New roles for mobile technology in 2013

Thursday 3 January 2013

Business confidence

The definition of 'mobile' in the technology sector will broaden during 2013, it has been predicted.

Writing for Forbes, Parmy Olson noted that the "smartest machine" in many homes, besides a desktop computer or laptop, is now a smartphone.

She noted that everything else - from the TV to the toaster - is dumb by comparison.

"But that is changing, as more devices are enabled with wireless connectivity," Ms Olson said.

"The smartphone is also becoming the hub for them all - used to turn off the lights or control the temperature of a house."

She forecast that an increasing number of devices will go mobile over the course of the next 12 months, taking advantage of this technology.

This will augment the very definition of the term 'mobile', Ms Olson claimed.

She said the smartphone will become increasingly important as the 'mothership' that controls all other devices within the home or business.

More conventionally, mobile solutions are being used in business as productivity tools, it has been claimed.

Research conducted by business apps provider Roambi found that 40 per cent of firms see laptops as being the top productivity tool, 30 per cent media tablets and 26.5 per cent smartphones.

Posted by Alex Boardman