Friday, February 5, 2010

Mobile devices more mobile ! ! !

Smartphone trends, which in one way or another made their way into our lives last year will see them more important in coming years and ever changing.

- Android speed

Google's Android will come in a close second to iphone. RIM's BlackBerry will trail in third placing, while Symbian Series60 and Windows Mobile will take fourth and fifth spots, respectively. A number of Android devices have already been announced by HTC, Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson and increasing number will start from 2010 onwards. The system will become more refined as application development for the platform gets into tuning up. Hardware for Android devices has already broken the 1GHz processor barrier and there will be larger and higher-resolution screens to look forward to. Google is expected to unveil more exclusive content for Android this year. We may even see Android move beyond mobile devices if they are successful in the short term.

- Faster mobile broadband, higher bandwidth enable more services

There will be more bandwidth for consuming content and data packages will become even more affordable. Enabling these will allow consumers to experience more online services without worrying about the cost. Internet telephony and mobile banking are two areas that will benefit the most, and cloud computing won't be simply a dream. As we move forward, users will become more conscious of the need to protect their devices and data, while companies will experiment with more "green" components and manufacturing processes.

- Enhanced search algorithms put the complete "encyclopedia" in your pocket

It's not a breakthrough concept, but it'll make search a lot easier, well, once the service addresses teething beta issues. Goggles is currently available on devices running Android 1.6 and above and reality is another possible area which may complement voice and image search. This feature uses an overlay, global positioning and the handset's camera to help users identify attractions, landmarks and even nearby tweets.

- Social-networking services 
Facebook, Friendster,Twitter, etc., are services which should be familiar to many people.We should see more social-networking platforms but existing ones will gradually provide more niche services, e.g. LinkedIn for business professionals. Users are already able to share content across various subscribed platforms, but they'll have more control over the content and privacy.

- Services get more close to personal

Services such as those become more in demand as more people embrace always-on connectivity. Global positioning features are already standard smartphone features, but their usefulness will be compounded as more applications are tweaked to become aware of the user's location, both outdoors and indoors. We will see e-coupons and mobile transactions very soon to kick off and NETS already started working on this. So when a user can make cinema ticket booking or buy grocery automatically receive information of the day's offerings and pay using his device.

I think the next thing would be to worry on the devices power usage with so many applications running at one go and the longer power it provides with minimal charge would be one that is going to win the user's heart, not just ease of mind.

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