PwC concludes Phase 1 of its Mobile Innovations Forecast, in which we have examined trends in the performance of core components of mobile devices and infrastructure. Based on new data for these components, our fundamental assessment is that the rate of performance increases for these seven enabling components of mobile innovation—memory, application processor, storage, infrastructure speed, device speed, imaging and display technology—is expected to decelerate only slightly between 2011 and 2016, relative to 2007 to 2011.
Continuing advances in display technology, imaging, infrastructure speed and application processors (quad versus single purpose strategy more than performance per se) appear more closely tied to mobile innovation bursts.
We do see a potential trouble spot with the coming introduction of ultra high definition (UHD) video. Will the massive data streams produced by UHD overwhelm the other components? We explore that issue in the article. On the other hand, we are enthused by the early breakthroughs demonstrated by smartphones that use contextual information to deliver new value to owners. And a major question as we move into Phase 2 of our exploration of mobile innovation is how many mobile operating systems (OS) and associated app store ecosystems will survive to relevancy by 2016?
This forecast exists within PwC’s framework for understanding various dynamics driving the broader technology sector today, a framework that suggests ways technology companies might navigate disruptions that are rich in opportunity.
Our coverage of the vast mobile ecosystem is an ongoing project comprising four phases. Phase 1 examined the performance improvements of existing technology components. Phase 2, launching soon, covers new capabilities being added to mobile devices. Phase 3 will review compelling new use cases. And Phase 4 will cover new business models.
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