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10 Mobile Technologies for 2011


According to a new Gartner report there are 10 mobile technologies that enterprises should be aware of as we approach 2011. Among them are Bluetooth 4, the mobile Web, app stores and enhanced location awareness.

Completing the top 10 are the mobile Web, platform-independent mobile application development tools, enhanced location awareness, wireless broadband, M2M technology and device-independent security.

According to Gartner analyst Nick Jones “In consumer terms, one technology that people will notice most will be Bluetooth 4, which brings a low-energy mode,”. “It will also enable a lot of peripherals to the mobile phone and have a battery life of potentially years.”

Such peripherals, Jones said, could include “intelligent, simple jewellery” with unique functionality and health care capabilities, such as a device that measures a person’s blood pressure or heart rate on a jog.

“I think app stores are, if you like, the second of three phases of mobility,” Jones said. “The first was a device-centric world. The iPhone marks the next era: the device plus application. And the third phase that we’re starting to see emerging is device plus cloud, or plus services. It’s not just about the apps on the device anymore, but that they give you access to things in the cloud.”

Noting that Apple is the current app store king and Nokia the dominant OS provider, Jones expects Android to take the No. 2 OS spot in the future.

“I think we’ll see some shifting in where the developers are focusing,” Jones told eWEEK. “There are many hundreds of million of Nokia users in the world, and developers may start thinking, ‘Even though they’re not big downloaders, we could make money just by virtue of their numbers.’”

Also notable in the report is that, by 2011, 85 percent of the handsets shipping globally are expected to include some form of browser, however primitive, which Gartner says is important because it will allow organizations to deliver simple applications to large numbers of handsets at low costs.

“In mature markets, the mobile Web and associated Web adaptation tools will be a leading technology for B2C [business-to-consumer] mobile applicationsthrough 2012, and should be part of every organization’s B2C technology portfolio,” states the report.

By 2011, we should also expect to see GPS shipping on 75 percent of devicesheaded to “mature markets,” such as Western Europe and Japan, and electronic compasses on 30 percent of smartphones . Combining location and direction, says the report, “enables applications such as augmented reality viewers, which have started to emerge for tasks such as location-aware search and social networking.”

Going forward, we can also expect to see still more location-aware applications geared toward both consumers and enterprise workers, as well as enterprises using services such as Twitter, which supports location tagging and awareness—which consumers should, of course, have the option of opting into.


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