In the world of technology, some trends are one-hit-wonders, capturing our ‘wow’, then fading into the memory as a temporary darling, forever looked fondly upon. Others are gems in disguise that despite all market symptoms, become integral to the landscape of a generation.
On December 8, 1985, the New York Times published an article declaring the decline of the laptop computer. It was too clunky. Hard to read. Best used by accountants. And beyond being grounded in opinion, it cited sales being a fraction of the projected marks just a year earlier. The columnist, Erik Sandberg-Diment, closed with:
“The real future of the laptop computer will remain in the specialized niche markets. Because no matter how inexpensive the machines become, and no matter how sophisticated their software, I still can't imagine the average user taking one along when going fishing.”
As I tap away on my own beloved laptop computer, I can’t help but wonder with curiosity at the definiteness of his statement. Because isn’t it true that the genius of human nature has always been the possibility of what is yet to come?
As we look ahead to this year’s mobile development trends, we interpret technologies at varying stages in their lifespan. There are some which are posed to make rapid, widespread changes in the landscape of tech, and others which may more quietly take hold. The excitement lies in what is yet to come. Here are the top mobile development trends of 2021:
The 5G Network
You’ve heard the buzz. The next level of online connectivity has been brewing for some time, seeing more widespread implementation in the last two years than ever before. The fifth generation network, or 5G, was invented by no one person, but is the result of an across-the-board advancement in technology. The best way to find leaders in the field is to look for the originator of specifications as described by the collaborative standard, 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project).
According to GSMA, 5G is on track to cover one third of the world’s population by 2025. But beyond ‘faster’ and ‘better’, what does 5G actually mean? The advent of widespread access does mean greater bandwidth with higher download speeds. Decreased latency (lag or loading time) means that reactivity and implementation are quicker than ever before. The network can handle more data, at a faster speed. But it’s also going to change our world by having an impact in an industry that has been chomping at the bit to reach its full potential…