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Mobile cloud 'could ease consumer content access'

Rachel Wheeler

June 17, 2011

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Access to consumer media content could be made even simpler by new mobile cloud services.

This is according to a study from ABI Research, which found that WiFi Direct and DLNA-enabled smartphones are likely to increase at 63 per cent and 23 per cent respectively through to 2016.

Home networks, meanwhile, will only grow at four per cent, suggesting a clear disconnect between smartphone capabilities and the use of home networks.

Victoria Fodale, senior analyst at ABI, commented: "Although WiFi connectivity is ubiquitous in smartphones, and the number of wireless home networks is growing steadily in developed markets, network configuration remains challenging for the average consumer."

However, the alternative would be for consumers to use the new cloud computing services on offer from companies such as Amazon, Google and Apple.

"If they are easier and more convenient for consumers, mobile cloud services could completely bypass the need for integration with home networks or entertainment equipment," explained mobile device practice manager Kevin Burden.  ADNFCR-2366-ID-800583363-ADNFCR

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