10 hot wireless-consumer trends 2013 :
1. Cloud reliance reshapes device needs. More than 50 percent of tablet users and well above 40 percent of smartphone users in USA, Japan, Australia and Sweden appreciate the improved simplicity of having the same apps and data seamlessly available through the cloud on multiple devices.
2. Computing for a scattered mind. From desktops, files and folders to flat surfaces, apps and cloud services, consumers are increasingly turning their backs on a computing paradigm for the focused mind. Tasks are handled at the spur of the moment – as we stand in a shopping line or talk to someone at a café. Purchase intent is higher for tablets compared to desktop PCs, and for smartphones compared to laptops.
3. Bring your own broadband to work. A total of 57 percent of smartphone users use their personal smartphone subscriptions at work. Personal smartphones are increasingly being used for work, to send emails, plan business trips, find locations and more.
4. City-dwellers go relentlessly mobile. By relentlessly accessing the internet always and everywhere, consumers are now an unstoppable force making internet truly mobile. Total smartphone subscriptions will reach 3.3 billion by 2018 and mobile network coverage is one of the most important drivers of satisfaction for city life.
5. Personal social security networks. As a result of economic turbulence, trust in traditional structures and authorities is decreasing and consumers increasingly trust their personal communities. Personal networks online serve as a safety net and social media is shaping up to be a serious contender to the traditional job agency.
6. Women drive the smartphone market. New figures clearly show that women drive mass-market smartphone adoption. No less than 97 percent of female smartphone owners use SMS. A total of 77 percent send and receive photos, 59 percent use social networking, 24 percent check in at locations and 17 percent redeem coupons. The figures for men are lower in these areas.
7. Cities become hubs for social creativity. City center dwellers have significantly more friends online than people in suburban areas. 12 percent of people that live in cities say that the main reason for using social networks is to connect and exchange ideas with others, making it the third most common reason for social networking after staying up-to-date with friends and keeping them updated.
8. In-line shopping. A total of 32 percent of smartphone users already shop with smartphones; they now start to combine in-store and online shopping aspects. They want to see products, get information and make price comparisons, and make purchases immediately without having to que up at the cash register.
9. TV goes social. A total of 62 percent of viewers use social forums while watching video and TV – and 42 percent of those who use social forums or chats while watching discuss things they currently watch on a weekly basis. Over 30 percent are more likely to pay for content watched in social contexts. The majority of video and TV consumption on mobile devices takes place in the home.
10. Learning in transformation. Learning is transformed through both internal and external forces: Young people bring their personal technology experience into the classroom, driving a bottom-up pressure for change. Simultaneously governments and institutions look for new ICT solutions in order to be more efficient. Connectivity changes the outlook for children on a global scale. In India, around 30 million of 69 million urban children aged 9 to 18 own mobile phones.
Source: Ericsson.com Consumer Lab
Trends in Mobile Computing
Trends in Mobile Computing
By Christa Joe
Mobile devices have had a radical impact on the different routines of individual of the modern era. Introduction of mobile phones itself changed the communication patterns in its earlier years and with technology continuously expanding, it is now leaving a mark on other parts as well. Mobile computing not only provides the basic function of communicating, but helps the users in performing other day-to-day tasks like organizing tasks, social sharing, taking pictures and other computational tasks.
Data access capabilities, with the introduction of wireless networking, are also provided in advanced mobile devices. Mobile technology is also adding new variations and improvisations in order to improve the overall experience of mobile user. Some new trends that have been introduced in mobile computing, in recent years are:
- Smart-phone Computing: Third-party application development for various smartphone platforms like iOS, Android, Windows mobile etc. has raised the graph of innovation and functionality in these apps. Different concepts like BYOD and enterprise mobility have introduced the use of smart-phone apps as enterprise applications for different domains of industry
- Security in mobile: With mobiles becoming smarter each day, data handling capabilities become an integral part of mobile computing. Devices are also connected to a network at all times, so the need to secure the stored data also arises. Due to this mobile security becomes an essential component of mobile computing, since communication purpose of the device has been advanced from voice to data.
- Wireless networking: Different networking technologies like 4G and WiMax are also introduced recently which boosts up the data computing tasks of devices and provides high speed data accessibility from these devices. It is fruitful for the users who demands large amount of data transfer from their handheld device.
- M-commerce: Online commerce activities have been a common activity for users, for laxative shopping experience. With evolving mobile computing practices, users can now perform the same tasks using their hand-held devices i.e. mobile phones or tablets. Different security parameters are taken care of in such activity, which involves financial information processing. Different mobile payment apps have also been introduced to cement a strong foundation of m-commerce activity.
Other location based mobile application services which make use of special system called Global positioning system or GPS, are introduced which allow its users to gain the information access to varied locations from their device.
Different maps facilities like Google maps allow its users to gain turn-by-turn navigation from their source of journey to their destination address. Different camera applications are also introduced which makes use of GPSs with Geo-tagging feature so users can customize their map view according to their requirements.
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