I’ve read an interesting list on CNN this morning. Read full article here: http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/21/tech/mobile/mobile-trends-2011-gahran/index.html

Here is the bullet point: of quick  and, per Amy’s own description – “and entirely subjective — list of Amy Gahran’s picks for the 10 most important stories and trends for 2011 in U.S. mobile news”:

1. Move from unlimited data plans to throttling.

The digital divide between those with high-speed Internet access and those without remains a huge problem in the United States and elsewhere, leading to significant inequities of opportunities and services.

2. Growth of mobile streaming media.

2011 seemed to be the year when streaming media for mobile really started booming.

3. 4G network rollouts.

This year, all major U.S. carriers and several of the discount regional ones were busy rolling out their faster 4G networks.

4. BlackBerry outage and continuing RIM decline.

For several years, even after the first iPhone launched, Research in Motion’s BlackBerry line of phones was the dominant force  of the U.S. smartphone market.

5. Android commands half the U.S. mobile market.

As of October 2011 the Android operating system was used on more than 46% of U.S. smartphones.

6. Mobile payment infrastructure begins.

There were predictions that 2011 might be the year when using your phone to pay for stuff in stores would become commonplace.

7. The debut of smaller, cheaper e-reader tablets.

This new category of mobile devices actually began in 2010 with the launch of the Nook Color, then in October 2011 the launch of the Kindle Fire and  Kobo Vox  marked a new age for affordable tablets.

8. Mobile privacy concerns increase.

Most people consider their cell phones to be personal and private devices, and they react strongly when that privacy is threatened.

9. Voice interface progress continues.

Android phones have long had pretty useful and popular voice control options, as well as turn-by-turn voice navigation. But this year Apple made a big splash in the field of mobile voice interface with “Siri.”

10. Steve Jobs’ mobile legacy.

There was a lot of hyperbole after the death of Apple’s founder – Jobs was a brilliant visionary who revolutionized the very concept of what mobile devices can do and the roles they can play in our lives.

 

Read full article here: http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/21/tech/mobile/mobile-trends-2011-gahran/index.html

 

Amy Gahran writes about mobile tech for CNN.com. She is a San Francisco Bay Area writer and media consultant whose blog, Contentious.com, explores how people communicate in the online age.

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