For all of you tired of the 2012 hysteria, here are top Technology and Business Trends predictions for 2012 that will affect consumers. Whether it’s Facebook Page or Pages for Google+ or the recently announced Twitter branded pages, in 2012 big and large businesses will realize power of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin OR Google+.
Small and big companies have started embracing ecosystems, partners, and crowdsourcing, they will try to integrate with Facebook, Salesforce or by other means.
Mobile Payments OR Mobile banking- there are an estimated 40 million unbanked or underbanked consumers in the U.S. alone — now can be added to the list of potential benefits related to mobile payments. Mobile banking allows for an alternative payment method; instead of paying with cash, check or credit cards, the consumer can pay using their smartphone, via a method that is quick, secure and hassle-free.
Semantic technologies – Data has become the soul of the interaction, and a uniform template the face of the relationship, those that enable data to be understood across multiple languages — are becoming more prevalent. Expect HULU, Netflix and other standalone products and services to be absorbed by larger companies. Apple’s iCloud, Amazon’s Fire, and Google’s play in movies will make it harder and harder for video-specific sites to survive.
Don’t expect any magic from Research In Motion, Hewlett-Packard, AOL, and Yahoo! Google Android will continue to steal mindshare away from BlackBerry. AOL’s recent restructuring is unlikely to return it to prominence. Lightweight and thin laptops – Companies like Toshiba, Lenovo, Asus, Acer, Samsung, and HP(HPQ) have already made moves in this space, but more products are expected to hit the shelves in 2012 and 2013. Ultrabooks are set to be a big trend in 2012!!!