Top Trends From Mobile World Congress 2013

Top Trends From Mobile World Congress 2013

For many, mobile devices have become an indispensible tool for daily activities and they are rarely very far from our fingertips. This week, the mobile industry convened at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona and we were able to interview more than 20 industry experts and have recapped some of the top trends and emerging ideas from the event.

Mobile Adoption and the Pace of Innovation

As the rapid pace of mobile innovation continues, so does the reach and adoption of mobile devices and experiences. What this means is that people around the world have a vast array of choices in designs, colors, operating systems and functionality. At the same time, this innovation hasn’t resulted in only high-end and more advanced mobile technologies – but also lower-cost, more user friendly user interfaces as well as faster network speeds using 4G. 

Touch, Gesture and Facial Recognition

“There is a whole new generation of users that will never use a keyboard.” –Renee James, executive vice president and general manager, Intel Software and Services Group.

With the widespread use of touch in mobile devices, touch technology has become second nature to many. There has been a significant shift in how we interact with our devices and the future may look very different with broader use of voice recognition, gesture, touch, facial recognition and, according to Shiyou He, executive vice president, ZTE, potentially human consciousness control.

Mobile Security

As mobile technology evolves, so do the risks and loopholes to our privacy and identity. Every day it seems as though, we’re able to put another piece of our lives into our mobile devices – from banking to personal photos to family memories and more. This trend means we need to add security to keep our information safe. Mobile security companies are working to help stay one step ahead of these risks. They are developing technologies like fingerprint and facial recognition software, secure authentication and encryption technologies, and even operating systems that completely separate personal from enterprise content, for users that bring their devices to work.

From electronic wallets and mobile payments to mobile healthcare to family photo and memory bank – the role mobile plays in the human experience has changed drastically over the last two decades.  Over the next two, it will continue to evolve in ways that we can’t yet imagine.

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