More or less a low-key month, May was still full of rumors, releases, and some pretty big developments and announcements. Some of these might blow your mind, like Google’s driverless car announcement, or one study that contradicts what most people think about mobile shopping. Even if they don’t blow your mind, here’s the wrap-up of all the mobile news you missed in May anyway!
1. T-Mobile Customers Enjoying No Contracts
Makes sense, right? Who wants to be tied down? Turns out 2.4 million MORE customers don’t, as they hopped over to T-Mobile’s new no contract plans. Is this the mobile future?
2. eBay Cyber Attack
Another day, another cyber attack, this time on eBay. Eventually we’ll get to the point where passwords are just a thing of the past – it’s almost inevitable at this point.
3. Mobile Devices Affect In-Store Shopping
But not in the way you think! Turns out mobile users increase their brick & mortar shopping the more they use their devices, not the other way around. The Gallup poll was a big surprise and has to make everyone wonder about the future direction of mcommerce.
4. Driverless Cars
Still not sure if we live in the future or not? Google is about to start testing their driverless cars in September of this year. They won’t have steering wheels and just will simply have a map so you can pick where you want to go.
5. Phablets Winning
Tablets are on the way out, at least according to data from IDC. Large screen phones are grabbing more and more of the market share and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon.
6. Wi-Fi Network in the Cloud
Google is working with Ruckus Wireless to create a large scale network to connect hundreds of thousands of wireless nodes. Could this bet the next logical step after Fiber?
7. IT Spending Growth Cuts
The earlier mentioned tablet sales slump has actually created a problem elsewhere: IT spending budgets as a whole. IDC predicts a growth of only 4.1% rather than 4.6% – still a fine number, but not as impressive as years past.
8. Tweaking with Phones
Love tinkering and changing your phone’s features? Then Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is right up your alley. It comes in a “tweaker friendly” Verizon model, letting you customize it the way you see fit. Kind of like going to a frozen yogurt bar, if you don’t like what you get, it’s mostly your fault!
9. Big Data
The healthcare industry is hoping Big Data will help improve and streamline everything from hospitals to insurance. While this type of thing was mainly only used by big corporations, developments have made it easier for smaller organizations to get hold of this data.
10. Phone Addiction
Are you addicted to your phone? Of course you are. How best to solve this? Naturally, with a phone app.
Did we miss anything? Share your mobile news in the comments!