Life as a connected consumer doesn’t mean you’ll never have to go to a physical store or bank again. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Cisco is out today with its latest Global Mobile Internet Data Traffic Forecast, which projects an 18-fold increase by 2016. A whopping 71 percent of that traffic will be video by 2016, according to Cisco, driven by an expected boom in tablet ownership. The growth in mobile video traffic will put tremendous strain on wireless networks over the next five years, which Cisco believes will force service providers to look for new ways to off-load traffic to fixed networks via Wi-Fi. One bit of good news for service providers, tablet usage seems to skew heavily toward evening hours presumably when tablet owners are at home and have access to their home Wi-Fi networks. Whether that’s simply because most tablets today are Wi-Fi only or because tablet behavior is genuinely different from smartphone behavior could turn out to be a very important question.
Cloud-storage startup Dropbox has its eyes set on being the foundation of a future where we’re never without our data. Phone, tablet, TV, car, you name it. Dropbox wants integration into everything, with its icon becoming to file access what Facebook’s icon is to sharing.
Google launched a movie rental store for Android devices today, making thousands of movies available for streaming and download. The store is already available on the web, and a dedicated Android app for handsets will be available within a few weeks.
I’m off attending the Digital Media Conference outside Washington, DC, today. Regular updates will resume on Monday.
I’ll be traveling Wednesday and Thursday so won’t be updating the links per usual. A full slate of Connected Consumer links will return on Friday.
I’ll be traveling Thursday and Friday, so updates to the links, etc., will be a bit off schedule. Should have a fresh set up Thursday afternoon, assuming my travel doesn’t get disrupted by bad weather moving in here on the East Coast.