Embracing A Mobile-Centric Lifestyle
If people were to open a computer every time they want access to their Facebook account or Instagram or Gmail, many people will instead prefer to talk to each other. In 2017,smartphones have become universal, crucial and ubiquitous in the lives of many, simply because phones are now not merely a tool for people to connect to someone, these gadgets are being used for a variety of tasks including but are not limited to information findings, tracking of progress, tracking of locations, playing games, keeping photo albums, and the truth is, the possibilities are endless as we head into the future. In January 2017, there were 2.2 million apps available in the Apple Store while Android offers a whopping 2.8 million apps ready to be downloaded into the smartphones. Ask any question and I’m sure there is an app for you out there. You always forget to drink your daily dose of water? Download a drink water app that reminds you to drink water regularly. You want to keep a diet diary, have at it. You want to make yourself taller, there is even a tall editor to feed your denial and fulfill your illusion. Basically, the app world has what you need and much more.
I believe that smartphone hasn’t reached its maximum potential just yet. Smartphone users should be aware that with the increase in the computing power of the smartphone and other technologies introduced alongside like BLE, NFC, Wifi, GPS, QR Code and many more, various other actions and transactions can be accomplished through the smartphone. Taking this development into account, the smartphones have not only been useful in taking care of personal matters but now they have also transcended into all aspects of our everyday living including managing our bank accounts and managing our jobs.
Online banking, for example, has been around for quite some time, however, banks have been striving to offer services on Mobile Application but with limited features. Of late, more and more features have been added to the app to increase customer's satisfaction and to serve consumers who do not own a personal computer. Movie tickets, hotel confirmations, flight tickets and much more are made mobile ready, no printing required. At the workplace, Mobile Applications have started to become a norm whereby employees can clock attendance through smartphones, offices can trace employee's’ whereabouts using GPS, view attendance data in real-time, and etc. Employee leave applications and approvals can be done through smartphones; making all transactions accurate, paperless, effective and traceable. The automation of leave management will enable human resource department to focus on other pressing matters at hand rather than to spend time calculating leave accruals according to staff’s service period and policy. The use of the application in the office promotes two-way communication between the management and the staff which will result in more positive engagement.
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The use of smartphone does not only apply to a personal life or at the workplace anymore, it has now also become widespread across the community as well. i-Neighbour, for example, has led the way in combining cloud-based technology with IoT to offer modern communities with a mobile-centric lifestyle that uses a smartphone to manage visitor access as well as to gain access into many smart hardware such as smart boom gate, smart elevator, smart lock and many more. The main advantage of Mobile Application on top of convenience is its traceability, whereby nothing is lost in translations and transactions.
One might not be keen to embrace a mobile-centric lifestyle but I reckon, when the going gets tough, the mobile phenomenon will win because when life gets more dynamic; time and convenience matters.