The world of technology, and indeed the software that we use to run and provide more functionality to our computers and mobile phones, is a rapidly expanding one. That expansion doesn’t slow down and as the devices get more advanced so will the software that we run on them. We are already at a point where we can book tickets and write and send emails just using our voice and the software that is part of handheld devices. It won’t be too long before we will see technology that automates many of the daily tasks such as calendar synchronisation, booking and arrangement of travel and even booking of hotel rooms. These functions are already available but they perform quite separately from other information. We may one day see an app that checks dates and times of important meetings, books a taxi to take you to the station, checks the train times, books the tickets and makes sure you are able to get to the meeting in plenty of time. It is all a matter of integration.
We are currently seeing a mobile phone market that is still experimenting with what it is and what the audience want from it. New innovations are sometimes taken to heart and kept throughout the entire industry. Some like crossover handsets that double as game controllers do not last as long in the marketplace, but as with any infant industry we are still witnessing manufacturers trying to find their feet.
As we reach a plateau where standards are made that other companies follow we see that the people who make apps are also discovering how best to take advantage of the hardware allowing them to make apps that are the best possible. And we are only going to see those companies get better at what they do as technology increases during the next decade.