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Smartphone: Today’s Primary Computing Device

8 January, 2015 | Article Source: Meghana Vijaykumar  |   (No Comments) | 20,793 Views
Smartphone: Today's Primary Computing Device

Smartphone use has been climbing steadily in the past few years. You hardly need me to tell you that much. Everywhere you go you can see people on their phones browsing the web, comparing product prices, getting directions, or staying connected. The list goes on; the bounty of opportunities and functionalities that made computers and the internet so exciting, to begin with have transitioned into a new medium: mobile.


In a majority of cases, mobile should be the first priority of new tech innovations. While traditional PC’s currently still clinging to the majority use position, it is clear that their reign is fleeting. All the hottest tech trends are pointing to mobile, and Entrepreneurs looking to create a business or consumer experiences must incorporate mobile technology into their vision for it to have any hope of success.


Key Demographics

The growth of a strong segment of mobile-only users is clear in a couple of demographics. In established markets, a prime example would be teenagers. Teens spend tons of time online and on their phones for entertainment and social services. Even laptops, which at one time were the epitome of mobile computing convenience, are considered woefully bulky and inconvenient, fit for only a few select tasks by the new generation.


Another area where smartphones take the lead in computing is in developing markets. Low-income and emerging markets have gained access to mobile technology in recent years thanks to the release of budget-grade Android and Windows devices. These Smartphones provide all-in-one utility at a great price point, making them the primary digital tool for these users.

The Cloud

The development of Cloud solutions has been pivotal to the wholesale shift away from traditional computers. Where we used to rely heavily on local storage for all of our files and data, cloud computing lets us access our data more flexible, and in many ways more securely (as cloud providers abide by set data backup and security standards that the average user would not follow on their own).


Thanks to that decentralized access to data, we can use our mobile devices freely without worrying about clogging up local storage, and the added convenience of unifying our data across devices makes everything simpler. Cloud computing is just another technology that supports the movement away from static workstations and into global, mobile accessibility.


Smartwatches are about to have a breakout year. The competition that will emerge around the Apple Watch – read more here, will be unprecedented in the wearable world. Wearables are just another technology trend that tie in to the ever-growing importance of mobile.

Wearables are closely related to mobile technology; the tech driving them is borrowed from mobile innovations, and much of the functionality of wearables is enabled through connection to a smartphone. It is reasonable to think of wearables as an extension of the smartphone’s capabilities; adding additional sensors, new convenient interfaces, or accompanying you where even a smartphone can’t follow (like into the pool). In any case, the smartphone serves as the hub at the end of the day—your gateway into the digital, quantified self.

Internet of things

The internet of things is the tech movement behind the creation of all kinds of connected devices, from doorknobs to power tools. Just as in the wearable ecosystem, mobile devices (and smartphones in particular) play a central role in organizing the user experience for these various devices.


The current hot trend is the smart home, or the connected home. This is a home that is filled with interconnected, computer controlled gadgets—washing machines, cameras, window blinds, locks, and more. These devices can be organized and controlled intelligently, either at the push of a button, or automatically based on sensor input.

At the core of the experience lies the user’s smartphone. How do you tell your thermostat to warm the house while you are away? Or check to see if the oven is turned off? Or automatically unlock your doors when you approach the door? It’s all done through the smartphone. Again we see that this single device is becoming the central device for the user.

and More!

There are certainly more technologies and trends out there that support the point: smartphones are the future of personal computing. Mobile web design, the evolution of app markets, and new hardware innovations all reveal the importance of mobile as a platform. Looking to the future, businesses and entrepreneurs need to be aware of just how central mobile tech will be to our lifestyles.


Whether you are a business owner looking to future-proof your offerings, or an entrepreneur looking to drive the innovation engine yourself, Software Developers Inc. mobility strategists are always available to chat. We are located in the heart of Bay Area, so if you are around you are most welcome to come to our office!




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