Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

Among the tech­nolo­gies that we will see a lot of will be Near-field Com­mu­ni­ca­tions (NFC), which could be­come the pri­mary medium for trans­fer­ring data over short ranges. A hand­ful of smart­phones from Nokia and Black­berry are al­ready en­abled, but 2012 could be the year in which they will fi­nally get some­thing to do.

An­other up­com­ing tech­nol­ogy to that will fa­cil­i­tate de­vice-to-de­vice con­nec­tiv­ity in the fu­ture is Wi-fi Di­rect. Cer­ti­fied by the Wi-fi Al­liance, the new tech­nol­ogy will let Wi-fi de­vices con­nect with each other quickly to share con­tent, sync or even print with or with­out tra­di­tional net­work avail­able. This tech­nol­ogy claims to of­fer data rates rang­ing be­tween 54 Mbps to 250 Mbps within a 100-me­ter range de­pend­ing upon the 802.11 a/g/n. This isn’t meant to re­place tra­di­tional Wi-fi and as it doesn’t re­quire any hard­ware spec­i­fi­ca­tion to work, any Wi-fi en­abled de­vice can be up­graded to Wi-fi di­rect with the help of the soft­ware.

While In­dia is still strug­gling with the 3G roll­out, the world is grad­u­ally grad­u­at­ing to 4G net­works. Although 4G is still a far-fetched dream for In­di­ans, in­ter­na­tion­ally we will see a lot many 4G en­abled de­vices be­ing launched.

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