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July 22, 2016

Current Trends in Mobile Technology and Usage

There is no denying the dominance of Smartphones in modern society, especially among young users. Since mobile phones are now fitted with functions that are equivalent to the capabilities of a computer, more and more people are taking advantage of the potential uses of mobile phones. A big percentage of humanity relies on their mobile devices for many of their everyday communications and transactions — mainly because Smartphones are convenient and fun to use at the same time. Touchscreen devices are a very commonplace part of modern life.

The growing importance of mobile platforms

Indeed, the role of mobile technology in modern living is growing exponentially. People of all ages now use Smartphones in connecting to their peers. That is only the beginning. We use Smartphones when we are looking for information, for directions, and for recommendations on the products that we plan to purchase, or the services that we want to utilize. Today, people conduct business transactions as well as their personal interactions with the help of their preferred devices. Even online networking and shopping can be done quickly and securely using mobile platforms.

Now that we have already established the importance of mobile platforms, here are some of the most interesting trends in mobile technology.

Cars and mobile phones get connected

Although still not in the mainstream, cars can now be connected to mobile phones and mobile apps can start engines, lock and unlock doors, and monitor safety. There are many other functions tied to this kind of technology, including Wi-Fi connectivity and Web services integration. In this respect, more innovations and more advancements can be expected in the future.

The world is not yet ready for wearables

The technology is here. Wearable mobile devices are available, albeit to a limited degree. However, people who like to use gadgets are still not tired of their Smartphones and tablets. Although some of the Smartwatches and glasses are already quite affordable, the wearable computing revolution has yet to take off. Perhaps the reason for wearables not catching on is that ones in the market today do not fulfill the three most important requirements of market acceptance. These qualities are function, fashion, and fit. In the next few years, things might change as newer, better, and hipper wearable devices are produced.

In addition, some wearable products such as Google Glass have been associated with negative feedback. Since not everyone thinks it is cool to use the device, people are having second thoughts about buying them and showing them off.

Health monitoring continues to grow

Health and nutrition monitoring have shown tremendous growth and will continue to do so. Mobile devices are perfect for generating and tracking real-time health data. This can include functions such as tracking blood glucose levels, CO2 levels in your muscles, and other similar functions. Additionally, mobile works well for athletes with products such Smart armbands for workout-related notifications monitoring health levels.

Use of Android phones 

Android phones provide an affordable platform for downloading tools and applications from the Internet at little or no cost. One generally doesn’t need to pay much for applications that are offered to Android users. These applications are typically developed by third-party software development companies and are created to meet user requirements. Such applications being priced affordably are helping fuel the growth of the Android market.

Companies will address data usage

With increasingly distributed workforces and projects that often require third-party contractors, businesses are addressing issues regarding how their data can be shared to a spectrum of devices safely. While businesses previously had much greater control over their networks and devices, they now must look at Web-based tools that can store data securely while still giving access to those who need it. Businesses must be able to secure corporate information without limiting the devices that will be able to access it.

Mobile phone use on flights

Although some airlines continue to ban calls, the FAA is already allowing personal calls. The official FAA stand today is to allow passengers to use their mobile phones to make in-flight calls. After years of testing, it has been shown that personal mobile devices do not pose any real hazard. Nevertheless, the majority of carriers are still banning the usage of in-flight devices while the airplane is flying at an altitude below 10,000 feet.

Carriers 

In addition to the traditional carriers, there are a number of new companies that offer low-priced services that work well for used devices owners. Companies like ACN, Flash Wireless and FreedomPop offer excellent services for a low price that has attracted many users. FreedomPop, for example, offers a free mobile phone and high speed Internet service that has attracted quite a few customers.

Businesses will become more mobile-first 
Businesses that haven’t already addressed the importance of mobile will continue to do so and those that have, will continue to improve their mobile offerings. As part of this, user experience design will become even more important as companies focus on usability.  The application market is maturing and as part of that we are seeing efforts to improve offerings to meet user needs. Additionally we will see desktop versions of software starting to look like their mobile counterparts. Mobile is winning the battle and desktop/laptop will start to follow its lead.

Virtual Reality
Virtual reality will quickly change how we do things. Virtual reality offers a new level of interactivity and engagement in which the user will be immersed in the content. VR technologies such as Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard and Samsung VR offer great opportunities across a broad spectrum of businesses. Imagine being able to tour homes you are thinking about buying from the comfort of your own living room or testing out interior design ideas.

Virtual reality has been shown to increase comprehension and retention, making it ideal for learning environments. Imagine being able to review content from a first person perspective while learning. Students will be able to virtually travel to various times and places to not only learn history but interact with it.


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Diwiyne Johnson works with Vanity Point – a website design and mobile application development company in Phoenix. She has a deep-rooted obsession for content writing and loves to read technology books. In her free time, she writes articles and shares new updates through various social media channels. You can follow her on Twitter @DiwiyneJohnson.

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