my first two smartphones for a few years. I have a Kyocera Brigadier that is smaller than either note, a thick rugged phone, but its sealed internal battery is weak; likewise its performance is very 2014 mid range smartphone hardware. The ideas of a smaller phone that has good performance ( a pocket rocket ) sounds cool, but I plan on holding onto my Note 3 for a little while longer with its freshly replaced battery, new screen protector and reinstalled UAG protector case.

Larger screens are nice for watching video content, for review the 10+ MP images that modern phones are able to capture. Browsing the web and touch screen typing are also easier on larger screens. On the Note phones the included pen works well as an art instrument on the large screen. I can see the appeal of the larger screen, giving phablets a certain performance edge in many use cases in the real world. I will not that I do not like typing on touch screens as well as I did on the physical keyboards of the LG ENv 1, ENv2 or ENv3 phones that I was using before smartphones. Tactile feedback from a keyboard makes no look typing possible. One of the main user interface advantage of a desktop or laptop is the large "two hand" "10 finger" friendly keyboards with mechanical keys. I similarly like navigating with a mouse vs flicking my finger around a touch screen.

Tablets have larger screens than cell phones, and operate in many ways like a smartphone for browsing the web with a touch controller interface. I nicknamed our iPad 2 "Giant iPod Touch" because of the similarity it has with our 4th Gen. iPod Touch's. Room for a larger battery is another advantage of phablet & tablet form factors, often giving larger devices better battery life per charge. 

Faster LTE 

The first LTE phones had modems that peaked at 150Mbps, then newer phones came with 300Mbps LTE models, and the latest phone models come with 450Mbps LTE modems. There is an emergent trends of evolution to LTE advanced in late 2017 phones & into 2018. Then in 2019 we should start seeing mainstream commercialization of LTE pro.

By 2020 the first phones with 5G mobile internet should enter the markets worldwide! It will be interesting to see how mobile networks charging over the next few decades, especially with connected cars, connected appliance, connected clothing, connected infrastructure, flying autonomous vehicles, and self driving vehicles of all kinds. The network is the brain in self driving vehicle fleets. When the network becomes the computer, amazing new things will be possible, like self driving cars that improve over time, the entire fleet learning instantly from any mistake made by any one of the vehicles.

Connecting to Each Other

Mesh networks should become possible with the phones acting like hotspots to one another, and while that sounds like a battery draining nightmare in the 16nm van neumann chipsets of today, the 10nm neurosynaptic IC's and greatly improved 6G mobile internet will enable mobile adaptive mesh networking, though I am not sure how such abilities will actually propagate as adopted technology. Take the case of smartphones today that are equipped with all the sensors needed for inertial navigation enhancements. Using a combination of wifi, cell tower, GPS and the 3 axis mems accelerometer, and gyroscope: the phones have the hardware to enhance navigation accuracy to less than 1 meter, but rarely achieve precision greater than 10 meters precision.

Light Data

LiFi looks like it might become a powerful networking tool in the future, though I am sure people wil always appreciate the invisible nature of RF data networks. Actually data can be modulated with energy of many different frequencies across the electrodynamic spectrum. Different kinds of signals have tradeoffs in terms of energy requirements, biological safety, signal clarity, data rates or bandwidth, number of channels, signal strength vs distance, atmospheric absorption, solar interference, overlapping interference with existing noisy electronic devices like cordless indoor phones, wifi routers, drone radio sets, airports, etc.

Streaming HD video on the go will be the big pressure for enhanced LTE advance & LTE pro. Uploading or Downloading HD video to or from the web requires mobile broadband, something that early LTE brought to the world with the HTC EVO 4G and other first generation LTE phones. Almost all modern smartphones have regular LTE.

Theory of Data Connections

Since the dawn the digital revolution, mankind connects to itself in more ways in an ongoing evolution of technological progress. We started with dial up modems over copper phone wires & now have laser driven multi band fiber optics that move data millions of times faster. The way the data is modulated affects how fast we can move the data as much as the medium or method. Glass optical fibers or high transmissivity polymer fibers are able to carry many different colors of light simultaneously over a single fiber. The existing fiber optic networks can thereby be upgraded to higher performance by simply changing out the end optical photonics data transceivers as newer faster technology becomes available.

As our understanding of wireless data transmission & reception expands, machine learning will help wireless network operators create new RF data methods that improve speeds, precision, reliability, signal fidelity, etc. New antenna designs can make a huge difference in wireless data performance. Consider the evolution of home & cell phone WiFi antennas to the current state of multi-channel AC MIMO (multiple in multiple out) technology.

The human brain emits wireless information & can receive wireless information. Lets take the more tangible example of human vision & sight. Our ours collect wireless phone information from anything that we look at, be that a digital streaming screen with Youtube or Netflix or what we "See" when we "walk", look at something, "Drive", swim, bicycle or do any other advanced movement activities that rely on precision vision function. Going blind removes a persons ability to receive high precision wireless photon information using their eyes & brain vision processing system. A blind persons brain re-routes the vision systems brain processing to enhance perceptual resolution from the other senses, like our ears,

Our ears pick up wireless audio wave pressure propagations know as sound. Human speech for example is heard through sound pressure waves collected by the ear, after which language post processing does audio signal processing to understand what is being said. This of course relies on neural maps of language. When you speak the same neural network for language is used to send motor control information your mouth & lungs to facilitate the creation of language noise known as speech. Human speech contains tone information that conveys more than what is just being said, the way that something is being said also conveys information. You can say once thing that conveys many meanings simultaneously this way, but also by exploiting the ambiguity of human language. Digital machines have a language that is based on math by comparison.

When we use our smartphones, our eyes, fibers, ears & brains are connecting to the information, controlling the UI of the phone to interact with your Facebook App or Fitbit App so that you can "See" what you are looking for. People had to learn to want to look at a Fitbit App or Facebook. We are constantly downloading ideas from each other like that all the time.

Screen Protector

I recently ordered a cheap $5 glass screen protector from Amazon. I installed it, not perfectly. It was free hand job & a tricky one that I redid using a knife to carefully remove it for reinstallation. Round 2 achieved greater precision & I decided to call it good enough. The Galaxy Note 3 lives inside a UAG protective case where the slight misalignment of the glass screen protector is not visible, not do I care to redo it again for a tiny fraction of a mm improvement in alignment precision. I really like "Simple Snap" screen protectors with their alignment jig. This Jet 9H hardened glass protector I installed is nice enough for $5, but aligning it freehand without a jig is not easy.

The real question comes down to the protection offered by screen protectors. I don't like plastic screen protectors because they fog up with scratches too easily. They are also too soft to protect the glass screen from harder impacts. The Glass screen protector acts like a sacrificial layer for lighter hard sharp screen impacts. You can only find editorial content online about screen protectors. Youtube is a better resource as usual, where you can find content of people actually testing screen protectors. Without hard science, the reality is that making a smartphone screen out of glass means that is going to break when people drop their phones. Every 2 seconds someone breaks a phone screen in the USA.

The OEM screen on the Note 3 has held up well throughout its time with Alecia Long & its time with me. I am usually gentle with functional electronics given their fragility. To be more precise, I am general careful and deliberate to not damage my phones, though like most people I have dropped phones, fortunately the only screen I ever broke was on my old LG EVv2, something I repaired myself at home after ordering replacement parts online. The $5 screen protector for the aging Note 3 + its new battery were part of stop gap measure to suspend my ambition to buy a 128GB iPhone SE 2017 edition. Below you can see an image of the model I installed, the caption contains a link!


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WLW5AZK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1




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