Since 2010, the entire mobile industry changed drastically. With many different new technologies ranging both from a software point of view and also from a pure hardware related one. With 5G being the biggest thing coming up shortly, there are, in fact, many different signals which are confirming the fact that the entire mobile industry is rapidly and significantly evolving. Let’s break this down in more detail.
5G, Verizon and Net Neutrality
Verizon announced that they’re ready to roll out the 5G data providing plan by the beginning of 2019, which is incredibly exciting, given the fact that the majority of the entertainment industry is moving towards a more streaming-related approach. With that being said, the big debate on net neutrality that was carried out by Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC, last year, is still something that must be taken into consideration. There are, in fact, significant limitations that could be applied to the upcoming 5G service, but for now, we can say that the entire matter will be 100% operative by the end of 2019.
Hardware: Why Apple And Samsung Are Losing
If we apply the idea of “smartphone” to a mainstream realm, we will definitely get Apple’s and Samsung’s name, simply because these are the two most popular devices available on the market, both from a strictly mobile point of view, but also from the rapidly growing tablet one.
With that being said, although, there are clear signals of the loss that Apple and Samsung are having. Don’t get me wrong, this is definitely not coming from a monetary point of view, but more from a competitors’ hardware split testing. By comparing Chinese smartphones like Huawei ones and both iPhones and Galaxies, it’s quite clear how the Chinese evolution is constant every single year, whilst Apple and Samsung are simply updating their design.
Software and Peripherals
If there’s a big trend in the technology industry, that would be definitely related to Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. Started as a mere gaming technology, Virtual Reality is used nowadays to better train surgeons, pilots and so on. Many mobile app development companies, for example, are researching ways to implement Virtual Reality applications like SLAM (Simultaneous Localization And Mapping) in order to boost both the user experience and in order to expand their horizons.
Given the fact that VR peripherals are pretty bulky, we can safely say that the “mobile transition” will take a lot of time, but it’s definitely there.
As said by many business and tech analysts, the next couple of years will be the breaking point from both a business and technical point of view. We don’t know yet if Apple will be able to stay up to date with all the new Chinese companies rising more and more, but it’s safe to say that the American titan will surprise us with something big in the near future.
Paul Matthews is a Manchester based business writer who writes in order to better inform business owners on how to run a successful business. You can usually find him at the local library or browsing Forbes’ latest pieces.