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   Date: 7th Oct 2010

MEMS based motion sensors making smartphones more smarter

ABI Research expects that sensor-driven user interface (UI) to be an emergent theme in the next wave of mobile UI innovation and has forecased that by 2013, 85% of smartphones will ship with GPS, over 50% will ship with accelerometers, and almost 50% will have gyroscopes.

"The growth of sensors in smartphones will be driven by applications such as gaming, location awareness, and augmented reality, as well as the expansion of motion-based commands," says senior analyst Victoria Fodale. "The high-level operating system of a smartphone, which provides open application programming interfaces (APIs), has facilitated the use of data from cameras, sensors, and GPS receivers."

Sensors will also help OEMs to innovate beyond a touchscreen UI for differentiation in the marketplace. However added functionality must be balanced with ease of use. "There is an inherent paradox with technology," says Fodale. "As mobile devices integrate more technology, the UI must be kept simple enough to be intuitive for the user."

          
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