Emerging mobile technologies for 2015 – 2016
Mobile computing is evolving at a rapid pace and there are a number of mobile technologies and capabilities that IT professionals should master, according to Gartner.
Nick Jones, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, identified some of the essential ones for 2015 and 2016.
Multiplatform/Multi-architecture Application Development Tools
Most large organisations will need a portfolio of several development tools to support three key platforms: Android, iOS and Windows; and three application architectures: native, hybrid and mobile web.
As HTML5 and its development tools mature, the popularity of the mobile web and hybrid applications will increase. Hence, despite many challenges, HTML5 will be an essential technology for organisations delivering applications across multiple platforms.
Advanced Mobile User Experience Design
Leading mobile apps are delivering exceptional user experiences. These are achieved by a variety of new techniques and methodologies, such as motivational design, “quiet” design and “playful” interfaces.
Designers are also creating apps that can accommodate mobile challenges, such as partial user attention and interruption, or that can exploit technologies with “wow” factors, such as augmented reality.
High-Precision Location Sensing
Apps exploiting precise indoor location currently use technologies such as Wi-Fi, imaging, ultrasonic beacons and geomagnetics. In the longer term, technologies such as smart lighting will also become important. Precise indoor location sensing, combined with mobile apps, will enable a new generation of extremely personalised services and information.
The smartphone will become the hub of a personal-area network consisting of wearable gadgets such as on-body healthcare sensors, smart jewellery, smart watches, display devices (like Google Glass) and a variety of sensors embedded in clothes and shoes. These gadgets will communicate with mobile apps to deliver information in new ways and enable a wide range of products and services in areas such as sport, fitness, fashion, hobbies and healthcare.
Mobile-Connected Smart Objects
By 2020, the average affluent household in a mature market will contain several hundred smart objects, including LED light bulbs, toys, domestic appliances, sports equipment, medical devices and controllable power sockets.
These will be a part of the Internet of Things (IoT), and most will be able to communicate with an app on a smartphone or tablet, which will perform many functions.
These include acting as remote controls, displaying and analysing information, interfacing with social networks to monitor “things” that can tweet or post, paying for subscription services, ordering replacement consumables and updating object firmware.
In the near future, mobile computing will be everywhere. Are you ready?
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