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Gesture control, gyroscope and NFC to be prominent smartphone features

Jack Loo | July 31, 2013
ABI Research report says the new functions can transform user experience.

Accelerometers, vision-based gesture recognition, gyroscopes, and NFC are predicted to be strongly featured in smartphones in 2013, according to a recent study by ABI Research. 

The report, Next Generation Mobile Devices Research Service, said gesture recognition is going to be a key differentiator in high-end smartphones.

“Samsung’s latest Galaxy S4 has already incorporated the technology within its handset and has received significant plaudits for its new innovative user experience,” said ABI Research senior analyst Joshua Flood. 

“Today’s consumers are becoming much savvier with their smartphones and they’re looking for new interesting ways to communicate with each other and their devices,” said Flood.

In 2013, almost 12 percent of smartphones shipped will have vision-based gesture recognition capabilities, research from the report revealed. It is still up in the air if Apple will include the technology in its next generation iPhone; however, the company is expected to include a full array of MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) sensors and NFC, said ABI Research analysts.

MEMS sensor types include accelerometers and gyroscopes, where devices can be more intuitive and take action without the user pressing a button. One example where these sensors can be used is in mobile games, which help enhance gaming experience. Nearly half of the smartphones shipped this year will include these MEMS sensor types, reported the study.

While NFC technology has primarily been focused around mobile payments, mobile OEMs have begun to see other potential capabilities for NFC such as photo-sharing and location information tag points that could open a huge market for advertising and marketing campaigns, noted ABI Research analysts. Within three years, it is anticipated one in two smartphones shipped will include NFC and have gesture recognition capabilities, the study reported. 


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