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.

The 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 Barcelona

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 included:

  • 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.

    We’re 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 physically drive.

  • 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 innovations.