Friday, January 05, 2007

2007 - what's ahead for the mobile industry ?

As usual at this time of year, the bold make their predictions for what's going to happen in 2007.

The only prediction I will make is that the mobile industry is going to see a ** vast **amount of of activity again, just like 2006 with disruption / synergies and the like continuing as we saw in last year...

Hardly a useful prediction, I know, but exciting to be in a growth industry like mobile telco. Here's links to some of the pundit predictions :

Mobile specific
1) David Cushman
2) Telebusillis

General web/media
3) John Battelle
4) BBC

And a far more comprehensive excellent review of multiple predcitions impacting Telco and web at the Telco2.0 blog.

Readers of the blog will know I'm particularly interested in mobile applications and content innovations and try to keep a very close eye on what's going on this area. 2007 looks to see the trend of increasing mobile content uptake by the masses.

As ever, there's some great new handsets coming in 2007 as well with a mix of fashion and functionality:

LG with their Shiny (chocolate replacement) and Sony Ericsson with their "AI" slim phone, Motorola continue with linux based phones and Nokia with their n and eseries evolution and mid-tier-approaching-smartphone units. Samsung as well of course continue to innovate in handset design and are very quick to adopt new trends such as slim form factors, higher resolution displays.... and that's not to mention potential apple or google phones...

Roll on 2007...