Mobile advances over the last 12 months show no sign of stopping. Improvements in hardware, software, services and networks all add up to more online activities and subscriber growth for network operators. What will the next wave of innovation bring? Rather than reiterate some ideas that haven’t yet taken root — namely widespread NFC use, standardized mobile payments and a third player in the mobile platform space — our mobile experts share thoughts on trends that will more likely affect consumers and enterprises in the coming year. Stacey Higginbotham says, "Chip wars intensify as more gain LTE integration" -- Qualcomm has experienced a phenomenal run as the provider of integration applications processors and radios for smartphones this past year. The application processor is the brains for the smartphone, while the radios allow them to communicate. Read the full story at Giga OM.