Mobility Forecast: Apps, Sensors and Security
As mobile devices and apps become ubiquitous, they promise to factor into virtually every aspect of our lives, according to a 2014 trends forecast from Ericsson's ConsumerLab. In fact, from a historical perspective, we're only in the initial chapters of the mobile story. To expand on this, the following list of predictions highlights the developments that are most likely to have the greatest impact. For starters, the growing presence of sensors and monitoring technologies will make it possible for users to never again type in a password. However, privacy will continue to loom large, given that our every move could potentially be tracked by someone, somewhere, for purposes we may—or may not—approve. The underlying message is this: The mobility "genie" has only begun to escape from the bottle. There will be "mass demand for apps and services across all industries and societal sectors, which has the potential to fundamentally change everyday life," says Michael Björn, head of research at ConsumerLab. The predictions below that contain survey results were based on annual ConsumerLab interviews with more than 100,000 people in 40 nations.