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Mobile cloud set to overtake home connectivity

Posted: 21 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cloud services? smartphone? home network? study?

ABI Research forecasts that WiFi Direct- and DLNA-enabled smartphones will steadily grow at compound average growth rates (CAGR) of 63 percent and 23 percent, respectively, until 2016. However, home networks will only grow at 4 percent CAGR, questioning the effectiveness of smartphone capability in the use of home networks. This opens opportunities for mobile cloud services to offer consumers more convenient alternative.

With mobile handsets becoming full-featured media servers capable of connecting automatically to other consumer devices such as TVs, picture frames, game consoles, and audio systems, DLNA and WiFi Direct certification programs are poised to simplify wireless connectivity for consumers, but new mobile cloud services may provide even easier access to consumers' media content, according to ABI.

"Both programs help mitigate the difficulties that consumers often face when connecting devices at home, and both bring wireless technology further into the mainstream market," says ABI Research senior analyst Victoria Fodale.

"WiFi Direct enables a device to connect directly to another device without a wireless network. DLNA-certified devices discover other certified devices, eliminating the need for a consumer to configure the connection," says Fodale. "Both programs help mitigate the difficulties that consumers often face when connecting devices at home, and both bring wireless technology further into the mainstream market."

"Although WiFi connectivity is ubiquitous in smartphones, and the number of wireless home networks is growing steadily in developed markets, network configuration remains challenging for the average consumer," adds Fodale.

There may be an alternative: the new cloud services offered by Amazon, Google and Apple allow consumers direct access to both user-generated and licensed media. "If they are easier and more convenient for consumers, mobile cloud services could completely bypass the need for integration with home networks or entertainment equipment," says mobile device practice manager Kevin Burden.





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