As always, new technology trends are on the horizon and can change the landscape of development, design, applications, content sharing, mobile payments, business, cloud, connected machines, mobility, intelligent networks, and everything in between.
Predicting what will happen in 2013, therefore, is a “shot in the dark.” — not to mention hundreds of rapidly evolving, technology-centric innovations that we’ve yet to dream up.
Despite the ongoing world-wide economic risk environment, overall, you’ll find technology more social and more connected, here’s my best estimate of some of the Tech Trends You’ll See in 2013:
Worldwide IT spending in 2013 will exceed $2.1 trillion – Innovation and keeping up with competition, companies will spend Will Spend Billions. IT spending will be up almost 6%, International Data Corporation (IDC) expects e-ICT spending to increase by 26 percent to $3,018 billion in 2013. Sales of mobile devices will total $431 billion in 2013, an increase of 20% over 2012. Mobile devices will account for 20% of all IT spending in 2013, which IDC puts at $2.1 trillion worldwide.
Emerging countries – Yes, economic growth is slowing, but IT spending in emerging markets will grow by 8.8% in 2013 to more than $730 billion. he BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) will continue to dominate IT spending among the emerging markets. Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East will also spend $730 billion on IT, up almost 9%.
Tablets will be cheaper than a hardcover book – While a deteriorating global economic outlook in 2012 led you to think tablets as expensive purchase, wait for next year, these things are going to be $20 soon. Mini tablets with screens smaller than 8 inches will account for as much as 60% of unit shipments, up significantly from 33% in 2012.
Mobile, Mobile, Mobile! – Evolution in mobile experiences will eclipse the desktop experience. In 2013, mobile devices will pass PCs to be most common Web access tools. I believe in 2013, mobile devices will pass PCs to be most common Web access tools. The number of people accessing the Internet through PCs will shrink by 15 million over the next four years, while the number of mobile users will increase by 91 million.