Smartphone Emerging Technologies (Coursera)

Smartphone Emerging Technologies (Coursera)
Smartphones are one of the most influential devices that we use in our everyday lives. Smartphones consist of the most advanced hardware and software technologies that exist in the world, all combined together into a miraculous single easy-to-use portable system.

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Smart Device & Mobile Emerging Technologies

These lectures focus on the specifications, hardware modules, and OS (Operating System) iOS & Android that enable smartphones to perform various features and functionalities. Since there are so many smartphone types, in the lectures, three smartphones were selected and compared. The lecture covers the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, LG G4, and the iPhone 6 plus, which are among the most popular recently released smartphones in the world!

With this new knowledge on Cellular Networks, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Platform, OS (Operating System), Chipsets, CPU (Central Processing Unit), GPU (Graphics Processing Unit), Display, Location & Navigation system, and new Wireless Charging systems, you will be able to analyze, design, and plan new smartphones for the future.



Specialization Introduction

This specialization covers the concepts of the most important information technologies that you have been using and will be using throughout your entire life! This specialization course is specifically designed for beginners to make it as easy as possible to learn about IT (Information Technology) services, business models, and the most important operations. With the knowledge of this specialization, you will be able to discuss at an expert level with engineers and business professionals on the topics of Cloud Computing (including SaaS, PaaS, IaaS), Big Data (including Hadoop, MapReduce, HDFS), CDN (Content Delivery Network), Smartphone specifications and OSs (Operating Systems) iOS & Android, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Mobile Communication (including LTE and LTE-Advanced), IoT (Internet of Things), AR (Augmented Reality), and Internet technologies (including IPv4, IPv6, TCP, and UDP). Upon completion, you will understand these technologies and how they can work together to provide services to our smartphones, laptops, PCs, and TVs. With this new knowledge you will be able to analyze, design, and plan new IT devices and services for the future.


Smartphone Specifications

These lectures provide more details on some of the most essential smartphone system components that are used in the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, LG G4, and the iPhone 6 plus. The lectures cover the specifications of GPS (Global Positioning System), A-GPS (Assisted GPS), DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), RDS (Radio Data System), Shatterproof Glass, Gorilla Glass, Oleophobic Coating, Super AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), IPS (In-Plane Switching), LED-Backlit LCD Display, Qi wireless charging, WPC (Wireless Power Consortium), and PMA (Power Matters Alliance).



These lectures focus on the major features and functionalities of the iPhone OS (Operating System) starting from iOS 1 and going all the way to iOS 8. The lectures start with iOS 1 which was the OS of the first iPhone, and continue down the path of evolution with iOS 2 which newly included the App Store and SDK (Software Development Kit), iOS 3 which newly included Voice Control and Find my iPhone, iOS 4 which newly included FaceTime video chat, iOS 5 which newly included iCloud and Siri, iOS 6 which newly included Passbook, iOS 7 which newly included Touch ID, and iOS 8 which newly included HealthKit & HomeKit.



These lectures focus on the major features and functionalities of the Android OS (Operating System) starting from Android 1.0 and going all the way to 5.0.2. The lectures start with Android Beta which is the beginning of the Android mobile OS, and continues down the path of evolution with Android 1.0 which was the first commercial Android OS, Android 1.5 Cupcake, Android 1.6 Donut, Android 2.0 Éclair, Android 2.2 Froyo, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Android 4.4 KitKat, and Android 5.0 Lollipop.


Android vs. iOS

This lecture focuses on the major features and functionalities of the Android and iOS OSs (Operating Systems) based on the Programming Language, Source model, Internet Browsing, Voice Commands, Video Chat, App Store, and Mobile Payments. Then some of the essential characteristics of Android and iOS are compared.