Everybody has predicted what’s on hold for mobile in 2012. Some were bold and some were audacious. Most were a little ahead of the time. Only few predictions hit the nail. This neat infographic from Gorillabox is one such prediction. Though it’s not much of a prediction and more of a connect the dots of trends that will gain prominence in 2012.
Mobile trends for 2012 [infographic]
There are 6 key trends for mobile in 2012 : HTML5 will rise, Mobile payments and NFC will gain prominence, Mobile advertising will increase and take various forms and flavors, Video will be next big thing as mobile screens are getting bigger, geo-location services which can deliver content based on location will be useful and all the processing will be done in the cloud and mobile phones don’t need faster processors.
As you can see none of them are ground-breaking. But one trend is eye-opening. Mobile phones won’t need a powerful configuration. If and when it comes true, it would be an epiphany for many device manufacturers who are in the blind race for dual core and quad core processors.
Amazon has already showed us its cloud-based Silk browser which is available on Kindle Fire. We have seen cloud based phones being unveiled by Huawei and Alibaba. There is now a cloud-based tablet designed for Indian students from eTutor. But cloud-based mobile devices are still coming up in bits and pieces. There’s no clear trend and manufacturers aren’t flocking to it just yet. Apple’s iCloud integration with iOS5 is probably the biggest step needed for the industry to go in that direction. Let’s see how many devices follow and who will lead this new race.