An astounding 80 percent of the world’s population now has a mobile phone—and 84 percent is unwilling to go a single day without their phone. About 45 percent of Americans say they can’t go more than a few hours without checking their phones. How often do you observe people checking their phones? One in four people check their phone every 30 minutes; one in five check their phone every 10 minutes. In 2012 there were five billion mobile phones in the world—1.8 billion of these were smart phones.
Facebook now reaches 76 percent of the smartphone market, and it accounts for 23 percent of total time spent using apps each month. The next five most used applications are Google apps, and they account for 10 percent of app usage time. One of the latest smartphone trends is that things are getting less touchy but more sensitive. Gestures and other non-tap inputs are on the rise. Casting a sidelong glance, for example, can pause a video. Some apps are being developed that will switch from manual to voice to text to gesture, depending on what you are doing.
Smartphones are also becoming more flexible. These devices will be lighter, more durable, and boast bendable screens. Collecting data can create a safer and healthier global community. Kenya is using mobile data to track malaria and other illnesses. Big data also impacts our day-to-day lives. Waze, for example, is a community driven app that allows drivers to build and use live maps. Users contribute real time traffic updates and other information about locations.
To learn more about this and the future of mobility, check out the infographic below presented by ClickSoftware.