2014 Developer Summit – Track Session Sneak Preview #1
The 2014 AT&T Developer Summit is coming up January 4-6 in Las Vegas at the Palms Casino Resort. This year’s conference will be packed with technology, networking, access to AT&T experts, and a full range of break-out sessions you won’t want to miss following the keynote on the morning of Jan. 6th.
You can start now to build your own personalized agenda of sessions from the Executive Panels, Trends, Design, Programming, Business Solutions, and Industry tracks. In order to help you choose the right sessions and create your own high impact learning experience in advance, we will be sharing detailed sneak previews of the track sessions over the next several weeks leading up to the event.
To kick it off, our first track session preview is of Trends in Mobile Devices: Connected Life.
Ginger Chien is back again this year to speak at the AT&T Developer Summit about 2014 device technologies in the session entitled Trends in Mobile Devices: Connected Life. This session is scheduled in the first slot of the Trends Track at 10:45 AM and will give you valuable context for the remaining sessions of the day. Ginger will review a wide range of technologies that AT&T has chosen for inclusion in our devices next year, focusing on the ones that play a meaningful role in how a developer might create applications for our devices and network.
Ginger Chien is a device architect in AT&T’s Subscriber Product Engineering group and has been in the mobile communications industry since the days of pagers. Prior to that she worked in some pretty esoteric technologies such as electromagnetic pulse hardening and underground tunneling machines, and also spent many years as an Electrical Engineering lecturer giving some pretty mean exams in systems analysis and signal processing. These days she works on application layer, security, and networking topics as they relate to devices and services and she’s very excited to be back for her 3rd year talking about new developments in device technologies. This is always a popular session and it seems that everyone wants to know what upcoming devices will have inside them. Judging from the attendance in past years, we think there’s a bit of toy store excitement in all of us.
As you might guess, AT&T and our device manufacturers juggle hundreds of technical decisions as we assemble the lineup of devices each year. Every decision we make matters in the performance, reliability, durability, cost, and capability of a device. Many decisions such as sensor technologies and processing speed directly affect your application design decisions while some other decisions are just downright interesting (Ginger’s been dying to talk more about our shake and bake device endurance tests but there never seems to be enough time given all the important topics that need to be covered).
The session will focus on numerous topics in 5 broad categories:
– Computing hardware
– Data transport
– Device power
– Miscellaneous hardware
– Services and enablers
Ginger will talk about application processor speeds and architectures and how we continue to raise the performance and number of features that are becoming “standard equipment” in a broad range of our better devices. She will also talk about the next big speed boosts coming in our 2014 and 2015 LTE network. More speed and power are great, but we all know that it’s all too easy to pack features into an application that overwhelm the best efforts of engineers and physicists pushing these envelopes. Ginger’s goal is to give you a realistic picture of what you can expect, and if you combine that with tools (like our performance-boosting Application Resource Optimizer) and lessons learned from sessions such as How Better Mobile App Performance Improves Your Bottom Line you’ll be on your way to the sweet spot that puts your application above the others.
Of course, speed and performance alone aren’t enough without understanding the ability of a device to remain conveniently mobile and deliver functionality. This session provides an update on where battery technology stands and how we’re pushing forward with wireless charging. There are plenty of other hardware technologies that emerged last year and are hitting their stride: Bluetooth 4.0, extreme display resolutions, more life-proof devices, and long-envisioned and interesting form factors. Ginger will also share information about our platform mix, provide updates on the latest in location technologies, and will talk about current and future service enablers.
You won’t want to miss Trends in Mobile Devices: Connected Life! It immediately follows the exciting executive keynote and these openers are a great way to kick off the day’s sessions. Registration is quick and easy at https://devsummit.att.com/.
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