Smart phones are the turning point in mobile technologies for the past one decade. These devices are getting more and more powerful with each passing month. They are growing to such an extent that they find wide applications in various businesses, including those in the industrial and the commercial markets. But, deploying mobile technologies for business uses is not as easy as thought to be. They pose a number of unique challenges and choices for both mobile makers and mobile users. This article endeavours to provide a background on the current mobile technologies available in the market today.

The main consideration while using mobile technologies in businesses over mobile phones is the plethora of devices that are available in the market including smart phones and the wider features they provide. The development of successful mobile applications at times involves numerous innovative technologies and techniques that are not heard of and seen before. Development of such applications involves the use of diverse skill sets, along with the knowledge of the mobile technologies domain. Developers should not only concentrate on developing applications for mobiles but also pay attention to training the users on the usefulness of these applications for both business and social use.

Employment of new mobile technologies in many business applications through the tools mentioned below using the humble mobile phone gives it the aura of an innovative technology that enables its patrons to do unthinkable things that would not have been thought about under normal circumstances. The mobile web is one such application. This tool has undergone tremendous advances in the last couple of years. As per recent research, in the UK, around a third of adults are now using smart phones and this amount is only likely to change with new innovations in mobile technologies.

We also have native mobile applications that have been utilized to provide cutting edge solutions to mobile phone users. As of 2011, the three service providers Google, Apple and RIM, together occupied around 90% of the total smart phone market. Although this fact shows that an increasing number of people are now switching to smart phones what with their numerous advantages, mobile technology is still seems to be in a state of flux, with providers such as Windows and Palm likely to come out with more cutting edge phones which will change the way we use mobile phones.

Aside from using software and web development to target mobile users, there are some additional ways to exploit mobile contexts for some business processes, SMS being one such case. In this business model, services are delivered through SMS text messages. This application works across all phones whether they are smart phones or ordinary phones, but this is a very limited form of interaction and in this case, message delivery is not guaranteed. Integration of SMS messages with web applications is quite simple and the required support for processing SMS messages is widely available. Thus we see that there are many mobile applications that are used for business purposes.