Mobile Tech Trends and Insights That Could Affect Your Business
Part of planning to stay competitive and to succeed in any business these
days means not only keeping and eye on what your competitors are doing in the
market but also looking at the technical trends that show what your customers,
your competitors and you will be most likely to be doing in the near future.
digitalisation of business and the way that gadgeted-up tech savvy customers
want to interact with your company will mean that a greater awareness of which
technological trends appear most significant is important. This is another way
in which your IT Support Company can help.
Insights From The Recent Mobile World Congress (MWC) in
As noted in Computer Weekly recently the Recent Mobile World Congress (MWC)
in Barcelona was a place to get some insights and to spot some of the
technological trends that could affect us all over the next 5 to 10 years.
Some of the main trends noted by industry observers and commentators there
- A slow down in the amount of big innovations being added to smart phones
and a slimming down of the smart phone offerings. Existing smart phones appear
to have reached a peak in sensor and pixel resolution and it may be that we
view smart phones as more of commodity. Manufacturers may therefore be
offering us neater versions without all the add-ons, and are likely in the
near future to differentiating their phones based on smaller factors.
- Wearable technology is very much on the way in! Apple’s recent watch
launch and the trend for fitness tracking gadgets such as iFit Active and
Fitbit present opportunities for technology companies and those same smart
phone brands to sell us more products, although more for notification than
communication. Some wearables could present opportunities for businesses e.g.
if used for mobile payments.
- The next generation of mobile technology (5G) is likely be faster and more
powerful and could utilise a wireless broadband network thus requiring phones
to have more and different chips and antennae to handle the connections.
Everyone would welcome faster communications but it is still difficult to
predict how fast, how soon and what exact form it will take.
- The introduction of autonomous cars looks likely within a year and
driverless cars perhaps within a decade. Autonomous vehicles allow the
driver to retain some control e.g. drive autonomously in traffic jams without
the need for the driver to put their hands on the wheel or even keep their
eyes on the road at that point. Renault-Nissan Alliance head Carlos
Ghosn for example said that (with 110 models already sold in over 100 markets)
he plans to introduce an autonomous connected car to the market in 2016.
already used to the idea and the benefits of electronic cars and we’re seeing
the commercials of cars parking themselves. This next new wave of greater
autonomy is predicted to go mainstream within the next 3 to 4 years. This
could of course have implications for what we are able to productively and
legally do in those extra minutes in the traffic jam where we don’t have to
- Technical collaboration between many disciplines will bring us new
business opportunities. Taking the cars example Carlos Ghosn from
Renault-Nissan has already shared technologies with NASA to improve vehicles
that operate on other planet surfaces as well as our own. Mr Ghosn has also
indicated that he would welcome the input of companies like Apple into the car
market. We will therefore see many opportunities for existing and start
up companies to feed these innovative market opportunities, as well as being
able to improve our own businesses with collaborative technology product