An industry expert has suggested that mobile apps need to become more open
An industry expert has suggested that mobile apps need to become more open and be able to communicate with multiple devices in order to capitalize on the emerging mobile broadband and cloud computing market.
According to Randall Stephenson, chief executive of AT&T, customer expectations from mobile devices will rise in future, especially relating to the the use of apps via mobile broadband.
Mr Stephenson told reporters at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona: "Mobile broadband was talked about for three or four years, and now it's a ubiquitous, integral part of business and society, and the same thing is happening with the cloud.
"Open interoperable systems are vital, as mobile broadband and cloud computing capabilities will drive the next wave of growth in mobile broadband. We've seen this in a large way with the Amazon Kindle."
Citing Amazon's Kindle, Mr Stephenson said it was a perfect example of a device which supports multiple applications, and can be used anywhere.
Cloud computing will see a strong growth in the next four years, recent figures from the International Data Corporation have indicated.
The market value of cloud systems management software will rise to £1.5 billion by 2015, the firm predicted.
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