Mobile technology continues to rapidly advance, bringing astounding innovation to our cars, pockets, and the palms of our hands. These developments are changing the way we do business, the way we share with each other socially, and the way we live, and they paint a much different picture than what technology meant to us 20 years ago.

Here are six ground-breaking advancements in technology you should be watching out for — whether for your iOS, Android, or Windows phone or any other device you can take on-the-go.

The Age of the Smartwatch is Here

We’ve come to a point where mobile technology doesn’t always mean phones, tablets, or laptops. Smartwatches that provide handy apps and high functionality have become a viable option for mobile technology.

The Apple watch has created a buzz for some time, but there are alternatives as well that we expect to get better and better, including the Moto360, Samsung Gear, Pebble Steel, and the LG Watch R. Manufacturers are producing watches that are sleeker, more stylish, and more readily available to sync with your favorite apps.

Introducing…the Phablet

You may not even realize some of the mobile tech advancements you’re experiencing. If you have a device that is bigger than a traditionally cell phone but smaller than a standard tablet, you’re probably using a phablet. These devices offer all the capabilities of a cell phone (calling and texting) but has all the apps of a tablet.

The screen typically measures between 4 1/2 and seven inches.

The device links essential functions where people, especially businesspeople, never have to switch devices to have a phone conversation, check email, create a presentation, or send a text.

Batteries Will Stay Charged Longer, Power Up Faster

One complaint about all the amazing technology available is that the batteries to power the devices just can’t keep up. As users switch from one app to the next, the power drains rapidly. And when using amazing technology like Windows OS on your Nokia Lumia phone on a powerful network, you won’t want to put it down to charge the battery, especially since Windows Phones have one of the best operating systems when it comes to battery life.

Serious improvements to all phone batteries are on the horizon, at least for smartphones. Customers should soon see options for rapid chargers, external, portable battery packs, and batteries in a variety of shapes and sizes. One of the coolest mobile technology advancements in the world of batteries involves using your body heat to charge your phone.

Developers are also working on apps to charge batteries faster.

User Data is Becoming More Secure

With massive amounts of data stored on networks, there is a need for more protection. While companies are now scrambling to protect sensitive customer data in retail, banking, and healthcare industries, individuals are holding companies more responsible to protect their information, too.

The issue has opened a dialogue about privacy between consumers and tech giants such as Google and Facebook about how they use and/or manipulate user data. Both Facebook and Google, for example, routinely update their privacy policies and tell users how to opt out of certain sharing practices.

Also, third party apps have emerged to help users block personal information.

The Cloud Continues to Grow

For the past few years, physical storage devices are becoming smaller and holding more data. But they are still no match for what seems like the never-ending storage ability of cloud computing.

Mobile devices have access to the cloud network as well, making it even easier to share data across your tablet, phablet, phone, and laptop, if necessary. Experts predict that using the same app across multiple devices will soon not be a rarity, but it will be the standard.

The Evolution of Enterprise Mobile Management is Here

Businesses rely on mobile devices more frequently for workers to access files from anywhere, a practice spurred by the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement. Now there is a movement to support that infrastructure, and it is expected to have a huge impact on the business world.

Forbes describes the  Enterprise Mobile Management Evolution, also known as EMM, as different mobile management, security, and support technologies that will allow mobile management applications, file syncing, sharing, and other common needs and demands.

EMM can be used across a variety of devices and operating systems.

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