Mobile Technology 2011: Roundup of what we can expect

Here at OSM we’ve seen some massive developments in mobile technology in the first part of this year and can only wonder what we might expect to come in the rest of the year. Huge steps are currently being made all the time and we thought it would be appropriate to roundup the advances we’re seeing.

Luckily this is where research analysts come in and Forrester Research has just issued a report, “2011 Mobile Trends,” which looks at some of the developing trends, everything from 4G networks to NFC (near-field communication), operating systems to carriers. Clint Boulton over on eWeek has taken a look at the Forrester report and compiled a useful slideshow to illustrate 10 of these insights.

For example some people already use the term mobile for tablet devices, but in Forrester’s eyes this is now official. The term mobile should now also apply to not only iPads , the upcoming Motorola Xoom and other tablets, but also to e-readers and netbooks. Another aspect that Forrester looks at is location-based social networking. As more sites have started to integrate location into their own social networks (think Facebook Places), the future of Foursquare and others like it, seems more uncertain.

Also NFC is certainly a growing trend. We have recently reported on this functionality possibly coming to the iPhone 5 and iPad 2, which would enable people to use their mobile devices as a payment system. The rise of 4G also comes under attention although the Forrester findings suggest this will not live up to expectations just yet. Although some 4G phones are upcoming (think the Motorola Atrix 4G (AT&T) or Droid Bionic (Verizon)), there will not be enough devices to bring 4G or the much-hyped Verizon LTE network, to the fore just yet.

There’s much more information available so for the full detailed slideshow with all 10 insights head to the eWeek link above. Meanwhile if you find it easier to concentrate on the week ahead rather than the longer-term future then you might find an article over on StrategyEye by Tom O’Meara interesting. This looks at smartphones and the top 5 market predictions for this week.

We’d like to know what you think about what we’ll see from mobile technology in 2011? Do you think we’ll be disappointed by anything we’ve heard of so far, or maybe you think the best stuff is still to come? Why not send us your comments to let us know.

  • android developer

    So, at this moment I think the Xoom is attempting to be sold as a luxury device similar to the iPad and therefore charging in that same price range. Until we see HP, Asus, Acer, and MSI all hitting the market with high-end Honeycomb tablets to “flood the market” with tablets to increase adoption similar to what happened with netbooks we really don’t know what price advantage Apple really has.