What’s in Store For Mobility In 2011?

So here is my obligatory predictions for 2011.  While it is not a terribly profound list,  you may pick up a few interesting tidbits.   I could wait until CES is over, but what would be the fun in that?

Media Tablets

The Apple iPad was one of the biggest technology stories of 2010.  In 2011, there will be a plethora of tablets springing from Android, webOS, Windows 7/Phone 7, and maybe even Maemo.  Enterprises will adopt their use as both corporate-liable and individual-liable devices in an accelerated fashion thanks to the trail blazed by smartphones.

Near Field Communications (NFC)

Google’s Nexus S (built by Samsung), the succesor to the Nexus One (built by HTC), included an NFC chip and software support in Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).  While the Nexus S certainly isn’t the first or only mobile phone to have NFC, there are a limited number which have this capability.   What’s special about it is that it is a Google product which may really bring NFC into the mainstream.  Other OEM’s like RIM and Nokia have already acknowledged future plans while speculations abound about NFC being including in the next iPhone (although you can get an NFC-capable iPhone 4 in Japan) .  With mobile commerce initiatives being championed by Isis (a joint venture between  AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless), Paypal, and Google, other countries might join Japan in their adoption of NFC.

3D Displays on Smartphones

We have 3D displays available at the movies and on HD televisions, so why not our smartphones?  LG has already announced the Optimus One.  Announcements from Sharp and hints from HTC further our appetite for these autostereoscopic delights in 2011.  No, you won’t need those stylish, cardboard glasses.

Dual-Core Smartphones

LG Optimux 2x is being touted as the world’s fist dual-core smartphone.  Other speculative Android products are expected from HTC (Glacier, Sabor, Scorpion), Motorola (Droid T2), and Samsung (Galaxy S2).  Even though dual-core smartphones are barely out of the gate, quad-core chipsets are currently being developed.

4G Networks and Devices

With MetroPCS launching the first U. S. LTE network and Verizon’s launch of LTE in 38 U. S. cities, 4G is really beginning to take off.  Expect to see more 4G smartphones to follow those delivered by HTC (EVO,  myTouch 4G) and Samsung (Epric 4G).

One thing strikes me about all of this: how will battery life be affected?  I can imagine a smartphone with these features lasting about 12 minutes.

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