Innovation in the fields of technology has increased tremendously. Every advancement made in the tech field is considered to be a ‘breakthrough’ and develops even further. There are two kinds of new technologies, i.e., disruptive and sustainable. Sustainable technologies are well established technologies which can undergo improvements for further use whereas disruptive mobile technologies emerge suddenly and can displace the established technologies out of the blue. Disruptive technologies can easily alter the global economy and business styles as they have the power to alter the lifestyle present at a particular period.
Analysts and professionals continuously predict disruptive technologies that could affect many aspects of the world in future. These predictions and trends have to be constantly monitored as they can enable organizations have an edge over their competitors. In order to stay ahead in the software industry given the stern competition, it is essential that organizations are aware of any and all disruptive technologies that might overthrow an organization in the market. The following are the 5 disruptive mobile technologies to look out for in the coming years:
Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of Things involves connecting everyday devices to the internet enabling the
transfer of data. Appliances and devices can be remotely controlled thereby allowing
economical use of energy, par example, smart homes with smart meters are being
encouraged for efficient use of energy. The scale of Iot can be extended to smart cities,
agriculture industries and many more domains where sensors can track and monitor
various aspects of the domain. Automated devices make management of resources
easier and IoT as a part of disruptive technologies is expected to surpass most of the
sustainable technologies in the future.
Mobile payment options increased in 2015 and this year saw a steady growth in the
options available for mobile payments. People nowadays prefer having the freedom of
payment on-the-go. The introduction of secure payments and transaction options has
given people the confidence to opt for mobile payments. According to a survey, it is
estimated that there would be a 210% increase in transaction involving mobile
payments this year and it is believed that this number would increase further.
Augmented & Virtual Reality Applications (AR/VR)
The launch of Augmented experiences have disrupted many industries outside of
gaming industry and has put immense pressure on software tech giants to develop and
release better products into the market. Augmented reality and virtual reality have
gained major ground in the lines of video games and are yet to gain commercial
attention. AR/VR applications are predicted to advance further ahead in disruptive
technologies and it won’t just be limited to gaming.
Wearable technology was initially introduced in the form of smart watches which could
only track an individual’s pulse, steps taken and provide basic application functions.
With innovations in wearable technology, devices nowadays can monitor an individual’s
dehydration levels, blood pressure, food consumption and advanced features which
could not have been imagined a decade ago. Wearable technology is now synonymous
with hands-free wearables and it is reckoned that these would be one of the most
prominent disruptive technologies that would replace hard-core mobile technologies.
Last year, Amazon and Walmart began testing their drone delivery services. Though this
concept was initially perceived with skepticism, organizations are now open to the idea
of drone delivery systems to reduce the labor and transportation costs of door-to-door
delivery. Short distance drone deliveries are set to take off soon and are even expected
to replace the physical delivery systems in the near future.
Software companies are under constant pressure to come up with new innovations in technology and release the applications/devices devoid of any bugs or errors. Large amounts of money are spent during the testing and development phase in order to fix bugs in mobile applications before market release. Releasing mobile technology applications with bugs can scar an organization’s reputation and degrade end customer experience. Trends and predictions of technologies just serve as a means to understand the prospects of the future but they can never completely define the kind of technology that would evolve ahead.
Keeping an eye open on the upcoming disruptive technologies will not just help organizations be prepared for the competition but also enable them to release sophisticated technologies into the market before their competitors do. Disruptive technologies, when released into the market may have some basic performance issues and problems related to practical applications but they should not be underestimated as they have the power to disrupt existing and highly established technologies.