From Smartphones to Tablets to Wearables

wearables

With so many fantastic new product concepts emerging for today’s smartphones, tablets and wearables consumer electronics, what’s next seems to bring an enduring list of questions in what the future holds in how we communicate with each other. Ideas that were — in the not too distant past — considered hypothetical are now increasingly and overwhelmingly reality.

Smartphones

The growth and proliferation of smartphones has been astonishing, acknowledged by stats and statements such as “there will soon be one smartphone for every five people in the world” as quoted by Business Insider earlier this year. Infographics visualize the users at 1 billion. Therefore the rate of growth projected is astounding – “between 2011 and 2016 smartphone shipments will grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 26 percent, to 1.45 billon units, which will account for two-thirds of the mobile phone market.”

Tablets

Even with the tablet’s more recent arrival, their growth and adoption is equally impressive. “Global tablet sales reached 67 million units in 2011 and are expected to grow 38.78% annually to 248.6 million by the end of 2015” and “premium tablet production globally is projected to reach 93.6M units in 2013, increasing to 158.1M by 2016.” As striking as this is with the market momentum for tablet devices pushing forward, the wearables platform has now been introduced and so far the results and projections are just as staggering.

Wearables

“In 2011, 14 million wearable technology devices were estimated to have been shipped. Estimates for 2016 predict that shipments will increase to 92.5 million units, based on the most likely forecast scenario from IMS Research.” Since this technology trend is still emerging in consumer awareness and ripe with both speculation and issues of privacy and boundaries with communication technology, no one really knows how vast this growth could be.

What’s Next?

Only predictions, forecasts and projections can determine what may be the next push in mobile device product development and where trends may really lead. From what we glean from all of these stats and statements including Mary Meeker’s recent presentation on Internet Trends, mobile or as IDC calls them “Smart Connected Devices” may surpass (or already have surpassed) traditional desktop and laptop PCs in sales. “Smart Connected Devices rose nearly 30 percent from 2011 to 2012. Traditional desktop and laptop PCs declined over the same period by 4.1 percent and 3.4 percent, respectively.”

As we learn to adjust, accept or embrace the existence of Smart Connected Devices in our lives for communication, so is the necessity and therefore opportunity for mobile app development across all these new platforms. Omnis Studio not only offers a mobile app development platform, but one that works seamlessly across all mobile devices — therefore, we can’t wait to see what comes next.

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