GPS, WiFi Becoming Ubiquitous

by CXOtoday Staff    Aug 05, 2009

Out of 77 smartphones released by key manufacturers (currently in sample period),  Ovum says it has identified 59 handsets having GPS capability and 49 with WiFi, indicating that these technologies are now key features across nearly all smartphones, not just high-end models.

The study says that some operators have a reluctance to admit WiFi-equipped handsets onto their networks, but consumers now expect WiFi to be present in smartphones.

According to Ovum, the widespread availability of GPS (across all of the major smartphone platforms) is great news for developers wishing to deploy location-based applications and services, but so far few developers have taken advantage of this beyond basic navigation products.

Ovum’s study on phone processor mentions that currently most smartphones are powered by ARM11 architecture, but it expects some ARM Cortex A8-based chipsets to appear in devices within the next update.

Platforms like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon or Nvidia’s Tegra will be the ones to watch out for as manufacturers seek to add greater multimedia functionality to devices, said Ovum.

Ovum reports that only around 10% of all smartphones support Internet widget frameworks, - with  Adobe’s Flash and Flash Lite  having the best penetration, (41 smartphone models supportFlash). However, popular phone OS like the iPhone OS and Android currently had no support Flash.