The evolution of mobile technology is occurring at an increasingly rapid pace. The power available to us, conveniently compact to fit in our pockets, is a feat of modern engineering. It’s a technological marvel, enabling us the ability to communicate with others and retrieve almost any information instantaneously.
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Every year, mobile technology presents something new to look forward to on the horizon. The technological marvels never cease to amaze, and in such a fast-paced developmental landscape, staying informed of the latest emerging trends can sometimes be a competitive sport.
This is particularly true for entrepreneurs and businesses looking to leverage mobile technology to grow and scale their business.
The ubiquitous nature of smartphones translates to an ever-growing adoption of mobile devices. Here at Zain, we examine several emerging mobile tech trends that will empower how you live your life.
1. The approach of 5G
There’s no doubt that 5G is one of the most anticipated trends to emerge from the latest innovation in mobile technology. The only question that remains is this: Which telecommunications company will be the first out of the gate to launch worldwide?
While industry experts don’t expect 5G to be available worldwide until 2020, investments are occurring to prepare for this next-generation mobile wireless standard.
At the Zain Group, proof-of-concept testing has occurred to enable the strategic rollout of 5G throughout the Middle East. As the leading telecom provider in the region, we hope this 5G trial reflects our commitment to remain at the forefront of 5G innovation.
And with ever-increasing data requirements, 5G is set to provide the necessary speeds and high capacity transmission to support these data-dependent applications. This will allow users to enjoy optimal experience when using emerging mobile tech trends (AR, IoT and automation) and accessing digital game services.
2. Further adoption of AR and VR
The releases of the Oculus Rift and Pokémon Go in 2016 and may have shown the world the power of virtual and augmented reality, but it is the smartphones that will truly showcase practical applications.
AR and VR are part of the foundational framework of the new digital reality. From retail showcasing to process manufacturing training, the amalgamation of AR and VR coupled with powerful mobile technology is shifting digital reality to employ immersive technology.
Expect to see more industries incorporate AR and VR further in consumer-oriented landscapes and user experiences.
3. Prioritizing application and data security
The rapid pace of advancements in the mobile technology front is bringing about major concerns regarding methods to protect your data. With mobile devices surpassing the median rate of desktop computers in households, understanding the threats to mobile security remains a priority.
Recent data breaches of enterprising firms in recent years highlight the need for telecommunication carriers to improve visibility on data protection to mitigate potential breaches. Apps that keep your phone and information safe, advanced analytics and tailor-made cybersecurity solutions are set to improve application and data security.
Advancements in IT security and new regulatory security compliance are increasing efficiencies in establishing stricter control over data infrastructures, improving security weak points and mitigating cybersecurity risks.
4. The boom of the Internet of Things
As more and more devices become internet-enabled, the Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to revolutionize the mobile tech industry. Even everyday household appliances (refrigerators, thermometers, virtual assistant devices, ovens and more) are now equipped with this technology.
As more physical gadgets interface with the internet, a more connected world is becoming a quick reality. From intelligent homes and smart wearables to smart cities and industry-specific IoT applications (agriculture, healthcare, retail, etc.), IoT pushes the boundaries and requirements for mobile devices, advancing mobile development.
IoT brings about with it a critical turning point in smartphone technology. While adoption of IoT remains on the rise, many, from regulatory agencies to industry experts, are concerned over IoT security and the potential for data breaches.
5. Machine learning and artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a mainstay of daily societal life. Virtual assistants such as Alexa, Google Home and Siri have integrated previously human-exclusive tasks into enhanced automated productivity. The inclusion of machine learning and big data is set to further magnify the abilities of AI.
Integration of machine learning and big data is enabling AI to take massive strides forward. In a few years, expect AI to enhance the functionality of other mobile applications such as IoT and augmented/virtual reality.
AI will further integrate into the realms of physical and digital, facilitating consumer brands to empower consumers with a choice as to how they engage and employ their purchasing power.
6. The rise of unlimited data plans
Throughout the development of mobile technology, data packages and tiered mobile data plans were the conventional norm. But, as mobile applications become more sophisticated and increase necessary data requirements, telecommunication carriers are shifting to more favorable unlimited Internet bundles.
The vast amounts of data to power mobile applications such as IoT, streaming services and augmented reality is requiring telecom companies to effectively update their data infrastructures. The accelerated growth in smartphone data consumption and request for larger data offerings is uncoupling previous conventional norms.
If data consumption rates continue at their current pace, expect telecom carriers to capitalize on unlimited data plan options.
It’s clear that innovations in mobile technology are shaping how we do things. As emerging technology further enhances mobile capabilities, the elemental role of mobile devices is converging, from demand to necessity.