What’s in Store for Mobility in 2012?


There was no shortage of action in the mobile industry in 2011.  So what will 2012 bring?  There are plenty of 2012 doomsday prophecies, so you’d better go out and get that smartphone or tablet that you’ve been drooling over early in the year so that you can at least have some fun before the end is here.  Now, on to happier topics.

Quad-Core Mobile Devices

Now that dual-core has almost 25% of the smartphone market according to Strategy Analytics, quad-core isn’t far behind.  The world’s first quad-core tablet was demonstrated at Computex 2011.  Rumors of the HTC Edge and confirmation of the Meizu MX this year are just a few of the indicators that quads will be all the rage this year.  With the first dual-core smartphone out just over a year ago, the growth of multi-core mobile devices is staggering.

Consumerization of IT Continues

Albert Einstein purportedly said that the most powerful force in the universe was compound interest.  Sorry, Al, but the champ has been dethroned.  In the business world, the most powerful force in the universe is now the consumerization of IT.  And mobile is there leading the charge.  More and more enterprises will launch some form of bring your own device (BYOD) programs.  Not all companies are right for BYOD, and not all employees are a good match for BYOD.  However, BYOD can be an important part of a tiered offering of mobile services to meet the needs of different worker profiles.

Android Creeps into the Enterprise

The consumerization of IT trend will drive Android adoption by enterprises.  Perhaps not for corporate-liable devices (yet), but enterprises will most likely begin to support Android as part of their BYOD programs.  Many companies may start with BlackBerry or iOS, but there are too many Android devices out there and the pressure to adopt the smartphone OS will be great. Tools like mobile device management and mobile application management solutions can greatly increase their security profile.

Mobile Security Concerns on the Rise

The mobile ecosystem has been relatively free from malware, mostly due to the small number of devices in the distant past but more recently because there is no dominant mobile OS like there is on the desktop.  Now with the openness of the Android platform, malware is on the rise.  And the Carrier IQ controversy has caused privacy concerns with not only customers but with US regulators and Congress.  Look for a ‘defining moment’ in 2012 to bring home the reality of how serious the the security challenges can be.

Speech-Enables Services

With Siri including in the iPhone 4S, the industry is just scratching the surface on speech-enabled services.  Why type on a cramped or virtual keyboard when you can bark out commands to your computing device a la Star Trek?  There are several Siri-like apps for  Android (not counting the Siri for Android app that was pulled from Android Market) and Windows Phone now has Ziggy.  This technology along with other capabilities such as location-based services will help enable the game-changing technology called context-aware computing.

Near Field Communications (NFC) – Not!

This one got me last year.  There was a lot of hype in 2011 and a number of NFC-equipped devices were launched, but I don’t see too many US merchants set up for NFC or many people waiving their phones for payment.  Look for more NFC devices, but widespread adoption is more of a journey as the ecosystem becomes more mature and the players sort out their roles.

There you have it.  You can be guaranteed that 2012 will be another exciting and chaotic year in the mobile industry.  Let’s hope it’s not as chaotic as the Mayan Doomsday Prophecy.

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