Businesses should prepare for five shifts in the ways consumers use technology, according to a new report from the US Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
The CEA's Five Technology Trends to Watch (PDF) lists technology and privacy, the future of video distribution and consumption, mobile broadband and 4G, green technology and the future of applications as likely to have the biggest impact in the coming year.
Video consumption and distribution will be very much on end-user terms, according to the CEA, as consumers look to access content where and when they want.
The growth in smartphone use, meanwhile, will lead to an increased provision of high-speed mobile networks and some far-reaching changes, according to the report.
"Perhaps four years away, it is not at all difficult to envision a future where laptops are only required for the most processor-intensive applications," said the CEA.
"Instead, the future seems to indicate that high-end smartphones will begin to sell with docks (akin to the port replicators sold with most laptops) that will let users transfer the smartphone screen to a full-sized monitor while also using a full-sized keyboard and mouse."
Consumers will continue to adopt green technology, according to the report, particularly in areas like cars, where hybrids will become more popular.
The application marketplace will change, and developers will have to choose a platform, such as Apple's iOS or Google's Android, and create compelling software that has obvious revenue opportunities.
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