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8 mobile technologies to follow

Research firm Gartner sees an important role for the following 8 mobile technologies in the further development of the mobile market.

1. Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth 3.0 will be introduced this year but won’t be integrated into devices until 2010.  Advantages include the  ‘ultra-low-power mode’,  allowing sensors to use this technology.

2. Mobile user interface
Gartner expects manufacturers to differentiate from each other by building in user friendly interfaces.  But different interfaces won’t facilitate the development of mobile applications.

3. Location sensitive
Mobile applications can become more useful when they can ‘sense’ the location of the user.

4. 802.11n
This new wifi protocol will play an important role, delivering faster data transfer and better coverage.  New access points, new interfaces and new backbones will be necessary but the dream of the ‘all wireless office’ comes closer.

5. Display technology
New types of displays will arrive, both passive (e-Books) and active.

6. Mobile web & widgets
The mobile web and its widgets are a cheap way to allow certain applications on mobiledevices.

7. Mobile broadband networks
Mobile broadband will gain (even more) importance. HSPA can be an important add-on or even replacement of wifi hotspots.

8. Near field communication (NFC)
NFC allows mobile devices to communicate with other devices over a distance of a few centimeters.  This can allow services such as mobile payment, mobile vouchers and the exchange of pictures.

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More mobile phone sales, increasing use

The sales of mobile phones, which had been suffering from the economical crisis in the past months, has increased again in the end of year holiday period.  In December, there was an increase of 20% compared to last year.

Since mid November, Fnac has seen 20% more mobile phone sales.  The Phone House sold 40% more GSMs.  And the shops of Proximus and Base saw an increase of 10 to 30%.

The availability of ever more smartphones with touch screens and multiple functionalities did not only stimulate the sales of mobile devices, but also increase the average price.

Meanwhile, a new Gartner study has shown that the use of mobile device continues to increase.  By 2011, the mobile subscriptions should have toppled the amount of fixed lines.  It predicts that by 2012, 23% of professionals will only be accessible on a mobile phone, compared to 4% now.  Again, the smartphones are the driver for this evolution.