Huge Innovations in Mobile Technology
Innovations in mobile devices have dramatically improved our ability to communicate. We can stay in touch with family and friends using dozens of mobile applications. Mobile devices have also drastically cut the amount of time and expenses needed to manage a business.
The trend toward mobile
Search Engine Watch points out that there are more than 1.5 billion mobile Internet users worldwide. Roughly 80 percent of those Internet users own a mobile device. In addition, a growing percentage of e-commerce business is done using mobile apps.
Better technology is driving the move toward mobile. Hundreds of companies are creating apps and websites that are mobile-friendly. A mobile-friendly device means that the text, fonts and graphics are easy to read. This term also means that the user can easily see buttons and drop down menus. The mobile-friendly app or website makes it simple to navigate from screen to screen.
Before mobile devices, many business tasks were more time-consuming. The time involved also made managing a business more expensive. Innovations now allow dozens of business tasks to be performed from anywhere. Mobile allows companies to process documents without the need for printing or faxing. Consider these examples:
· Events and conferences: Before mobile, managing the logistics of an event was challenging. Each attendee planned their event schedule using a hard copy document. Event apps from companies like DoubleDutch allow attendees to load their event schedules on mobile devices so that changes to the schedule can be communicated immediately. The event host can provide constant updates using a mobile technology.
· Digital signatures: The process of getting signatures on documents was a time intensive process before mobile devices. Documents had to be printed, faxed or mailed. Once the signature was obtained, the document was sent back by mail or fax. The manual process also required filing. There are also mobile apps for digital signatures now. The signer can access a document, sign it and send it back over a mobile device. A signed document can be sent to anyone who needs it automatically. This system is a great time-saver for contracts, legal documents and employee agreements.
· Accounting systems: Improvements in mobile technology allow a manager to post accounting transactions, send invoices and review reports on a mobile device. QuickBooks, one of the largest accounting software programs, now has a mobile app. This mobile option means that the business owner can post accounting work from anywhere.
All of these changes allow businesses to operate more efficiently and with lower costs.
Child safety: Plusses and minuses for mobile apps
While mobile apps have many benefits, easier access to the Internet creates some risks for children. Kids may access sites that are inappropriate or be subjected to cyberbullying.
Fortunately, there are tools to monitor Internet access on mobile phones. WebSafety explains some tools that can block content that is not suitable for children. These apps can also monitor the location of the child’s mobile device, and update the parent on a child’s location.
Easy access to the web can be a great learning tool. Parents, however, need to monitor their child’s access.
Improvements in personal communication
Individuals can access a variety of mobile apps to improve their way of life. We can use both audio and video features on a mobile device to talk with people on screen. Consumers can share music and documents using mobile devices. Users can also take photos on mobile phones, and share pictures on social media sites.
Innovations in mobile devices have changed how we work and how we communicate.