If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you’re familiar with the idea of mobile video conferencing – but if you’re a newcomer, this might be the first you’re hearing of it. “Mobile video conferencing” describes the use of video conferencing software on mobile devices, like tablets and smartphones. If you’ve ever used a video conferencing solution, chances are it’s either been on a desktop or in a special room designed specifically around the video hardware; but with high-definition mobile video conferencing, the devices you already own are your access point to a world of conferencing possibilities. There’s no need for any special, expensive hardware, and you can conference from anywhere on the globe. Obviously, this can be great for businesses, especially those with geographically diverse employees.
Mobile video conferencing is part of a larger, exciting trend in the world of telecommunications. Worldwide sales of PCs are in free fall while mobile devices are increasingly dominating the market; while it took almost two years for the iPhone to sell 10 million units, Apple moved about 37 million iPhones in Q2 2013 alone. If that sounds like a lot, Android OS phones – which make up 75 percent of the market – shipped a whopping 156 million devices the previous quarter.
And that’s just smartphones. Tablet sales in Q1 2013 are up 142.4 percent over Q1 2012, for a total of 49.2 million units sold.
The proliferation of handheld computers – which smartphones and tablets are, fundamentally – signals a sea change not just in the way humans interact with one another, but also in terms of how they do business. We’ve commented before on the boom in the BYOD (“Bring your own device”) trend, and if we seemed bullish at the time about its possibilities, we were, if anything, conservative in our estimates. Smartphones and tablets are here to stay, and we’re only just starting to become aware of their massive business potential.
This post is the first in a three-part series about just that. Over the next couple weeks, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at mobile video conferencing, not just at what it is and how it can help your company, but also how you can go about implementing a solution, and how you can avoid the potential pitfalls that can go along with adopting a new technology. Check back this time next week for part 2 of the Future of Mobile Video Conferencing: A Wealth of Opportunities.
In the meantime, learn more about mobile video conferencing.
– Dan Lothringer
Dan is a regular contributor to VideoConferencingSpot.com.