For the past decade, the smartphone race has been the main arena in which technology gladiators battled for domination. Now that Android accounts for over 87% of 2016 smartphones shipments (iOS accounts for only ~12%), we can declare the smartphone platform war is over.
So, what are the technology battle grounds of the next decade going to be? Let’s take a look at some of the top arenas to which the energy (and capital investment) of the smartphone era will be diverted.
The Smart Home and City Battle: Artificial Intelligence Meets Ubiquitous Connectivity
Virtual assistants have come a long way in the last few years, and they are now starting to support conversational capabilities. The war between Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and Google Now is in full swing, and their parent companies are investing heavily to stay on top. As I stated in a recent blog that took a more detailed look at conversational assistants, it’s clear that the home is a key access point to consumers’ hearts and wallets….
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