If there’s one thing we can say about this day and age, it’s that it set an almost dizzying pace for technological innovation. In the last couple of decades alone, we have released consumer mobile and Internet technology which later led to the rapid development of gadgets like the smartphone and tablet and software improvements in the form of the cloud. Nearly every quarter, new versions of devices or operating systems are released; each (apparently) better than the last. Every few months, we hear about great technology ideas that can change the way we look at things.
Undoubtedly, we live in an exciting time tech-wise. But all this excitement can be a little too exhausting, especially when “the next stage” is actually worse than the previous stage (I’m looking at you, iOS 6). Of course, we can narrow down our focus based on trends – instead of freaking out at every new tech-related item that comes our way. Maybe we should focus on the direction that technology is drifting.
Some of the more interesting developments are as follows:
Apps that aren’t restricted to smartphones and tablets
These days, we associate apps with mobile gadgets like smartphones and tablets. But there are experts who say that in about three years’ time, we can expect to have app access through gaming consoles, TVs, and even cars. Imagine having an app that lets your car drive itself, a television that automatically switches to the right channel when your favorite show starts, and organizing all your character profiles or saved chapters from various games! There are other possibilities with this development, and it will definitely change the way we live in the future – and even the way our children explore the world.
An ever-growing love for the hybrid cloud
For many businesses, there is great appeal in having a private cloud system over which they have control. Meanwhile, consumer level users are perfectly happy with a public cloud system, which is less complicated and more convenient. But more and more people are discovering the hybrid cloud, which allows them to have lots of control over their systems without having to house everything on-site. This trend changes the way businesses plan their infrastructures by finding newer and better ways to integrate the cloud into their operations and pushing the boundaries of cloud capabilities.
Continuing improvements in mobile telecommunications
Telephony is far from dead; it’s merely evolved to adopt new technologies and acknowledge the needs of the new world. Enterprise level telecommunications in particular has basically revolutionized the way people work with phones. For example, not too long ago cloud phone service pioneer RingCentral launched a touch-based platform that allows users to manage their business phone extensions via their smartphones and tablets. And given the surprising clamor from some sectors to improve or return to voice-based communication for customer service, mobile telecommunications is regaining relevance.
The slow death of HTML5 mobile apps
HTML5 isn’t ALL bad – as a programming language, it DOES lend itself more easily to cross-programming and it doesn’t give you much grief in terms of updates. Beyond that, however, there are many problems you have to deal with when programming apps with HTML5 including performance issues, challenges in monetization, and security concerns. While there is something depressing about the death of a programming language (at least in the mobile front), it also gives way to the potential of a newer, better cross-programming option in the future.
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Monique Jones is an Engineer who deals with telephone systems. Monique graduated as a Cum Laude with a Degree in Civil and Communications Engineering. Besides being an Engineer, she also works as a part time Writer. She helps her colleagues and other people about their communication issues, giving effective solutions to address their needs. On her free time, she works on her fashion business, read books, and chat with friends. She also loves traveling and photography.