HWM (Singapore) - - Ed's Note - Zachary Chan

2015 sure went by in a blink of an eye and we’re al­ready step­ping into a brand new year. Look­ing back, the tech in­dus­try was ac­tu­ally quite vi­brant, though truth be told, all the most ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments cen­tered around the mo­bile mar­ket. While this is sur­pris­ing to no one, the fact that one sin­gle tech seg­ment ba­si­cally car­ried the mo­men­tum of the whole in­dus­try is rather telling.

Of course, I’m not just talk­ing about smart­phones here, but the con­ver­gence of mo­bile form fac­tors that in­clude wear­ables, smart­phones, tablets and hy­brids. You can read more about this phe­nom­e­non in this is­sue’s Think ed­i­to­ri­als. We’ve also wit­nessed the in­cred­i­ble ex­plo­sion of mo­bile data and apps that have opened the doors to new us­age sce­nar­ios and peer-to-peer ser­vices we’d never have though pos­si­ble be­fore - for­get shop­ping from home, we now shop from phone.

In the last two years, the mo­men­tum of mo­bile trends be­came the force that awak­ened com­pa­nies from an in­ward look­ing cul­ture to re­assess their po­si­tions. Ap­ple re­lented to mak­ing ph­ablet-sized devices with the iPhone 6 Plus, Black­Berry jumped onto the An­droid band­wagon with the Priv, Mi­crosoft re­al­ized that peo­ple want their Start But­ton and desk­top back even on hy­brid touch devices, tra­di­tional watch mak­ers can no longer ig­nore the con­nected smart­watch, and the list goes on.

What will 2016 bring? We won’t spec­u­late, but you can be sure HWM will have it cov­ered, even if we have to jump off a moun­tain to get that story.

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