The mobile revolution continues to advance. As of 2018, there are 5.135 billion unique mobile users globally, representing 68 percent of the world’s population. In fact, 200 million people got their first mobile device in 2017 alone. The popularity of mobile devices has made internet and social media usage soar. But the impact of the mobile revolution extends far beyond the internet and social media. Here’s a look at three ways mobile technology has changed the way we work and live.
Communication Has Become Constant and Instant
Twenty-five years ago, if you wanted to make a phone call when you were away from home, you had to look for a payphone and pay a quarter or more. By 2007, cell phones had become so common that the payphone business had become unprofitable, and AT&T abandoned the payphone market, soon followed by Verizon in 2011. Today, with so many Americans carrying cell phones, payphones have become obsolete and communication has become constant. You can make a call or send a text whether you’re in your car, at school, at work, shopping or dining out.
Communication has also become instant. When phones and email dominated communication, you might reasonably expect to wait half a day or a full day for a business message to be returned. Today, technology advances have made communication instant. Communication speeds accelerated as cell phones grew more popular in the 2000s, which saw the transition from 3G speeds with theoretical peak download speeds of 7.2 megabits per second (Mbps) to 4G LTE speeds with theoretical peaks of 100 Mbps and average speeds in practice of 18.6 Mbps. Today’s fastest mobile processors are designed to support forthcoming 5G download speeds, which will represent another quantum leap forward in communication speed. This also means connectivity will be more reliable and battery power will be much more efficient.
The Workplace and Marketplace Have Gone Mobile
The availability and speed of mobile devices have revolutionized the workplace. Over 8 in 10 CEOs now see mobile technology as strategically important for their enterprises, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. These trends are helping American workers find jobs more easily and get work done more efficiently by using mobile apps.
The mobile workplace shift has accompanied a migration to a digital marketplace. E-commerce represented 49.4 percent of all retail sales growth in 2017, pointing towards the continued growth of online sales. Consumers now enjoy the ability to shop for virtually anything from their mobile device.
Everything Is Connected
The mobile revolution, coupled with the Internet, has set the stage for a new technological infrastructure where everything is connected through the Internet of Things. At the forefront of the IoT revolution is the growing popularity of smart speakers such as Amazon Echo. These devices are allowing consumers to play music, control appliances and manage home security by using the sound of their voice.
Connected cars are emerging as another key component of the Internet of Things. Smart TVs, smart homes, and even smart cities are other examples of how everything is becoming connected in the wake of the mobile revolution.
The mobile revolution has revolutionized society by making communication more convenient and faster, shifting the workplace and marketplace to a digital model, and promoting the interconnectivity of all parts of today’s technological infrastructure through the Internet of Things. In every area of society, mobile devices are making it easier to manage personal and business tasks and get more done in less time.