IT Management: 10 Mobile Tech Trends to Watch into 2011: Gartner

 
 
By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2010-03-29
 
 
 

10 Mobile Tech Trends to Watch into 2011: Gartner

by Michelle Maisto

10 Mobile Tech Trends to Watch into 2011: Gartner

Bluetooth 3 and 4

By 2011, two new versions of Bluetooth will emerge, according to Garner. Bluetooth 3 will introduce 802.11 for faster data transmission, and Bluetooth 4 will introduce a low-energy mode that will enable communication with peripherals and sensors and makes it a fit for industries such as health care. The Littman Electronic Stethoscope, pictured, relies on Bluetooth to transmit sounds in real time to a PC for further analysis.

Bluetooth 3 and 4

The Mobile Web

By 2011, more than 85 percent of the handsets shipped globally are expected to include a browser. In mature markets, the mobile Web and Web adaptation tools will encourage the use of business-to-consumer (B2C) mobile apps, which Gartner says should be part of every enterprises B2C portfolio by 2012.

The Mobile Web

Mobile Widgets

Widgets, installable Web applications that can run on a devices home screen, are simple to use, convenient and can offer a business a good, inexpensive first step toward assessing demand for an application. This Verizon Wireless widget shows the real-time view from a New York City traffic camera.

Mobile Widgets

Platform-Independent Mobile AD Tools

Web technologies will be "insufficiently mature" through 2012, says Garter, making tools that can "reduce the burden of delivering installable applications to several platforms" more attractive. Such tools include Flash, Silverlight and AIR, as well as multiplatform development tools such as Qt, Appcelerator and Java Micro Edition.

Platform-Independent Mobile AD Tools

App Stores

Application stores will become part of a broader ecosystem that includes services in the cloud and technical partnerships offering functionalities such as navigation, mapping, search and social networking, says Gartner. It also expects app stores to take on the past tasks of mobile device management tools. Pictured here is Nokias Ovi app store.

App Stores

Enhanced Location Awareness

By the end of 2011, Gartner expects more than 75 percent of the devices shipped to mature markets to include GPS. Enterprises, using services such as Twitter, are expected to take advantage of consumer-aware apps. In January, Nokia began offering its Ovi Maps, which offers walking and driving directions, as well as landmark callouts, as a free download.

Enhanced Location Awareness

Celluar Broadband

Multimegabit wireless broadband will grow through 2011, with 3.5G technologies increasing and leading the way to 4G LTE deployments, says Gartner. On March 25, Lenovo introduced the ThinkPad Edge 14 and 15 laptops with the option of a Qualcomm Gobi modem to access Sprints 4G network.

Celluar Broadband

Touch Screens

Touch screens are becoming the dominant user interface on large-screen handsets and are expected be included on 60 percent of mobile devices shipped to mature markets in 2011. The Palm Pre Plus, pictured here, features a 3.1-inch HVGA multitouch display.

Touch Screens

M2M

The increasing quality of cellular broadband is expected to accelerate the use of M2M (machine-to-machine) applications such as for video surveillance, meter reading, vending and point-of-sale solutions. In 2009, Motorola introduced the H24 wireless modem, for 3.5G connectivity, to its M2M solutions portfolio.

M2M

Device-Independent Security

CIOs are being pressured to support new devices and form factors, particularly tablets, such as the Apple iPad, pictured here, and e-readers. Consequently, device-independent security solutions will help to deliver applications that run on a range of devices, while reducing security risks, says Gartner. (Image courtesy of Apple)

Device-Independent Security

Rocket Fuel