Most people do not realize how fast mobile cell phone technology is moving today, it seems to be exponentially increasing. As we study all the new applications and features along with all the new devices, we see that there is no stopping these advances. The question is; are you in or out? Will you embrace these new technologies and applications or fear them. Are you sure you trust these innovations? What about privacy, hacking, what about the future?
To quickly illustrate just how fast things are moving in the smart phone space, let me give you a few examples. These are up to date, as in this week; personal tech articles in the smart cell phone industry. The first article I found in Boston.com, an article titled: “Check this out: Deposit money by taking a photo,” By Andrew Vanacore – AP Business Writer / February 23, 2010. In the article the writer states:
“In the near future, you might not even have to visit a bank or an ATM to deposit a check. You’ll simply snap a couple of photos of it with your cell phone. Applications to do just that are already available for Apple’s iPhone and other gadgets from USAA, a company that provides insurance and banking mainly for military veterans.”
He goes onto explain in this personal mobile smart cell phone tech piece that banks such as Chase, B of A, and Citibank appear to be all in with this technology suggest the article’s author, and they will introduce this technology in 2010. The concept is called “remote depositing capturing,” and where as this seems to be great technology and a user friendly concept, we must also recall the target that mobile users have become from hackers, especially as we learn of the release of secret codes used to encrypt such devices.
Scary stuff, for those using such applications, but indeed, it would sure make electronic wired deposits easy wouldn’t it? Of course, if cell phone banking bothers you, perhaps we should suggest window shopping in real time via your cell phone? No sense in shopping tell you drop anymore, just walk by the window, even if the store is closed and press buy, and it’s yours, and will be sent to your home. Online shopping while window shopping.
A recent article in the New York Times explains it all. The title of the article; “Cellphones Let Shoppers Point, Click and Purchase” By Stephanie Rosenbloom – Published: February 26, 2010. The author explains how shoppers can use their cell phone to order from the window of a retail store, and buy online simply by pointing at the item in the window; wow, now that’s cool.
Wow, what a concept, all this via your smart phone technology. And this is something that will definitely be a hit with shoppers and cell phone users. Okay, so what about Skype smart phone calls? Yes, that too is available now; In TopNews online of India and article titled; “Samsung embeds Skype” which was submitted by Jimmy Peterson on Sat, 02/27/2010 – 12:25 explains it all. The article researched the impressive growth of Skype usage features in various smart phone devices, as if it could become the international standard for all cellphones in the future. Panasonic and LG are already offering this, and it is a big hit in the EU and Asia markets.
As fast as one company introduces a new feature, all the others seem to follow. Just because Apple or Google has a new application, does not mean the industry will not make that a standard feature on all smart phones, just like digital camera, video clips, etc. Sure the technologies or applications might work slightly differently due to patents, software, device hardware, but essentially all companies will offer all applications eventually.
The competitive nature of the industry is heating up as 100s of millions of Chinese, Indians, South East Asians, Africans, and South Americans are getting their first mobile devices, face it, it’s a mobile wired world. In fact, in a recent article in MB Manila Publishing Company’s online version; “Report: Global phone sales grow 8% in Q4,” By Melvin G. Calimag on February 27, 2010, 2:19pm explained how smart phone sales are hitting record numbers in 2009 up nearly 25% and could double in 2010.
Indeed, I’d say this is an exciting time in the mobile smart personal tech sector, perhaps, you’d like to upgrade, and get on board and enjoy some of the incredible applications which are being announced monthly, even weekly in some cases. Why not consider upgrading your cell smart phone device and signing up for a new cell calling plan? Please consider all this, because our Online Think Tank is.