Just how much innovation and pretty much the whole tech industry have revolutionized our lives today is mindboggling. It is turning the impossible, possible, sometimes in a really unbelievable fashion!
From printing 3D homes, meeting terrifying dinosaurs in VR, and Blockchain IoT aptly fulfilling the needs of the corporate world to some other innovative forms, tech is changing the world fast. Mobile apps doing almost everything is the new buzz, coming at a time when the jostle for the first Augmented Reality headset is yet to die down.
Imagine who would have believed that you would order from Amazon and get the stuff delivered via a drone, minutes later? Or, who would have even thought that A.I, Smart Technology or machine learning would someday rule our lives? Yet, they all are.
Technology and Mobile Apps Changed the World
That a lot has happened since about a decade ago when the world witnessed the first mobile apps is a no-brainer. Today and with most of these cutting-edge technology presented as apps, we are lucky to have experienced perhaps the most earthshaking change ever.
Premium apps for social media, news, games and entertainment, shopping, communication, educational, dating, health and fitness and those of almost every other niche are available today. Basically, one can sit at home and work, buy stuff, socialize and remain fit, all without moving around. And still, as tech pundits often put in, the world hasn’t even started seeing the most of this ferocious tide yet!
But I know; it’s not easy to tell which among these millions of apps is the best or has had a greater hand on changing the world. From a recent Quora thread titled “What app changed your life” for example, the responses it garnered were quite astounding. From a mere app, some people have gone ahead to became highly sought-after programmers while others have had to quit bad lifestyle behaviors.
Wondering which ones among the sea of Android and iOS apps have transformed the earth?
1. Technology in the Educational Sector
In a niche with an estimated 500,000+ apps, there’s no doubt that technology has revamped the whole educational industry altogether. From those dedicated to researching and testing what one has learned in class to those for learning entirely, connecting students with tutors and educators, these apps are incredible.
A majority are provocative, exploratory, and open-ended, but still good enough for both the kid and the teacher. One awesome feature credited to technology about the various education apps is how they replace conventional in-school learning with a simpler way of drilling facts. Some of them include Google Classroom, Edmodo, Kahoot!, Khan Academy, Nearpod, WolframAlpha, Curious World: Play Learn Grow, EdX, MyScript Calculator 2, Socratic, Quizlet and, of course, Udemy.
2. Shopping via Mobile Apps
Shopping online is nowadays is a norm, all thanks to technology. It is an extraordinarily convenient experience whereby, sitting cozily at home or in office, you simply place an order and wait as the store gets the items delivered to you. You get to choose literally anything from the online store and relax for the package to arrive.
When it comes to shopping online via mobile apps, Amazon, eBay, Jet, RetailMeNot, Instacart and Postmates are many people’s favorites. But, ever tried ordering from those that specialize in certain types of foods, goods or services?
Well, it’s a lot cheaper and more convenient considering that it is the direct manufacturer or the restaurant you are dealing with. You mail order seafood, buy from a certified seller or pretty much deal with someone whom you can lodge your complaints with ease. Other than these apps, you can also take advantage of Google Express and Facebook Marketplace to shop at your convenience.
3. Socializing using Unique Social Apps
Today’s world feels a lot smaller than it was, all thanks to technology. With or without a social media account, you can meet and make friends with someone located thousands of miles away.
It is instant, easy and free to socialize on some of the many popular socializing apps. Forget about Facebook Messenger, Insta or WhatsApp, there’s a bigger clique of social apps out there.
Meetup is bringing together people of similar likings, while Nextdoor is conveniently uniting those who would like to know their next-door neighbor without bumping into them.
Bumble has grown to be a little bit of a dating app, but it’s equally a socializing one. Other mobile apps dedicated to social life junkies are and worth a mention are Peanut (for moms), Nearify, Meet my Dog (for dog walkers), Foursquare City Guide and MeetMe.
4. Productivity apps revolutionizing the corporate space
The world’s gone gaga with productivity, thanks to a host of productivity apps. It seems 2019 has witnessed a lot more of it and effectively made people more efficient in their roles. You will get someone’s phone having two or more productivity apps; all working to ensure the person is wholly productive.
At the moment, most of the apps under this category are made with different features, specifications and functionalities. There are those meant to improve a person’s time management skills and others made to help lead a more fulfilling lifestyle.
A majority of the over 10 million people using ToDoist app never run late, regardless of how unimportant a task is. Trello users often manage their projects without any difficulties while Slack app users easily communicate and collaborate with each other when executing a task. Other productivity apps we can’t forget are Hootsuite (business game changer), Toggl (an incredible time tracker app), Zapier, Evernote and CloudApp.
5. Technology through ridesharing concept
Even though tech was a no-stranger in this industry, the way it helped actualize the concept of ridesharing is incredible. Today, ailing a taxi is way simpler than making a call, all thanks to a host of options presented as mobile apps.
Uber, the de facto ridesharing app of choice for many, couldn’t have been born if it were not for technology. The idea behind the superior popularity of the app-based taxi and ridesharing as a whole is how transparent the pricing mechanism is. A client can conveniently check the driver’s record, estimate how much time of travel one would need, the likely cost and so forth.
Today, Uber, Lyft, Gett, Easy Taxi, Summon, Bla Bla Car and thousands of other similar app-based ridesharing companies are operating across the world. And the number is growing as the revolution continues.
6. Games on App
Remember when one of the best things with your PC was the ease of playing your favorite game on it, pretty much the same way you use your smartphone today?
Well, in 2019 and probably in the future, Android and iOS game apps will remain a trend and rightly so because of how convenient they are. But much as we should expect more tweaks and developments on the world of game apps, even what has happened today is because of revolutionary technologies.
The HD graphics of that EA Sports Games, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius and all the others is because of how much innovation they’ve undergone. All the game apps have replaced the old, boring and low-quality games. All our current favorites; the likes of Another Eden, Candy Crush, Alto’s Odyssey, the Asphalt series and the Critical Ops will definitely keep entertaining.
7. Voice Assistants, thanks to Artificial Intelligence
Apps alone aren’t responsible for the terrific technological changes witnessed in the world today. Artificial Intelligence technology is a couple of years old, yet the number of people who’ve already embraced it is amazing. The whole phenomenon isn’t a surprise, especially because, with Amazon Echo or an Apple Homepod, an ordinary home simply becomes an awesome place to be.
In four years’ time, a majority of households in America and the UK will own a Voice Assistant. Amazon, one of the pioneer companies in AI and smart technologies, is working hard to ensure everyone buys one in the future. If indeed they will replace the ordinary textual communication style, then Voice Assistants will be fantastic.
8. Robot Assistants
Efficiency and world-class productivity on an industrial scale doesn’t rely on popular productivity apps. Robot Assistants are revolutionizing the way busy, high-production industries are able to produce more, state-of-the-art products without compromising on quality. In fact, it’s just the other day that Boston Dynamics hit the headlines with their array of robots designed for factories and battlefields. But they can also serve a host of conventional applications including monitoring traffic and detecting suspicious network hacks.
9. Regenerative Medicine
Rapid technological in the medical world has been an invaluable helper. Forget about the emergence of better treatment methods, regenerative medicine is the real deal. Through this technology, doctors are now free to produce living made-to-order parts of the body.
With this tissue engineering technology, doctors can print a body part in 3D and implant it on the patient’s body. It is an idea that has truly proved to be an absolute lifesaver.
A lot is still to happen!
Even when we’ve witnessed lots of other technologies, besides the nine, there are no doubt more exciting ones are on the way. Augmented and mixed reality technology will soon be a built-in feature on all smartphones given that Apple’s latest phones now come with it. Driver-less cars from Tesla, General Motors and Volvo will soon grace our roads while cryptocurrencies and Blockchain will give the ordinary fiat currency a run.