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10 Mobile Technologies for 2012 & 2013

Gartner has identified key mobile technologies that will impact every organization in 2012 and 2013. In general, the technologies on the Top 10 List enable an improved infrastructure, more effective mobile application delivery, new business opportunities, innovative applications or experiences, and/or better management and control. Glance the complete list below to understand what are these technologies and why they are important.


HTML5 is the next generation of HTML and is strongly supported by key mobile vendors, including Apple, Google, Research In Motion (RIM) and Microsoft. HTML5 substantially enhances mobile Web application features and will cause a shift of architecture from native applications to hybrid and Web approaches. HTML5 will also displace more proprietary technologies such as Flash and Silverlight. Many mobile development tools will offer HTML5 generation.


NFC is a technology for very short range (less than 10 centimeters) of communication, which will be incorporated in many future mobile handsets. Although it’s often portrayed as a payment technology, it’s more appropriate to think of it as a “touch to act” technology that will enable applications such as smart posters, discount tokens, mobile tickets, authentication and check-in to location-based services.

Platform-Independent Application Development (AD) Tools

In most regions, between three and five smartphone platforms will have significant market share. Native applications will be required for sophisticated interactions and services, and platform-independent AD tools will substantially reduce the cost of maintaining multiple platform versions of the same application.

Location and Context

Location is the first step toward contextual applications that are proactive and highly personalized, matching services to employee or customer needs at a specific time and place. The long-term vision of context will involve location, knowledge of individual needs, social networking, sensor information and many other clues to suggest appropriate offers and services.

Bluetooth 4

The headline feature of the latest Bluetooth 4 release is low energy (LE) operation, which allows a mobile handset to talk to a wide range of low-power peripherals and sensors. It will enable new mobile accessories and business models, many of which will use the mobile device as a channel to communicate with cloud services.


802.11ac boosts Wi-Fi performance to 1 Gbps levels. This and other new Wi-Fi standards, such as 802.11ad (60 GHz, multi-Gbps in-room Wi-Fi) and 802.11ah (low-frequency Wi-Fi), will continue to expand the capabilities of the Wi-Fi family of technologies. The strong Wi-Fi road map will enable it to address new application areas such as high-definition video streaming telemetry and offloading traffic from cellular networks.

Machine to Machine (M2M) and Smart Products

M2M wireless will be implemented using a range of protocols and bearers, including cellular, Wi-Fi, ZigBee and Dash7. M2M will enable a wide range of smart networked products and business opportunities such as converting ownership to pay-as-you-use models. Wireless M2M will comprise a substantial proportion of the future “Internet of things.”

Augmented Reality (AR)

AR overlays information onto a real-time video of the world (usually displayed on a smartphone or tablet). This can take the form of tagging objects in view with information, or overlaying more complex video and gaming animation onto world views.

Multiplatform MDM

Surveys show that the average CIO expects to support more than three smartphone platforms by 2012, and many will have more. The challenges of managing employee devices are compounded by the fact that knowledge workers typically use at least three different mobile devices (e.g., smartphones, laptops, and tablets), not all of which are owned by the enterprise. Therefore, enterprises must be prepared to manage and secure a wide range of devices, some of which they don’t own. Multiplatform MDM tools are one way to achieve this.


LTE is a next-generation cellular wireless technology that pushes peak theoretical speeds to hundreds of megabits per second and reduces latency. LTE will be adopted by code division multiple access (CDMA) and Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) network operators.

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