In all things mobile and wireless it has been a year of consolidation, launches, wireless everywhere and some familiar battles between well-known standards and companies. But 2004 was also 12 months where some of us became a little more sophisticated in how we use mobile devices and even the higher-ups learned — sometimes the hard way — that this remains one of tech’s most exciting areas, one that can make a real difference to the bottom line.
Though don’t let the latter be construed as a prediction for next year. The big issues will remain manageability, experimentation with terminal design/software improvements and the spread of content, work-related data and voice into more corners of our lives than we probably once thought possible. Even Sir Tim Berners Lee, picking up our award for ‘lifetime contribution’ in September, put it plainly: the next big frontier is taking everything mobile. We’ll not argue with him. Full Story