(4-Jan-10) This year will see phones organized around contact lists, an upsurge in video-on-demand, social networking as a primary means of communication, people tracking each other via GPS and smart phones as all-in-one entertainment hubs, according to Telus Corp.’s chief futurist.
Phones will centre on the contacts, not the functions
“Phones will no longer be organized around its functions, but holistically around your contacts,” states David Neale, chief futurist and senior vice-president of strategic content and services at Telus, in his five predictions for mobile trends for the coming year, released recently.
Neale foresees seamless communication with contacts across applications, including the ability to view interactions with contacts without switching apps. “It’s not about tasks anymore, it’s about people, so instead of categorizing communications by function such as text, voice and e-mail, smart phone interactions will be centred around your contacts,” he states.