The Future of Mobile by Industry Thought Leaders
There’s been a lot of evidence on the exponential growth of the mobile market in the last couple of years. Most of us own a smartphone and once we’ve gotten our hands on one, we wondered how we ever managed without one — If that sounds like you, that alone is proof that mobile smartphones are here to stay.
Part of inventing the future is showing the consumer what they want so we took a look around to see what the industry heavyweights had to say about the future of mobile and how they perceive the global mobile trends to continue.
- SV Angel – One of Silicon Valley’s most prominent investors with investments in over 200 startups
SV Angel looks at the market as being driven by two key elements right now: Mobilization and Globalization. From this they believe the market will head in three new directions, real-time data consumption, O2O commerce, and collaborative consumption.
- Ron Conway and David Lee — Angel investors and partners in SV Angel
Have stated that we are at the beginning of a technology cycle that will last 20 to 25 years. Because of this fact, they believe that the thought of whether we are in a bubble or not is moot since we are just starting. They are planning to continue with their current investment momentum for the next 5 years or more.
- GSMA — Governing Body Representing Mobile Operators Worldwide
By 2020, the world will have a networked ecosystem of 24 billion total connected devices, offering mobile operators a revenue opportunity of US$1.2 Trillion. 40% of connected devices are smartphones and light-weight laptops.
- Kantar Worldpanel Comtech — Leading Provider of Shopper Research Solutions and Consumer Panels
Brazil and Mexico have a combined population of over 300 million. By staking an early claim on the smartphone market in these countries, Android is laying important groundwork for future sales from the increasingly affluent middle classes. Over the next few years, Asian manufacturers such as Huawei and ZTE are likely to focus smartphone sales on these regions. Their ability to offer prices under $100 will be crucial to their success.
- Microsoft Mobile Advertising Industry Insights — Leading Software and Media Company
Feature phones “Classic” = A way to save time
Smartphones “New Generation” = A place to spend time.
Based on the insights above, we feel we are in the right place at the right time. As a mobile based browser, we are able to specialize and we aim to elevate and enhance the mobile experience through Dolphin Browser.
Sources: Mobisights, GSMA, Kantar, Microsoft