December 29th, 2010
It’s that time of year to start looking toward the next year, get an idea of what we’d like to see happen, throw those ideas in the bin and then dream up what will actually happen.
There’s already a few givens for next year – the biggest being that smartphone sales will truly go through the roof and possibly eclipse the amount of PC’s sold in the year whilst effectively killing the feature phone in the process. In 2011, we will become truly portable. If you own shares in a mobile related company, all the power to you. If you don’t, get yourself a late Christmas present and buy Apple shares or something, what’s coming next is looking really good.
We also know that the landscape for computing is changing from the desk to the portable office – as the trend moves from fad to copycats to established players, it’s at that time that we start to see acquisitions, mergers, bankruptcies and unlikely alliances. I have a feeling that next year we will see a lot more activity at the top end of tech than has happened over the past few years, considering the fact that multiple companies such as Apple, Google and Microsoft have enourmous piles of cash ranging from $30-$50 billion sitting in the bank, ready to spend at will.
It’s with this that I kick off my first annual Tech Predictions edition for OzTechNews…