A look at how apps are affecting people’s day-to-day lives…
In the developed world, gone are the days when mobile phone apps are considered an unnecessary luxury. In these modern times, applications impact our normal lives every single day, and it’s hard to remember what our experiences were without the world that exists in our pocket. As app developers, we are at the centre of this app revolution, and we’re always on a mission to create something that people will find useful every day.
The development of smartphones and people’s increasing reliance on them to connect with friends has ensured that social applications are right at the heart of this app revolution. The popularity and accessibility of social media has improved alongside the users of smartphones, and improved Wi-fi coverage means that people can stay connected 24/7. Apps such as Whatsapp and Snapchat keep people in touch with each other day-to-day, and social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram encourage the sharing of experiences, photographs, and videos.
One awesome social app: Tinder (Social & Dating App)
Information is everywhere. Whether we want to go on an aimless ramble through the mountains of knowledge, or whether we want to discover more about something that interests us, smartphone apps have changed the way that we consume information every day. If you want to begin learning a new language, you just need to look at our collection, and there is so much more out there for people wanting to expand those brain cells. If you’re looking to learn some practical skills, eHow can provide you with a step-by-step, and if you’re trying to improve on your school education, there are hundreds of specialist educational apps out there on both the iPhone and Android marketplaces.
An awesome learning app: Mandarin Bubble Bath (Chinese Mandarin Learning)
Long gone are the days when you’re lost without a trusty AA road map. Google Maps, and to a less accurate extent, Apple Maps, have enabled us to find our way using just our pocket device. Added to this, the diminishing suspicion of GPS means that we know exactly where we are and where we need to be at all times. Satellite navigation devices in vehicles are still extremely popular, but the improving functionality of mobile devices means that we are now able to use them as a voice-automated guidance system whilst in vehicles too.
One awesome navigation app: NavFree (GPS Navigation)
Apps such as “Where’s my iPhone” add an extra layer of security to your device, and millions of people across the world have made use of this app in particular. Many of the large virus protection companies such as McAfee have also released apps, and this particular Android one allows you to remotely lock and wipe data from your phone. With more people using their smartphone as a data storage device, this sort of functionality is greatly needed. Other apps allow you to remotely monitor a camera or audio device, which is perfect for home or business security. The next generation of children will be growing up in a world with cyber crime as an inherent consideration, and apps can provide us with the essential protection that we need – for our data, our possessions, and for our safety.
One awesome security app: Stash (Private photos, videos, and documents)
Apps such as Spotify, Deezer, and Soundcloud have ensured that we’re able to access any music that we want at any time. If one doesn’t have the tune you’re looking for, the other will. And failing that, you’ll surely be able to find it on your YouTubeapp. Furthermore, due to the genius that is Shazam, discussions about names of artists and songs are a thing of the past – just whip out your phone and let the database give you the answer. In some ways this is a great shame, but it also provides us with the opportunity to discover and re-discover great music whenever we want. Spotify’s role in the music industry is a somewhat controversial one, and there are questions as to whether it benefits or harms the artists, but for smartphone users these massive online collections of streamable music are a revelation.
An awesome music app: Pocket Guitar (Virtual guitar in your pocket!)
Mobile applications will continue to play a major part in our lives for the foreseeable future, and as access to smartphones increases across the globe, people will find more inventive uses for them. For us, the almost boundless nature of app development is something that keeps us passionate about creating our apps, and confident that we can develop great applications that can be used by people across the world every single day.
For more information about our apps, or if you have an idea that could take the world by storm, get in touch today!