8 Mobile Technologies to Watch for in 2009 and 2010


Gartner Inc. has released a report of mobile technologies that will be quickly evolving over the next two years that may pose some issues on short-term strategies and policies.

  • Bluetooth 3.0 – Likely to be released in 2009 with compatible devices becoming available in 2010. Will feature low power consumption and faster transfer rates up to 480Mbits/s in close proximity.
  • Mobile User InterfaceOrganizations should expect more user demands for support of specific device models driven by interface preferences. They will also be an area of intense competition in 2009 and 2010, with manufacturers using UIs to differentiate their handsets and platforms.
  • Location Awareness – Makes mobile applications more powerful and useful, opening up new possibilities for mobile social networking and presence applications.
  • 802.11nBoosts Wi-Fi data rates to between 100 Mbps and 300 Mbps, and the multiple-input, multiple-output technology used by 802.11n offers the potential for better coverage in some situations.
  • Display TechnologiesImprovements will be seen in this area with several new technologies impacting the marketplace, including active pixel displays, passive displays and pico projectors.
  • Mobile Web and WidgetsMobile Web offers a compelling total cost of ownership advantage over thick-client applications. Widgets (small mobile Web applets) are supported by many mobile browsers, and provide a way to stream simple feeds to handsets and small screens.
  • Cellular BroadbandWireless broadband evolved rapidly during 2008 with the development of HSPA; this provides adequate connectivity in many regions to replace Wi-Fi “hot spots”.
  • Near Field CommunicationProvides a simple and secure way for handsets to communicate over distances of a centimeter or two. It’s emerging as a leading standard for applications such as mobile payment,¬† “touch to exchange information” (for example, to transfer an image from a handset to a digital photo frame, or for a handset to pick up a virtual discount voucher).

For more information on the above technologies, read the full report.