Technology innovation has experienced a rapid boom over the last decade to the point we are exposed to new products launched on a yearly, if not on seasonal basis. With the introduction of the iPhone, the popularity of smartphones have soared, and so has the development of mobile applications. In this modern day, we have become very dependent on the apps to connect with others, and allowing apps to integrate with our lives as a result. Last year in 2017, we saw the Internet of Things being consolidated as part of our everyday lifestyle. For instance, wearables such as the Apple Watch which monitors your health, so if the heart rate is suddenly elevated when the individual is not active, the watch will monitor the rhythm which can detect an issue before it happens. In 2018, we will notice that these everyday devices will become more intelligent, and helping to improve our lifestyle. Here are some trends detailed below:
Due to the increased datafication in our everyday lives, where the average data output is estimated to be 2.5 quintillion bytes a day. It is no surprise that most physical storage in our devices will be obsolete, and shifting to cloud storage for better security and securing our data. This would be an improvement for application users, as app developers can make their apps lightweight, meaning that it would take up less memory on user’s phones. Giants such as Amazon, have taken advantage of this in their web services to allow app developers room to innovate like major corporations.
Mobile payments has undoubtedly been on the rise due to its ease of usage. Individuals are becoming busier in their lifestyles, and will find any opportunity to expose technology for their convenience. Security improvements including fingerprints and facial recognition to unlock devices can help to decrease fraud for users, which will make contactless payments safer.
It is debated that voice recognition will eventually replace our keyboards on our phones. Consequently, we may adopt more devices such as the Amazon Alexa, and smartwatches instead of phones, which can decrease the risks of repetitive strain injury. From mobile app development innovators Apadmi’s point of view:
“if a task takes three or more clicks to complete, it’s a good case for utilising voice.It eliminates all unnecessary steps before we get to the task we wanted to perform in the first place.”
This would make it easier for the individual in accomplishing their tasks with ease without changing their daily routine, hence making this easier to adopt.
Increasing advancement of AI
Everyday devices are becoming intelligent because of Artificial intelligence (AI). The more data we provide such as facial recognition, the more that it can learn about the individual which increases AI aptitude. In turn, this allows further consumer insight using the given data, which helps to find future trends in human behaviour. This would be beneficial in creating more products or system we did not know we needed, such as a chatbot to bridge to consumer and retailers in resolving an issue. This would enhance the customer’s experience by gaining the same level of customer service as in store. Other advantages of AI is detecting fraud by analysing online payment patterns, which is advantageous for mobile banking users.