Your mobile phone is your most powerful tool. It connects you, keeps you informed and entertained. With a swipe of your finger you can say hello to a friend in Germany, another swipe to read the news. You can check your bank account and open a map application to get you home without hitting traffic on your commute. More than facilitating our day-to-day, the power of mobile phones is that they are links to people, to businesses, to the world around us. While we have only skimmed the surface of the power-potential of mobile technology, we already see that mobile technology has changed the way we look at business. Even more astounding; this little device is changing our economy and creating thousands of jobs along the way.
It started in 2007 with a device called the iPhone, and the rest as they say, was history. Over the past 7 years, mobile devices have become our “everything device” (Dan Rowinski, readwrite.com). The success of the smartphone is astonishing; it took 38 years for the radio to reach 50 million users and 13 years for television. It took 35 days for Angry Birds to reach the same. 35 days. Here is when you have to ask yourself, ”is my business mobile?” With the extraordinary advancements over the past 7 years, developers still believe that mobile technology holds a realm of undiscovered power. “The mobile revolution is just beginning,” states Joe Schoendorf, partner at Accel Partners in Silicon Valley, California.
The next steps and advancements in mobile technology will not just improve and update existing applications. Soon our smartphones will be able to “query huge remote databases and perform complex calculations” (Hans Vestberg, Ericsson CEO). This technology extends far beyond mobile devices. Already they are being implemented into a new fad; wearable smartwatches and Google Glass, featuring technology that before was only found in a mobile device. Bluetooth and automobile wireless connections are also created with this same technology. If this is the beginning, can you imagine a few years, even a few months from now?
How mobility is changing our economy
“Mobile is changing every industry” says Henry Lin Yu, Chairman and CEO of NQ Mobile. It is said without a doubt that mobile devices make our lives easier. Depositing a check or making a transaction can be done from the kitchen table. Paying a bill can be done just as easily as reading a tweet. Thousands of companies have developed mobile applications; to facilitate their business market and to reach more global users. Mobile technology has also created a world of new jobs. 10 years ago, the job title of App Developer didn’t exist, neither did Social Media Manager nor Cloud Computing Services.
Not only does the mobile phone help create jobs; it is a great aid in the job search. Over 70% of those on the job hunt use their mobile device as a job searching tool, while many companies look to LinkedIn and their mobile sites to recruit potential employees. Uncover the potential of your mobile and use it as often as you can.
Mobile evolution facts and statistics
Mobile evolution facts and statistics from Vala Afshar via The Huffington Post.
Today’s average mobile phone is more powerful than the PC’s that sent 2 astronauts to the moon in 1969.
The first mobile call was placed in 1973.
Motorola introduced the first commercial mobile phone in the US in 1983, the DynaTAC 800X. It was retailed at $3,995, had a talk time of 30 minutes and took 10 hours to charge.
Between 2002 and 2006, only 715,000 smartphones were sold.
We spend nearly 40% of our internet time using our mobile devices.
Smartphone customers spend an average of 115 minutes per week using social media networking applications on their device.
What are your thoughts on the Mobile Revolution? How has your mobile helped facilitate your life?