As 2013 draws to a close, businesses and business experts have started trying to anticipate upcoming trends so that they can maximize them in the new year. With less than a few months to go, many of the most competitive businesses and stores are already preparing their 2014 plans. Here are some of the top tech trends that are likely to influence business in 2014.
Mobile Devices Will Be Even More Important
With the release of the so-called phablets, hybrids between smartphones and tablets, 2014 looks like it will be even more reliant on mobile devices of all shapes and sizes. While laptops and desktop computers will still remain in use, use of tablets and smartphones is expected to increase significantly. Most likely, people will invest in additional devices rather than outmoding old ones. Currently, Business Insider lists the most likely developments in these mobile devices to be longer battery life, larger more flexible screens, faster Internet access, and increased interconnectedness.
Cross-Platform Programs Will Become More Popular
Tech Crunch referred to 2013 as the Year of the App. Now the experts are predicting that 2014 will be the Year of the Cross-Platform Programs. With the increase in mobile devices, these cross-platform programs automatically become more vital to business and individual success. It’s expensive to buy programs separately for every device that you own. So software companies that want to get ahead of the game can start making themselves more competitive by offering cross-platform programs. Evernote, for instance is already taking advantage of this. It is one of the most comprehensive note taking and organizing programs available, but what makes it so popular is the fact that you can use it on just about any electronic device from your smartphone to your desktop. The addition of this feature will make some progra