Mobile technology applies to so much more than just the new iPhone. In 2020 there will be a lot of budding trends expected to dominate as the mobile technology industry continues to boom. Although experts don’t necessarily predict a huge amount of new inventions they are excited about new developments in existing fields.
AI or Artificial Intelligence is a broad classification and includes any technology that simulates human interaction, tasks, and intelligence. This encompasses semantic and voice search, image and facial recognition, chatbots and more. AI has penetrated all industries from food service to insurance, with companies like Lemonade almost exclusively using chatbots on their website. It has changed both the day-to-day consumer lifestyle as well as how businesses develop in the digital marketing sphere. Already nearly 20% of Americans use a smart home device like Alexa. A recent Business Insider article claims that as much as 80% of companies will be using chatbots by 2020. AI and machine learning are especially present in the workings of mobile apps. Not only does it makes the apps smarter but it can be used as a panacea for increasing both business growth and user engagement, thereby saving companies a significant amount of money.
Features like Google Assistant, which can already perform a variety of personalized tasks and responses, and Bixby Vision, which allows you to point your phone at a landmark or product to receive more information on it, will undoubtedly both become more versatile and adaptable in 2020.
The upcoming year will be essential for AI-related devices and technology. Because of the almost limitless applications, global leaders are continuing to invest in machine learning, the possible integration, and applications of AI. The AI-related industry will see most likely grow to need over 2 million net employees by 2025.
Everyone wants faster internet. Fast is actually a bit of an understatement. It’s predicted with 5G it could take less than 5.0 seconds to download a movie if it takes 26 hours on a 3G network. 5G performance targets high data rate, reduced latency, higher system connectivity, and general capacity while saving energy and reducing costs.
Verizon has gotten the ball rolling by already announcing four new 5G cities this year. CEO Hans Vestberg has labeled 2020 as a big kickoff year for new network technology and by the end of year expects almost 50% of the population to have 5G access. 2020 will certainly be a time for dramatic expansion however it could potentially take until 2024 for over half the population to be using 5g devices.
Although Apple has already teased new features and designs of the iPhone 11, they aren’t set to release their first 5g phone until later in 2020. Meanwhile, Samsung already offers the 5g Note and is eagerly positioned to take advantage of the hype and shift to 5G phones early in the year.
Augmented Reality(AR) and Virtual Reality(VR)
An augmented reality app is a software application that integrates digital visual content into the user’s real environment and Virtual Reality gives the user the ability to immerse themselves in and interact with a simulated environment. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality have already made a significant impact on both gaming and social media technologies. Snapchat and Instagram have already been embraced the concept of social augmented reality platforms, with their lenses and filters.
The Inquirer has called 2020 as the year of AR and VR. Probably because of the power of 5g that is expected. Qualcomm plans to facilitate 5G smartphone-powered virtual and augmented reality headsets with eye-tracking tech. Although there are already several different VR headsets on the market 5g capabilities will go hand in hand with AR/VR development. Digi-Capital foresees nearly $120 billion in revenue from AR/VR by 2020.
Wearable technology comes in many forms: watch, smart glasses, smart bracelets and badges and even more to come. The general concept of wearable tech is nothing new; however, 2020 could bring significant advancements. The hands-free technology has already reshaped productivity and convenience as well as consumer engagement. Consumer wearables are already popular today but big business is predicted to invest more in the coming years. The potential uses for wearables are overwhelming.
Today Australian firefighters are already outfitted with a data transmitting pill that will detect any early signs of heat distress. Both Huggies and Pampers have released prototype “smart diapers” with sensors that will monitor the babies and inform the parents when they need to be changed.
These are just a few mobile tech trends that experts are excited to see take off in 2020. There are so many technologies that have already made a prominent mark in 2018 and 2019 and many more are on their way to becoming mainstream in 2020.