2015: Ten Mind-blowing Mobile Technologies to Look Forward To
As 2014 draws to an end, techies across the world are keeping their eyes and ears peeled, eagerly looking forward to what mobile technology innovations 2015 holds.
2015 could very well be a huge year for mobile technologies, though it’s difficult to say how these might change the business and consumer world. Let’s take a look at ten of the most highly anticipated mobile technologies gracing us next year.
Rumors and speculation abound, Apple has yet to confirm the exact release date, though iWatch is slated for release sometime in spring next year.
Apple’s iWatch is ideal for busy professionals who want the light-weight and industry-changing power of the iPhone in a flexible smartwatch.
Even though competitors have their own unique smart watches, having access to all iPhone (including Siri) features in a nice little wrist watch just can’t be beat. The possibilities are quite likely, and businesspeople everywhere are going to be pleased with having smartphone capabilities strapped to their wrists.
Wherever there’s a tech discussion going on, Google Glass somehow seems to find its way into it. Undergoing rigorous testing, the product has only been released in the US, and is set to be released in other regions by 2015.
Picture a smart device that places the web and several smartphone dead center in your perspective as you view the world. Imagine this: a sales professional instantly sees client details just by looking at him/her. Or factory workers who get to see instructions for operating a particular type of machinery, right from their glasses.
The capabilities Google Glass can offer may be best described as mind numbing. It would be interesting to see how various businesses incorporate it into their day-to-day processes.
Upcoming Wi-Fi Standards
A very promising tech change that 2015 is bringing is new Wi-Fi standards.
Standards such as 802.11ac , 11ad as well as 11ah will boost Wi-Fi performance in the coming year and make it a good selection for telemetry applications, in addition to equipping Wi-Fi with new services.
In the next three years, Wi-Fi infrastructures will have to shoulder more demands as more Wi-Fi devices are implemented in organizations, cellular “offloading” becomes more mainstream, and applications like location sensing require denser access-point installations.
The opportunities new standards bring along with the performance demands of new applications will deem it necessary for organizations to make revisions or replace their Wi-Fi setup altogether.
As it stands currently, HTML5 poses a number of security and implementation risks . However, its only inevitable that as HTML5 matures over time, along with its development tools, its hybrid and mobile web application popularity increases.
Despite these challenges, HTML 5 development is going to be a highly sought-after technology, particularly useful for businesses offering applications across several platforms.
Advanced UE Design
Some of the best mobile apps offer exceptional user experience – achieved by certain techniques and methodologies like a “quiet and simple” design or “playful and casual” interfaces.
Designers are also working on making apps that take into account certain mobile challenges like interruption and partial user attention, or others that feature a certain “wow” factor, augmented reality for example.
Leading consumer mobile apps are setting the bar really high in terms of UI design; every organization must develop new skills and collaborate with new partners to avoid falling short of consumers’ expectations.
It is estimated by 2020 a well-equipped household in a diverse market will have several different types of smart objects – domestic appliances, medical devices, LED light sources, toys, controllable power sockets, you name it.
These ‘smart objects’ will have the ability to communicate with your smartphone app, through which you can perform a variety of functions, including using them as remote controls, displaying or analyzing info, paying for subscriptions, updating object firmware or interfacing with social media to tweet or post something.
LTE’s successor LTE (Long Term Evolution) Advanced is a cellular technology that generally improves spectral efficiency and has the ability to push cell phone networks to speak downlink speeds of nearly 1 Gbps, with reduced latency.
Mobile users are always craving more bandwidth – LTE-A is the answer. Stellar performance coupled with new features like LTE Broadcast will allow network operators to start offering new services.
Multi-platform and Architecture App Development Tools
In the coming months and years, organizations are going to need app development tools that accommodate the 3 x 3 principle; supporting all three platforms, iOS, Android and Windows, as well as three app architectures, native, mobile Web and hybrid.
Tool selection will no doubt be a tough balancing act – several technical and non-technical issues will have to be traded off; vendor stability Vs productivity for example. Large organizations will definitely need to have a portfolio of different tools in order to deliver to platforms and architectures as required.
High-Precision Location Sensing
Being able to deliver highly contextual and relevant information as well as services to certain individuals, requires knowing their location to even a few meters. Apps that can pinpoint your exact indoor location are utilizing technologies like geomagnetics , ultrasonic beacons , imaging and Wi-Fi.
The use of wireless beacons has been steadily growing, particularly with the new Bluetooth Smart standard . Technologies like smart lighting are probably going to be in the limelight sooner than later. Indoor location detection with pinpoint accuracy when combined with mobile apps, will give rise to another generation of highly personalized services.
Enterprise Mobile Management
EMM describes convergence and future evolution of a number of support, security and mobile management technologies. This includes application wrapping, mobile app management, mobile device management and a few elements of sharing and enterprise file synchronization.
Tools like these can only mature with time, span out in their scope and address a number of mobile management demands across popular OSs on tablets, smartphones and PCs.
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