Mobile space to buzz with 10 new technologies by 2011
Research firm Gartner on Wednesday identified top 10 mobile technologies that will evolve significantly through 2011 to impact short-term mobile strategies and policies. Investments in mobile applications and technologies will increase through 2011, with organisations emerging from recession and ramp up both business-to-employee and business-to-consumer mobile spending.
According to Gartner, two new versions of Bluetooth wireless technology will emerge by 2011. Bluetooth 3 will emerge to enable faster data transmission, and Bluetooth 4 will introduce a new low-energy (LE) mode that will enable communication with external peripherals and sensors. Both versions will include other technical improvements to improve battery life and security. Gartner believes that Bluetooth 3 will facilitate corporate and consumer functions demanding large bandwidth like downloading images and videos from handsets. Bluetooth LE will enable a range of new sensor-based business models in industries such as fitness, healthcare and environmental control.
By 2011, over 85% of the handsets shipped globally will include some form of browser. In mature markets such as Western Europe and Japan, about 60% of the handsets shipped will be smartphones with sophisticated browsing capability and the ability to render conventional HTML sites in some manner.
“Mobile technologies will evolve in ways that affect corporate strategies, significant numbers of customers or employees will adopt or expect them, or they will address particular mobile challenges that organisations will face through 2011,” said Nick Jones, vice-president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.
By the end of 2011, over 75% of devices shipped in mature markets will include a GPS. GPS will be the primary, but not the only, means of establishing handset locations. Wi-Fi and cell ID systems will remain important in situations where GPS is unavailable or unreliable.
Mobile platforms will become more diverse through 2012, although consolidation will not have started, and in some markets, five or more platforms may have a significant presence. Mobile application stores will be the primary, and in some cases, the only way to distribute applications to smartphones and other mobile devices, says the research firm. App stores also provide a range of business support functions, such as payment processing that assist smaller organisations.
They will be a distribution channel for mobile applications and a commercial channel to sell applications and content, especially in international markets. Many applications will exploit eco-system cloud services. Touchscreens are emerging as the dominant user interface for large-screen handsets and will be included in over 60% of the mobile devices shipped in Western Europe and North America in 2011.
In 2010-11, the availability of multi-megabit wireless broadband performance will continue to grow, because mobile networks enhance their broadband performance. Embedded cellular networking will become a standard feature of many corporate laptops, and will enable new types of network-connected devices and business models such as e-books and media players.
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