This year marked the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone. In just a decade, Apple has helped to change the way we do everything from socializing to calling a cab. The widespread adoption of mobile technology has been spurred on by the arrival of apps that help to make everyday life easier and more entertaining. Mobile technology has helped to disrupt more than a few industries over the years, and this seismic shift doesn’t look set to slow down anytime soon. With the end of 2017 fast approaching, it’s time to start looking to the year ahead to see what mobile technology is set to transform the landscape.
When you phone gives those subtle little vibrations to confirm you’ve completed an action, this is known to developers as haptic feedback. Haptic feedback is set to get more complex in 2018 as developers take advantage of the sensors required to make this possible getting smaller and smaller. This means that your mobile devices are set to get more intuitive and you’ll be able to take advantage of more advanced navigation.
Mobile technology is set to expand to include a lot more smart home devices in 2018. This will include home help devices like Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home. Leading app developers Apadmi recently held a skills workshop for developers, further highlighting the importance of voice recognition for app developers in 2018. According to Apadmi: “ voice recognition technology is more than a gimmick – it replicates a natural human action, opening up entirely new avenues for how we interact with technology.” Exciting stuff!
Working hand-in-hand with voice recognition, artificial intelligence has uses across a range of industries and for commercial and consumer applications. For consumers, we can expect that 2018 will be the year we start automating a lot more processes. For example, artificial intelligence has been used by mobile banking apps to help consumers take control of their spending and identify their weaknesses and opportunities for savings. If you knew you spent in excess of £100 a month on gourmet coffee, you’d probably be driven to cut back!
Contactless payments with credit and debit cards really took off in 2017, but 2018 will be the year we switch to mobile payments for nearly everything. Given the increased security that a mobile device can offer, it makes sense to head in this direction. Before long, you’ll only need your keys and phone when you leave the house and wallets might soon become a thing of the past.