Top ten applications for next year

Gartner INC is a respected global provider of ICT research, analysis and advice to senior business movers and shakers. Their published report Dataquest Insight: The Top 10 Consumer Mobile Applications in 2012, is available to purchase but here’s a rundown of what they think the most popular mobile applications of next year will be.

- Money Transfer – Send cash to people by SMS. Amazing for the developing world, but hard to police

- Location-Based Services – Info and entertainment services, tailored to where you are

- Mobile Search – Search engines adjusting content for mobile consumers

- Mobile Browsing – Available on 60% of phones now, and ever increasing

- Mobile Health Monitoring – Heart rate, pedometers, remember-to-take-the-tablet alerts

- Mobile Payment – Small transactions through your phone and increased security to authenticate who you are

- Near Field Communication. Dump all the loyalty cards from your wallet, your phone will identify you as you walk past

- Mobile Advertising – We’ll all have to put up with more adverts

- Mobile Instant Messaging – Huge demand already but the price should come down, especially if they tag it with adverts

- Mobile Music – Continued attempts to get us to buy music through phones

I think games will continue be the real number one. I’d have liked education, online book and translation services to have featured, especially as connections multiply in the developing world.

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