2014 Top Technology Trends

Technology will more and more enable anyone, to connect anytime, anywhere.
2014 top technology trends - Increased mobility, wearable devices and virtually reality: 
Cheaper devices, wearable technology, a proliferation of apps, the merging of physical and digital boundaries, multi-screening, the need to be constantly connected and an insatiable need for information by consumers. These are some of the top technology trends predicted by experts for 2014 and Blink  / bmobile continues to position itself to help customers enjoy the best tech available. 
With $USD 750 billion revenue projected by Deloitte LLP, continued high sales are expected in 2014 for the five (5) most common connected consumer devices: TVs, PCs, video game consoles, smart phones (including phablets) and tablets. Sales will be driven by the desire for affordable devices which cater to an individual’s lifestyle with multi-functional use and anywhere-anytime access to entertainment and media. Massive economies of scale and the entry of new cheaper models will continue to reduce prices making them affordable to larger numbers of less affluent families in emerging and developed markets.
There will be a rapid growth of enterprise mobile applications. Mobile office, information sharing, socialization, electronic business, Internet finance and other services will be accessible to users anytime and anywhere and will cover every aspect of enterprise management and operation.
A proliferation of apps will be seen as consumers look for apps for just about everything: from shopping and daycare, to work and entertainment, to accounting and banking to travel and transportation. Apps are becoming more important than what phone a person uses.
An explosion of wearable devices such as smart glasses and smart watches have appeared on the market. Blood pressure, pulse, steps, quality of sleep and mood are just some examples of how consumers want to measure themselves with mobile devices, using personally-generated data. Recent research by Ericsson indicate 40 percent of smart phone users want their phone to log all of their physical activities and 56 percent want to monitor their blood pressure and pulse using a ring. While still in the early stages, this trend leaves much room for the imagination and demonstrates an enormous potential for growth.
The growing number of apps and sites used by consumers mean too many passwords to remember. This is leading to growing interest in biometric alternatives. According to Ericsson, 52 percent of smart phone users want to use their fingerprints instead of passwords, 48 percent are interested in using eye-recognition to unlock their screen and 74 percent believe that biometric smart phones will become mainstream during 2014.
There will be a blurring of the physical and digital worlds. All physical devices, such as Wi-fi enabled  appliances, security systems, health care, education and entertainment tools, and traffic sites, will be virtually mapped into the digital world. This will allow people to feel, touch and control the physical devices in the virtual world using augmented reality. The interaction in the virtual world between people and things will become comparable to the natural interactions in the physical world. This was demonstrated recently when Blink recently launched the country’s first gigabit community in Chaguanas.
Information overload will continue fueled by the growth in social networking websites and the need for high content to engage and connect customers and make business decisions.  Already indispensable for marketers, a big area of focus will be tools that analyze and make sense of the huge amounts of information aggregated daily. 
To handle this increase in content usage, Pyramid Research forecasts that one in four people will have a personal cloud account in 2014 and such accounts will become strategic for customer ownership by service providers. 
Multi-screening: checking email, tweeting, texting, doing online research while watching TV’s at the same time. The number of screens used simultaneously will continue to increase and product developers will respond with tablets and smart phones which provide multi-window features.
Play, pause, resume elsewhere. Ericsson research states 19 percent of total streamed time is spent on phones or tablets and expected to rise. Consumers are increasingly viewing video and TV from multiple locations to suit their daily lives such as from home and then during the commute to work.
For the telecommunications providers, Forrester Research makes the point that a great digital experience is no longer a nice-to-have, but a make-or-break point. Providers must ensure that consumers are always connected wherever they are at high speeds.  Deloitte LLP predicts carriers will continue to pursue technological advancements to handle demand, including offloading some mobile bandwidth needs to Wi-Fi. In addition, long-term spectrum availability, spectrum efficiency, small cells and continued backhaul improvements are likely to be a key focus to assure continued mobile broadband momentum.
In this era of mobile technology and huge data demand, IT staff will move to agile, scalable and empowered solutions which offer mobile, virtual desktop, smart terminals and cloud applications with increased network security to significantly reduce network equipment, operation costs and security risks. 
Source: Ericsson: The Ten hot consumer trends of 2014, Pyramid Research Predictions 2014, Deloitte LLP: Technology, Media and Telecommunications Predictions 2014, Forrester Research: Top Technology Trends To Watch - 2014 to 2016 and ZTE Corporation: ICT Development Trends (2014) – Embracing the era of mobile ICT