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Smartphones keep getting larger and tablets are getting smaller, beginning to totally blur what was just a few years ago considered a group of distinct form factors. The platforms that power these blocks of glass, plastic, and silicon have also seen improvements, with iOS7 appearing to be able to keep the iPhone growth alive and Android utterly dominating countries such as China in its path to 1 billion activations. New operating systems such as Firefox are in the wild as companies such as Microsoft frantically try to right the ship and save their platforms and devices from obscurity.
Across Europe 4G LTE is beginning to see deployments that will allow its users to see the speed and latency benefits that those in parts of Asia, the US, and others have over the past years. This in turn will begin to accelerate mobile data consumption and creation across a greater global footprint. Live and high quality video from mobile devices will become amazingly commonplace.
Today we are also seeing new products from Google, Samsung and even possibly Apple that are serious entrants to the wearable technology arena – and all of them are running mobile operating systems. Apple has thrown down the gauntlet against NFC technology with its new iBeacon service which means that all parties involved are taking mobile payments and other types of direct interactions over secure mobile channels very seriously.
Organizations who are late to the mobile game are hurrying to catch up. Many who have focused more on the consumer aspect of mobility are starting to put serious efforts into B2E mobile initiatives. Those who are already mobilizing their workforce are looking for ways to improve, standardize, and focus their efforts.
Also, the Web isn’t going anywhere….
So what does this all mean to you?