Online cell phone retailer Wirefly predicts the wireless wars are going to get even more contentious in 2010, something that is bound to benefit the consumer. The company also believes the Android OS will make big gains this year as more smartphone-makers use it. Those are just two of the predictions from Wirefly for the new year, which include:
The Smartphone Surge Continues – Manufacturers will continue to roll out new and improved smartphones to keep up with consumers’ growing demand to stay connected while on-the-go. Wirefly predicts that for most consumers, the smartphone will be the norm and not the exception in 2010.
App Stores Aplenty – As more smartphones flood the wireless market, expect to see an even greater presence of app stores. Consumers will begin to rely more on their smartphones for productivity, entertainment and communication and they will no longer be satisfied with the standard, preinstalled applications. Instead, they will seek out and download specific applications that cater to their needs. Wirefly predicts that the app stores that will ultimately succeed will be those that make it easy for consumers to shop and download quality applications safely and securely.
Emergence of Tablet PCs – The Netbook was the “It” device of 2009. In 2010, it is going to be all about the tablet PC for mobile computing. These mini-touchscreen computers (think iPhone on steroids) generated a huge buzz at the International CES in Las Vegas this year, with several manufacturers announcing the impending launch of their version. Biggest question still remains: Will customers connect via a data plan or primarily use it with Wi-Fi? Only time will tell.
Carrier Rate Plan War Heats Up – Wirefly believes that carriers are going to continue to invest more heavily in increasing their footprint by improving quality and speed while driving down costs to consumers.
Continued Growth of the Android Operating System – With more and more cell phone manufacturers introducing various models on this revolutionary platform, Wirefly thinks it is safe to say that the Android Operating System is set to make significant gains in the smartphone market in 2010.