Getting back to the urban flavor of the report, Ericsson found that cities have become hubs for social creativity. City center dwellers have significantly more friends online than people in suburban areas, the report cited. 12 percent of people that live in cities say that the main reason for using social networks is to connect and exchange ideas with others, making it the third most common reason for social networking after staying up-to-date with friends and keeping them updated.
Combining online shopping with the brick and mortar variety made number eight on the list, with Ericsson finding that 32 percent of smartphone users already shop with smartphones but have now started combining in-store and online shopping aspects. “They want to see products, get information and make price comparisons, and make purchases immediately without having to queue up at the cash register,” said the report.
TV has gone social for Ericsson’s ninth place on the trends list. A total of 62 percent of viewers use social forums while watching video and TV - and 42 percent of those who use social forums or chats while watching discuss things they currently watch on a weekly basis. Over 30 percent are more likely to pay for content watched in social contexts said the survey, while the majority of video and TV consumption on mobile devices takes place in the home.
In tenth place comes learning, which Ericsson says is currently “in transformation” through both internal and external forces. Young people, said the study, bring their personal technology experience into the classroom, driving a bottom-up pressure for change. Simultaneously governments and institutions look for new ICT solutions in order to be more efficient. The big driver of this, of course, is connectivity which has changed the outlook of people, including childen, on a global scale. As an example, in India, around 30 million of 69 million urban children aged 9 to 18 own mobile phones.
What do you think of Ericsson’s trends? Do you agree? Disagree? Want to add any of your own? Feel free to use the comment box below.
I think the saying goes, "If you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail." Seems to apply here.
Not that I disagree with much of what Ericsson suggests. However, it's hardly going to surprise anyone that smartphones, tablets, and social networking sites are a big deal, right? It's not an insightful "new trend" for 2013. It's a trend that has been evolving for decades. And naturally, companies that are or were heavily involved in mobile phones will see the world with that perspective.
I found the business about women driving the trend interesting, though. Can't say I noticed any such gender gap, but I'll make sure to pay attention.
What about some real predictions? Like, that hand-held gadgets will give way to more wearable or embedded electronics? That seems like a no-brainer. The actual trend, IMO, has been going on since at least WWII. It's called ever-more pervasive computing.
Hand-held gadgets are nothing more than the most OBVIOUS manifestation of this trend, to the innocent bystander. But just as minicomputers were hardly the end of a trend, 30 years ago, hand-held gadgets are only a stepping stone. You can bet that people won't forever be hanging down their heads to peer at some smartphone or tablet.
I, as an innocent bystander, do second quite a bit what Bert had said. You can bet, those wearable wireless self-charging internet mobile devices (iMD) will be the coming star in next decade or two. You may view and connect interactively what you are thinking of in your mind via the connectivity of a-/ß-brainwave's HMI (Human-Machine Interface) and most 3D Virtual-Reality projection gadgets.
Smartphone and Tablet are no doubt continuous to be the primary focus of most computers' and mobile phones' makers in this decade. I will be very interested in knowing what else will be added to these devices to make it more useful given the unlimited possibility of apps.
Today's morning, while I was driving to work, a talk on NPR mentioned about health care. This is also one of the trends which has started in 2011. I bet 2013 CES will have a lot more mature or half mature products out.
Social networking movement will continue. Where will facebook go? Will it become one of the myspace's social network sites? UI will likely continue to evolve; better and more intuitive. On top of it, the business model of social networking will be tuned up.
Speaking of social networking and mobile apps, general public is concern of security and spread of personal information. The article has mentioned a bit of it. I wish there are more in this area. Maybe, there will be more article in this area to come in 2013. ;)
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