2. Raft of wearables arriving
You may not think you care about wearables, but they are already starting to gain traction, and Android was there from the start. Earlier in March was the first London Wearable Technology Show where over 100 exhibitors demonstrated myriad devices.
It covered everything from augmented-reality eyewear such as Google Glass – which is already being used at Virgin Atlantic to improve interactions between customers and check-in staff – through to jackets that monitor our every move.
Wearables are all about gathering and leveraging big data, and with the announcement of Google’s specialist Android Wear version of the operating system, Google has set out its stall for what is to come. And if you still need convincing, the once seemingly niche world of virtual reality was given a huge boost this week with Facebook's buyout of Oculus Rift designers Oculus VR for $2 billion. Maybe soon we'll be able to visit clients without ever leaving our desks.
1. Better choice of devices
At the time of writing, XDA Developers, the portal for Android developers, had active forums for around 250 different devices. This doesn’t include the many clones, specialist devices, HDMI smart TV sticks, or the 50 to 80 new devices that we can expect to see coming out before the end of the year.
Some have 3in screens, some have 24in screens and some have no screens at all. The specifications vary dramatically as does the price. There are phones, phablets, 7in tablets, 10in tablets, bigger, smaller and everything in between. All of which means that one of those devices is probably suitable for every use case in your business. And even if everyone has a different device, they will all be interoperable, giving you an office ecosystem that all interconnects beautifully.
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