The Latest in Smartphone Innovations – WiMax, 4G, and Voice Over Wireless LAN

The smartphone industry is a cut-throat industry that never seems to sleep. Every time we turn around there’s another feature or cutting-edge technology that makes all existing smartphones a thing of the past and has consumers thinking about their next smartphone before their current smartphone is even broken in. Today we’re already starting to see what tomorrow’s smartphones (or next year’s really) will be able to do that this year’s cannot.

HTC introduces WiMax and 4G

HTC, frequently the first to roll-out ever-newer and more advanced features, is already pushing its WiMax capable, HTC Max 4G. oppo f11 pro

Yes, you read that right. 4G! Currently only supported in Russia (on its Yota network), US smartphone users can consider this a teaser for the super-speeds awaiting them in their near future.

The HTC Max 4G is basically an HTC Touch HD with WiMax and 4G. WiMax is WiFi’s successor (often termed “WiFi on steroids”), a broadband standard with a range of as much as 80 km and a bandwidth as high as 75 bps. And if WiMax is a better Wi-Fi, then 4G is a better 3G.

Such connectivity and speeds will finally allow smartphone users to watch video-on-demand and live television broadcasts. In fact, according to Russia’s Scartel, the HTC Max 4G will be capable of displaying as many as 9 channels at the same time.

Motorola introduces Voice Over Wireless LAN

Meanwhile, Motorola has been working on bringing enterprise users together for a whole lot cheaper. Just like VoIP or Voice-Over Internet Protocol brought real-time, live telecommunications to market for a fraction of the price of a phone call (or a cell phone bill) – sometimes so inexpensive as to cost nothing at all – Motorola is bringing a similar technology to the mobile market.

Called “Total Enterprise Access and Mobility VoWLAN”, this product will integrate multiple servers on top of a business’s existing telecommunications infrastructure, scalable for as many as 4,500 users. The product suite will also include LAN-capable (really LAN-exclusive) Windows Mobile smartphone for the purchasing company’s staff, making it possible for employees to eschew their desktop phones completely in favor of a full smartphone solution.

These smartphones that Motorola includes as part of this package will include Push-to-Talk services and will allow users to have as many as 4 simultaneously active voice sessions.

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