The smartphone – your information hub

The smartphone – your information hub

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The technological development of smartphones has meant our simple cell phones have evolved into so much more than nifty gadgets for making calls or devices to use for sending text messages.

Nowadays, we use our smartphones for all kinds of multi-tasking activities – browsing the internet, listening to music, organizing our diaries, monitoring our health and even managing our finances. The list really is endless. Smartphones have been transformed from straightforward mobile telephone into an important hub of information, embodying a multitude of different roles and providing many different services for our every need. Indeed, by simply switching one on, we’re switching on to the entire world and engaging with others in ways we could never have imagined several years ago.

Therefore, it’s no real surprise that, overwhelmingly, around two-thirds of American adults own a smartphone and 19% of these users, rely on them to link to online services.

What exactly do they do?

Smartphones have advanced so much so that they’re effectively all things to all people. They can do just about everything from providing us with entertainment to offering us practical solutions when we’re stuck in the real world. Some of their key features include:

Taking photos

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Smartphones are rapidly replacing our conventional bulkier cameras due to their convenient and small design making them ideal for slotting into handbags and pockets. Moreover, they usually have a significantly larger storage capacity than traditional digital cameras so users can store lots of photos at any one time. Plus, inbuilt editing software also means our photographs can always be flawless for all those “selfies” we put up on social media sites.

They’re our personal assistants

Personal assistants aren’t just for respected CEO’s and VIP’s, indeed, just about anyone who owns a smartphone has a very own loyal and reliable electronic PA to remind them of important events and upcoming birthdays. Aside from such reminders, they also encompass all sorts of other useful utilities including calculators, voice recorders and alarms. Therefore, they can wake us up in the morning, convert our currencies and even allow us to take notes on-the-go without the need for a piece of paper or pen. They can also translate other languages, something that is extremely useful for all those vacations! And if you’re bored? Well, at the touch of a button, you can listen to music, stream radio stations and watch your favorite television programs from all corners of the globe.

Bad sense of direction? It doesn’t matter.

Using an oversized map while driving is practically obsolete thanks to inbuilt GPS systems on our smartphones. They allow us to get from A to B while avoiding all those awkward encounters when asking strangers for directions or becoming frustrated when we find ourselves lost in a dead-end.

They globally connect us

Social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have increased their influence in our everyday lives at an astonishing pace and by downloading mobile apps for such sites, we can stay connected more than we ever could before via desktop computers or laptops. Such apps allow us to receive push notifications so we don’t have to wait to get home to catch up on our friends’ gossip anymore. It’s communication on-the-go, wherever and whenever so you’re never left out of the loop.

What’s more, we can keep on top of breaking news and celebrity gossip through a gossip hub, eliminating the need to pop out to the shop to buy newspapers and magazines. It’s all there at our fingertips, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

It really is no wonder that individuals that own smartphones use them for nearly two hours every day.

So, what’s the future of smartphones?

As technology further progresses so too will the development of smartphones. Indeed, some sources have claimed they’ll soon be able to control our home appliances remotely — things like washing machines, televisions and even ovens. No more burning food! Others have even predicted the incorporation of such features like augmented reality, so you might be able to scan a real life location with your phone’s camera to get a whole host of information from it (i.e. things to do, nearby cafes, services on offer etc.).

3D smartphones are even on that up and coming list so you could expect holograms of your loved ones rather than pictures.

Whatever happens, it certainly seems like smartphones aren’t going to go away anytime soon. Indeed, it’s even predicted that they’ll gain in popularity with some 24 billion people connected by such devices by 2020.

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