Phase 1: Mobile Technology Index

Mobile Technology Index

To measure the rate of improvement in key enabling technologies, Phase 1 of PwC's four-part Mobile Innovations Forecast framework, we developed the Mobile Technologies Index, a broad composite of seven enabling components that underlie the power of the mobile device to sense, analyse, store and connect information. The seven components are as follows:

Relative progress of components


The interplay of market and industry forces


In this first release of the Index, we forecast a combined compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 41% between 2011 and 2015. This is less than the 55% CAGR of the Index between 2006 and 2011, but still represents large enough improvements in the underlying components to anticipate many new mobile value propositions.

*Not included in the index but a key enabler of mobile innovation

Mobile innovations forecast articles

Published Title Article
07/09/2014 Phase II wrap up: Context as a driving force for mobile innovation View PDF
5/28/2014 The elements of contextual intelligence View PDF
2/19/2014 Virtual context: Connecting two worlds View PDF
1/8/2014 Sensing and making sense: Device and environment underpin contextually aware services View PDF
08/29/2013 The magic of advanced technology: Predicting real-time behaviour & needs via contextual intelligence View PDF
06/17/2013 Phase 1 Wrap up: New data bolsters the general direction of innovation over the next five years View PDF
05/09/2013 Mobile operating system: Smartphones will just get smarter View PDF
03/05/2013 Enabling devices to offer users more natural interaction View PDF
1/17/2013 Image sensor: Steady growth for new capabilities View PDF
12/13/2012 Storage: Quenching the thirst for more View PDF
11/09/2012 Memory: The ever-predictable DRAM path View PDF
10/02/2012 Application processors: Driving the next wave of innovation View PDF
09/12/2012 Infrastructure speed: Watch capital investment in 4G for the next inflection View PDF
07/25/2012 Device connectivity speed: One half of an equation View PDF
07/25/2012 Making sense of the rapid change in mobile innovation View PDF

Mobile innovations forecast

Mobile technologies index - relative progress of components

Mobile innovations forecast

The interplay of market and industry forces and how they are driving technology companies to consider new business models and more agile operations