Emerging trends in mobile technology could be a game-changer for businesses and consumers alike, offering cross-platform device management, advanced storage, and cutting-edge smart gadgets. To stay astride of the evolving mobile world, keep an eye on the following tech trends that are on track to revolutionize the meaning of mobile technology:

 

Cloud Storage

 

Cloud storage is still notably working out its security kinks, but its scalability potential could lead to paperless business within the decade. By 2017, experts predict that 50% of enterprises will have adopted hybrid-cloud business models. Hybrid-cloud utilizes both public and private cloud functions to benefit consumer and business users alike. As well as offering environmentally-friendly document storage, cloud services can enable flexible operations for enterprises all over the world, and ensure against the deletion or loss of valuable data. As more and more software applications begin to incorporate cloud services, the burden on both business and personal operating systems will lessen, making running advanced applications a possibility from even tablets and smartphones.

 

Cross-Platform Device Management

 

As more businesses implement “Bring Your Own Device” policies, the race is on to refine the art of cross-platform device management.  And with major players such as Microsoft taking up the challenge, it’s only a matter of time before Over the Air (OTA) management systems can support any device, anywhere. While mobile device management software is already widely available, current systems struggle to support multiple mobile OSes, making juggling different mobile and tablet varieties all at the same time an IT support nightmare. As more all-inclusive systems evolve, virtual employment will skyrocket, making, for many businesses, office-based employees a thing of the past.

 

Mobile Gadgets

 

Between smart watches, smart bracelets, and smart home gadgets, smart technology is rapidly evolving. As more devices become network compatible, every-day objects will become manageable through smartphone and tablet apps. At its Developer Conference in San Francisco, Google unveiled The Nest, a smart thermostat that can be adjusted and programmed from any smartphone. And The Nest is just the tip of the smart-tech iceberg; we’ll soon be seeing smart ovens, dishwashers, washing machines and coffee-makers.

 

Healthcare

 

Already app technology has led to the development of smartphone-compatible blood glucose monitors for diabetics, enabling easy on-the-go blood-glucose monitoring. Clip-on device Remotoscope can now even turn your iPhone into a tool for ear infection detection. Doctors and app-builders alike predict a bright future for smart medical care, with blood-glucose monitoring and ear infection detection just barely tapping the surface of how smart technology can revolutionize the healthcare field. Also in development are blood-testing apps, that would enable aid workers in remote regions to retrieve blood test results in moments. Such apps would also make remote patient diagnoses a real possibility.

 

Smart Machines

 

It’s a short step from smart appliances and diagnostic tools to smart machines, with major projects such as the Google self-driving car already roadworthy. IT specialists believe that smart technology can also be integrated with factory and manufacturing processes, helping to detect toxin levels that may be dangerous to human workers, and self-adjust to transition from the production of one product to another. As smart machine technology evolves, we’ll begin seeing more and more manual labor processes become automated–even package delivery will soon be a job for the smart machine, with delivery drones already in the testing stages of production.