Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Out of ninety million cell phone users in Japan, only around a million of them have television enabled devices.There are other new, exciting uses for this type of mobile technology. GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) and Video Games, for example, are slated for use with the digital television on the cell phone. The picture is much better quality than the older analog TV phones, and new Nokia handsets have the video screen flip-out from the side of the phone. The screen on the Nokia is a rather puny, 1.65 inches by 2.24 inches, but it pumps out 16 million possible colors with its 320 X 240 pixel configuration. It is a sleek and well designed new phone, and three hours of battery life is the maximum expected if the user is watching television programs. Another downside, other than battery life, is that commuters can watch programs‚Äîbut only as long as they are commuting above ground. When their trains or other vehicles go underground‚Äîthey will lose the digital signal. As the television content providers, the cell-phone companies, and the cell-phone manufacturers continue to tweak their business models and decide how to divide the spoils of eventual new revenues, undoubtedly consumers will find new ways to use and enjoy their phones. It is almost certain that this video technology is in its very infancy, and one day, not too far in the future, when we are all equipped with commonplace mobile video devices, we will have a hard time remembering a time when only a small segment of the population had video technology on the go.