14 Aug 10 Mobile technology that you can’t ignore in 2015
Social productivity, mobile apps, wearable, and BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) in corporate environments – we are moving rapidly towards the “mobile world.” While we’re still dependent on our desktops and laptops, let’s face the fact that our smartphones are doing good jobs improving our productivity, lifestyle, fitness, and leisure activities.
We use our smartphones to do a myriad of things from photo shoots to tracking our health activities to online shopping and more. The burgeoning mobile ecosystem feeds us with apps and on-demand services and we simply can’t ignore these trends in taps and a few clicks. The following are the 10 Mobile technology that you can’t ignore in 2015.
- Wearable and Smart watches +Smartphones: Tech brands like Samsung, Apple,Sony and also other competitors are staking in on wearable and smart devices such as Gear S, LG G Watch, and Smart Brand Talk. This trend is shaking the watch industry whilst popular brand Swatch throws its hat in producing smart watches to compete with Apple Watch. Meanwhile, Pebble also dodged a Kick starter campaign for the new color e-paper smart watch.
- Flourishing Anonymous Apps: How does it feel to give an opinion anonymously and communicate with strangers? Well, according to Honey and Sparks A-Z glossary of terms for 2015, anonymous apps will flourish this year – think Whisper, which allows you to express yourself and meet like-minded individuals or Secret or Mustache. Interestingly, teens are highly engaged in these platforms.
- Crowd Sourced apps and Uber-like Platforms: The ripple effect of these crowdsourcing apps is contagious – if it’s true that “there’s an app for that” as the popular Apple slogan is often quoted, there will be more “Uber-like apps for that” this year. More crowdsourcing apps like Airbnb and similar on-demand services, as well as personal assistants like Task Rabbit, mesh apps and models like ride-sharing, dog walking services and more.
- Smart Phones as hubs to control lot: This trend has begun but will continue this year as more developers create innovative solutions and products that are interdependent, which make up theInternet on things, these are the applications, devices, and platforms, sharing network connectivity to function and receive data. Imagine your smartphone as the remote control to open the doors, lock your cars, and monitor the current temperature of the whole building.
- LTE and LTE-A Powered Devices: Samsung has already released LTE-A powered devices such asGalaxy Note 4, Tab S, and Samsung Galaxy S5; the LTE-advanced technology will be integrated in future mobile devices. IT Business Edge said this new LTE-A is theoretically to push up to 1Gbps speed. Well, this would probably be good news for those countries that still experience the “Long-Term Endurance” of slow Internet connections.
- Mobile Payments and Rise of crypto Currencies: In conjunction with the crowd sourced apps, mobile payments and crypto currencies are likely to be part of this year’s mobile trends. Affiliated establishments of Bit coin are already accepting payment using smartphones and with Apple pushing the Apple Pay to the UK market, we will be seeing more of this trend this year. This is already changing the way we shop and pay via smartphones. Bit coin has been accepted as a payment method of big brands like Microsoft; the company secretly rolled out a payment gateway for Bit coin on Xbox and Windows. Recently, Samsung released its Galaxy S6 that comes with NFC and loop Pay mobile payment.
- Emphasis on mobile design for web platforms and businesses: Online entrepreneurs and even large corporations can’t ignore the growing traffic coming from mobile phones – users are adopting a “mobile” lifestyle and use their mobile phones to browse websites and apps. The emphasis on mobile design, including development of native apps (for businesses) and responsive design for websites will be taken seriously.
- The clash of Phablets: Smartphone’s and Tablets on the loose: From 4-inch display smartphones, we’ll be seeing more phablets and smartphones/tablets in different sizes. As consumers shift their preferences to phablets, major brands are also finding ways to gain traction from the mobile market by producing these phablets, in 5-inch display or more. Chinese tech brand Xiaomi is also competing against the Western companies with its Mi Note 4, LTE-powered device.
- Advanced Wi-Fi: Aside from the LTE-A upgrade, the demand for Wi-Fi networks and development of emerging standards such as 802.11ac (Waves 1 and 2), 11ad, 11aq and 11ah will boost the performance of mobile devices. They will be available for the next generation of smartphones and tablets according to IT Business Edge.
- IM Apps, the new Social media Channels: What Sapp, Viber, We Chat, KakaoTalk, Line and other IM apps are predicted to become the new social media channels with the increasing number of their users. Brian Solis, author of the “The Future of Business,” also included these apps as disruptive technologies for 2015-2016. For example, We Chat, a What Sapp equivalent in China, is being used not just as an IM, but e-commerce features are integrated as Ten cent streamlines its functionality to suit the users’ mobile habits.