A “mobile” device literally is one that you can take with you on the go, like a smart phone. Sounds simple enough right? Being part of the generation that saw everyone with a cell phone, my understanding was that the appeal of mobile devices was their ability to keep us constantly connected interpersonally. While being connected to friends, family, etc. via talk, text, etc. is great, it’s the ability to keep us connected informationally that’s really amazing.
Mobility is much bigger than just smartphones. It includes tablets, smart watches, laptops, and anything that you can take with you and connected to Wi-Fi or cellular data.
Here are a few top reasons supporting the importance of mobility or, why mobile matters:
- According to emarketer.com, in 2019, U.S. adults will spend more time using mobile devices than watching TV. This illustrates the huge shift in how Americans get their news and entertainment underscoring the growing dominance of mobility individuals’ daily lives
- Mobile devices are not simply dedicated to audio, video, email and SMS, they are increasingly becoming a key element in healthcare. According to a survey by jamf, mobile devices in healthcare makes for happier patients. The survey also found that 90 percent of healthcare professionals either are already using or are in the process of implementing a mobile device initiative to improve patient care and communications between the patient and their care team.
- Mobile technology can augment the Internet of Things (IoT). As technology evolves, its integration into our daily lives increases. The emergence of IoT devices are expanding through the Internet, supporting lifestyle conveniences by automating routine tasks. Personal use “smart” products, including watches, appliances, thermometers, security cameras, etc., are everywhere. As these devices have grown in popularity many realize how much bandwidth they take up on home Wi-Fi systems, and because many of these devices are controlled remotely via smartphone, they also use a significant amount of data. One potential solution is enabling IoT devices to be 5G compliant.
Mobile devices are not new. The technology they rely upon is constantly evolving. And that’s what makes the future exciting!