Our phones and tablets are really just the beginning of the mobile experience. The apps on these devices are connected. To us and our location. To our workplace. To the cloud and the heady world of available services and APIs that can be found there.
This is fundamentally what I took away from the AT&T Developer Summit which just concluded. Diving in a little further, here are my key takeaways:
Growth in M2M and connected devices
AT&T is partnering heavily with IBM business partner Axeda to offer developers a platform on which to integrate sensors that can interact with our mobile devices. Think monitoring the vitals of your home whilst you are away on travel. Or hacking a pair of brainwave-powered cat ears to intercept call when you are agitated.
Automotive, healthcare and finance are key industries
Our cars will get smarter. Rather than just having access to the Pandora app on your phone to play music, they will also be able to tell friends when you are stuck in traffic and access your calendar to plan the optimal travel route. Healthcare is being transformed. Patients can share their personal data with services that can monitor lifestyle and let the individual know the impact this will have on their health. The finance industry is already allowing more and more transactions to take place across mobile devices. Services of testing platforms like that of Keynote DeviceAnywhere helps banks ensure that they all users, regardless of device, have a consistent experience.
The enterprise space is set to mushroom
On the user side, the BYOD (bring your own device) movement gathers momentum. Meanwhile, mobile developers are now increasingly focusing their efforts on enterprise-level applications (see Ed Schmidt’s comments in this video).
Security represents a major issue
The large swaths of data that surrounds our mobile experience needs to be secured, whether that data is at rest (while being stored on the phone or up in the cloud) or in motion (being transmitted). This is particularly important in terms of the roadmap for enterprises, as the recent IBM Tech Trends report points out.
Call management can transform the way we communicate
New services such as the AT&T APIs allow us to overcome some of the boundaries of synchronous communication. Speech can be delivered and consumed as text and vice versa. Applications can be designed to intercept, process and initiate phone calls.