10 mobile technology trends that defined 2022

The adoption of “mobile” anything is an increasing trend each year. This year is no exception as 2022 say more than 5.31 billion mobile users globally. With the rise of wearables and smart devices, the demand and availability of mobile applications is a norm in our everyday and professional lives. Back End News shares an article listing the top mobile technology trends that more or less defined the way we used our devices and ran our businesses.

  1. Artificial Intelligence
  2. Mobile Security
  3. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
  4. Mobile Apps for Small Businesses
  5. IoT (Internet of Things) apps
  6. 5G Network
  7. Rise of M-Commerce
  8. Wearable App Integration
  9. Development of Cross-Platform Apps
  10. Personalization

Mobile technology is here to stay, and it will get more and more advanced this year and the next.


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5 Key Technology Trends From MWC 2022

5G Expansion from Chips to Networks. “Qualcomm set the stage with a number of 5G ecosystem announcements and upgrades including its Snapdragon X70 chipset. The new chip now supports a 5G AI processor and integrated 5G Modem-RF system for unparalleled speed and network efficiency. The SnapdragonX70 Mobile-RF System will also support 5G 4-carrier and sub-6 aggregation in addition to dual-SIM and DSDA capabilities.”

Impressive Laptops Take Center Stage. “Tech companies look to bring increased portability and productivity to consumers who are working in hybrid environments with laptops. Samsung announced its new Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro which will feature upgraded webcams, HD resolution and a deeper integration with other Samsung products making it easier to switch between devices. Lenovo announced its new ThinkPad X13, developed in collaboration with Qualcomm and Microsoft. This sleek laptop will be powered by Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 compute platform.”

Metaverse? Not Yet. “Most of the telcos present at MWC didn’t have any major plans for the new technology in the coming year. However, in the Qualcomm booth, visitors were able to don Occulus headsets and jump into the virtual world with Wooorld VR. Avatars allow people to be anywhere in the world together, regardless of their physical location.”

Impressive Automotive Debuts. “With 5G technologies continuing to evolve, we are going to see more connected cars and autonomous cars on the road in the coming years. Qualcomm unveiled the latest iteration of its Snapdragon digital chassis that now includes cloud-as-a-service and upgraded WiFi capabilities.”

Underlying Theme of Sustainability. “Several companies made sustainability one of their key messages for the week speaking to how their technologies will enable greener futures. Other booths featured greenery and real plants that underpinned missions for sustainability.”


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Three Ways Wearables Boost Supply-Chain Efficiency

Wearables, smart electronic hands-free devices, have not only peaked interest for the everyday user, but has been a huge asset in other fields such as health and logistics. The latter, for example, shows the benefits of wearables being used in supply-chain processes and management. Kristen Herhold shares an article on of the many ways wearable technology has aided in supply-chain efficiency and has since increased productivity within warehouses and all throughout organizations.


Minimize Manual Labor – Wearables streamline warehouse workflows by removing manual steps from day-to-day processes. Simple things such as barcode scanners are being quickly recorded real-time by wearable and mobile devices, quickening logistics processes. “Scanner-enabled wearables allow employees to automatically send reports to management that would otherwise have to be manually typed in,” says Herhold.


Provide Comprehensive Data – Wearables allow businesses to monitor their workers’ physical activity, location, and health. Similar to how professionals are using these devices in the healthcare field, these devices with biometric sensors report the health and wellness of employees, especially if most require physical labor at warehouses. Herhold notes that the data collected by warehouse wearables gives management the opportunity to better serve workers’ needs.


Offer Real-Time Feedback – Wearables are a smart device, so it usually means that any activity inputted and recorded is sent to another device or database where others in the network are given immediate access to data, in real time. Voice headsets, for example, connect to a phone on the user and increase the accuracy of warehouse work through real-time feedback.


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Advanced Tech To Play Leading Role In Black Friday Shopping

If you’ve spent thanksgiving weekend anywhere in the US, then you know the mania that is “Black Friday”. The event to kick off holiday shopping, the day after Thanksgiving, has people waking up in the early hours, or even camping out of stores like Best Buy and Target, to get deep discounts of the hottest items. Lines that snake around the building, anxious customers, and yes the occasional brawl have become synonymous with this annual shopping event, but technology will try to change that this year. Retail giant Walmart has prepared for this day by training their employees to fix almost any dilemma that can happen on Black Friday by stimulating a customer interaction via Virtual Reality headsets. In an interview with Vox, Walmart’s senior director of digital operations Brock McKeel said that associates are the biggest advantage in retail sales. By putting his associates through this “training”, he believes that Walmart shoppers will have a less stressful experience because of helpful employees. A number of stores will take advantage of the “mobile” route. Speedy checkout will be available from mobile devices that have store apps like Macy’s installed. Customers can search for items from store apps and see if the item is in stock nearby to purchase and pick up within the hour. Another advantage with mobile is the shopping experience online. This will not only provide another shopping avenue for customers, but will also result in less crowded brick and mortar locations which we all know can get wild during the holiday season, let alone Black Friday. From virtual reality headsets to contact-less payments, a tech-led experience may make this Black Friday a bit more bearable.


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Is Amazon Go a model for retail of the future?

It was an exciting time for Amazon customers as the much anticipated “Amazon Go” store finally opened its doors on January 22, 2018, at the company’s headquarters. The cashier-less and register-less grocery store only requires shoppers to have the Amazon Go app installed on their android or iOS devices, and they are on their way to a quick and easy shopping experience. With the overload of technology within the walls of the store, customers can grab anything off the shelf and walk right out, instantly charging what they bought to their accounts via the mobile app, making for a hassle free, quick , and convenient experience. So is this the next direction for retail technology? Brent Franson, CEO of Euclid, leading data platform for offline attribution and store visit re-targeting, weighs in the pros and cons. Franson gives credit to Amazon for developing a complete technology run store. Still, this model will not work for all retailers. While the idea of an easier and faster shopping experience will appeal to customers, some will still want the social connection made with sales associates. Stores servicing a variety of products and services depend on their employees to ensure customer satisfaction. Imagine needing to get a price check or check inventory at Target, or wanting an opinion as to which laptop to buy at Best Buy, and there’s no red or blue shirted employee around. That would be a nightmare. On the other hand, Franson notes, simple grab and go convenience stores and mini marts like 7-Eleven might profit from this technology. Those types of establishments have the get in/get out mentality of their customers, wanting to buy a product as quickly as possible. With a huge step in retail technology, now is the time to test out the waters in retail evolution, because this digital world will only move faster.


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8 retail technology predictions for 2017

The 2016 holiday season brought in successful retail growth – ecommerce with over $110 billion in sales, according to Forrester Research. Technology contributed to that success both in brick-and-mortar stores and online — from browsing, point-of-sale and shipping to checkout, supply chain, payments and more. Here are 8 retail technology predictions for 2017.
  1. Alternative checkout methods will continue to grow
  2. The store associate will become a high-tech hub
  3. Chatbots will become a priority retail channel
  4. The internet of things (IoT) will boost supply chain efficiency
  5. Social media will continue to become more shoppable
  6. Digital convergence will be a big buzzword
  7. 2017 will be the year of the retail API
  8. Mobile payments UX will become more seamless

Consumer confidence reached new heights in 2016, showing opportunistic signs for the coming year.


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Infor Delivers Enhanced Mobile Equipment Solution

Infor Mobility for Field Service (MFS, a comprehensive mobility solution designed to streamline activities for technicians operating in the field. released version 15.6.2 to deliver a purpose-built mobile field service application to manage work orders for users of Infor M3, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Infor MFS provide companies with real-time transaction data from their technicians, enabling faster invoicing which help improve cash flow. MFS off-line allow technicians to complete their work efficiently and synchronize transactions when going back on-line. “Infor MFS was designed to help ensure that service technicians can be assigned to an order in the shortest possible time to fix the issue quickly and efficiently,” said Brian Dunks, product director, M3 Product Management, Infor. Infor MFS provides the stability and performance that is necessary to carry out the most advanced field operations.


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2016 Olympics Offers Showcase for Tech

Besides groundbreaking feats of athleticism, amazing new technologies will be in attendance at the Olympics. Official sponsors such as Visa and Samsung are taking the opportunity to show off their gadgets. Visa’s Payment Ring will provide Olympians a wireless payment option via “payment rings” when paying at terminals and shops. Samsung’s Special Edition Galaxy will be given to Olympians, equipped with Olympic themed wallpapers and a flag app for athletes to represent their countries. Additionally, you can expect to see virtual-reality content with NBC, along with 360-degree video and images from Getty. With millions of people watching the games, showcasing these new techs will garner plenty of attention.


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How is mobile technology impacting education?

Darrell M. West, VP and Director of Governance Studies, expresses the impact of educational technology and focuses on ways mobile technology can improve learning. Education technology can better customize learning and provide detailed metrics that can lead to instantaneous assessment on whether or not students are meeting educational goals. Social networks also provide new platforms for reaching millions of adolescents who are currently not enrolled in school. Digital tools increase connectivity and access to information, along with access to financial and business opportunities to women and the disadvantaged. West concludes that the digital revolution of mobile technology can transform learning and act as a catalyst for creating impactful changes in the current educational system.


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Enhancing Education Tech at BETT Conference 2016

BETT, the world’s leading education technology conference, will be showcasing the latest technology in education to help engage students, particularly those with special educational needs, through interactive whiteboards, multi-sensory products and sound and light technologies. Their worldwide partner for 2016, Microsoft, will play a valuable role within education communities around the world to deliver relevant, effective and scalable technologies, services and programs. Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities in the UK, will explain why technology is a powerful tool in extending and creating opportunities for young people,  and emphasize the need for all children to be able to benefit from creative innovations.


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