5 Hardware? What’s That?
Another somewhat obvious next step for the entire industry—mobile hardware will slowly become less relevant when consumers buy a phone. Instead, phones will come with more and more cloud storage and software will surely become the primary differentiator between devices. What OS does it run? How many apps does it support? These are just two questions that are already becoming much more common than “How many megapixels does the camera have?” and “How slim is the phone?”
4 Speed, Speed, Speed
This one is kind of obvious if you have been watching mobile phones evolve over the past year. Seems like just yesterday a dual core mobile processor was something we “Oooh’d and Ahhh’d” at. Now we have eight core processors and no one is too impressed. But it is not all about processors, our mobile broadband speeds are going to explode and mobile devices will come with a whole lot more RAM, which will result in bidding farewell to that annoying and familiar buffering icon. Good riddance!
3 Consolidation across the Board
Mobile, in general, is quite fragmented. Operating systems, devices, app stores… they are all confusing and overwhelming for the average consumer. If you ask me, we will see a strong trend of consolidation throughout the industry, whether it happens through acquisitions or just decisions on the part of the various companies, things are going to get a whole lot simpler in the coming years.
2 Virtual and Physical Finally Meet
There are many technologies that bridge the gap between virtual and real life. Whether it is scanning a QR code before purchasing something or using your phone to augment your reality, these are trends we are going to see a whole lot more of in the coming years. While NFC, QR Codes, Augmented Reality and others have been around for quite some time, the trend of wearable computing will surely play a part in bringing these technologies to the mainstream.
1 Wearable Computing
Ok, repeat after me “I will never ever wear my mobile device on my body.” There, now you joined millions of other people who are going to be proven wrong over the next few years. How do I know? How many times did you say “I will never use Facebook/Twitter/Foursquare! I just don’t see the point!” And now, are you on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Foursquare? You won’t wear your mobile phone on your face or wrist because it will look weird? Really? But you will use a Bluetooth headset and walk around talking to yourself in public? Ok, I think you get the point. Wearable computing is just getting started and it is of course being led by none other than Google with their Project Glass. Of course it’s not yet mainstream, but if I am judging by previous trends, it won’t be long.
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