It is true to say our lives have been fundamentally changed since the introduction of Apple’s first IPhone back in 2007. As the take up of that iconic device exponentially increased and rivals such as Samsung and Motorola introduced their own versions, the development of interactive apps, although not known at the time, was inevitable.
Today in 2020, we use apps without even thinking about them. Ordering food for takeaway, live betting on football matches, placing a shopping order, watching movies and TV, mobile banking and playing some of our favourite games online like snooker, Pokemon Go or Tetris for example at anytime of the day or night is now common place.
Let’s eat in
Not so long ago, perhaps no more than 4 or 5 years, eating in meant cooking a meal for the family. Nowadays, there are so many different apps such as Uber Eats, Deliveroo and Just Eat on which you can place an order for virtually any cuisine which will be delivered to your door, often in less than half an hour from order. Who needs to cook a meal when there is an app for that.
Retail businesses have really taken apps to their proverbial business heart. So much so that the rapid increase of online shopping and app usage has led to a lot of high profile high street companies that are either in trouble or have shut stores as footfalls in brick and mortar stores have fallen to all time lows, the result of pro-rata increases in online shopping.
Let’s binge watch a box set
Bones, for the uninitiated, is a TV series which ran for 12 seasons, and is a real hit across the generations. It has been a hit on TV and is still so popular that it can be streamed in many jurisdictions.
Like so many hit shows, movies, kids’ TV programs and other popular genres, streaming by way of Smartphones, pads or laptops has opened up an entirely new world of entertainment. We ca now watch our fave programs or movies on the bus, at work, in the park, travelling to work or relaxing in the bath.
Place your bets
Betting sites such as NetBet casino has apps on which you can play casino games or place bets on the outcome of sports events. The advances in hardware and software which has made the delivery of online gaming in all its guises are the backbone of the Internet. Online gaming in all its formats has been a huge business success around the world.
What does the future hold?
Mobile apps have benefitted from the rapid evolution of Smartphone technology. No longer tied down to clunky disc operated systems, apps on Smartphone’s are able to deliver real world application in a virtual setting, giving the appearance of smooth, seamless operation of anything they are designed to translate on screen.
What the future holds is anyone’s guess. Could Smartphone’s next evolutionary step be to project hologram images above the phone, giving the user a real world experience of banking, gaming or even playing a bit part in your favourite box set?
Whatever happens with apps and their development in tandem with Smartphone tech, we can safely say our lives will never be the same again.