SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google’s influential search engine has hit a tipping point in technology’s shift to smartphones. More search requests are now being made on mobile devices than on personal computers in the U.S. and many other parts of the world.
The Boston Consulting Group.
We often think about the implications of building new mobile apps on the front-end: user experiences, delivery, and development and testing needs. But the mobile-first world requires some significant changes to the back-end infrastructure needed to deliver, support and manage it, and those changes will permeate the private data centers and public clouds of the future.
As I begin my journey to this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, I am thinking through the major trends and inflections that will most impact mobile technology and usage models going forward. One of those I wrote about last week was quick charging. What I would like to talk about now is 4K capabilities on mobile devices and how mobile could be the primary driver for 4K. Let me start with explaining what 4K is and how it applies to mobile devices. I also wanted to touch on some interesting things Qualcomm is doing in this arena.
Research from Parks Associates shows mobile consumption of video is driving usage of TV apps, with 55 per cent of US smartphone owners and 61 per cent of tablet owners using a TV-related app at least once a month.
Amdocs is selling a technology to carriers that will dynamically morph the physical contours of their networks to provide the best connections to the best-paying customers. Cool, yes, but it has serious implications for net neutrality.
Verizon and AT&T have long insisted that the majority of their subscribers face no danger of going over their monthly data caps, but that may be about to change. The New York Times reports on a new study published this week showing that average monthly mobile data consumption in the United States has surged over the last year, going from an average of 690MB per month in 2012 to 1.2GB per month this year. If data usage keeps growing at this pace then next year the average wireless user will consume around 2.4GB per month, which is well over many subscribers’ monthly data caps.