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To say that smart devices have become the new standard for personal technology and corporate efficiency might actually be an understatement. Everywhere we look, smart technology has become the must have for everything from streamlined communication, personal comfort, even mission critical tasks, and app developers can only move forward in creating a world that is more mobile and more functional. From children toting iPad minis and smartphones to business executives looking to apps to configure and standardize the workplace, 2013 has set itself up to not only push the limits of how we interact with mobile technology, but how mobile technology can interact with us. We can look to the major companies first, with the availability of the Microsoft Surface and the mobile usability of Windows 8, mobile technology is not just appeased but encouraged with the newest wave of personal technology. Our growing reliance on the Cloud and big data streaming has only accentuated what mobile technology can do. Apps are better looking, more versatile and make connecting with people easier and essential. A few mobile trends are beginning to become extremely visible.
To the Cloud
SD cards and internal storage are essential for personal technology, but what about cross-platform accessibility? I can remember the days when carrying a floppy disk or USB stick to school was one of the only ways to keep my data on me at all times, as I got older I started emailing things to myself, but now with apps like DropBox or my Google Drive, sharing and archiving my data is as easy as uploading a file. This same model is being applied to basically every app, from content streaming applications to niche utility apps, being able to save your data somewhere other than your device for sharing and retrieval is paramount. Apps that used to offer options for social media sharing are starting to adopt DropBox availability and drive accessibility as a basic feature for efficient apps. Access to online storage is not only making data easier to get to regardless of device, but encouraging more personal connections through networking.
From gaming scores to slideshows and notes, sharing your content with others via your mobile device is becoming the standard for workplace and social etiquette. We can first look to websites as evidence for this model of mobile trending. You cannot find an article online, at least on a site worth reading, that does not have an option for sharing a link or assorted media on basically any social networking site imaginable. Mobile sharing goes beyond social engagement. Within the health care industry, apps that keep doctors and patients communicating are helpful in guaranteeing that treatments work even after consultation. Apps like My Healthy Habits, which was developed by Indiana University, keeps patients accountable to the health resolutions they made for both themselves and those that care about them. With the ability to post status updates from the app, users can keep themselves on track while enjoying the support of those that wish to see them doing well. As mobile technology and its uses continues to multiply, configuring apps to keep everyone connected is the most important step to keeping our personal technology as efficient as it can be.
In a corporate setting in particular, apps need to be specific and efficient in bringing out the best from the workforce. Executives need apps that not only standardize their team, but allow fluid communication from the bottom up. Apps that are configured for corporate use need to be natively intuitive for multiple types of devices and be able to efficiently communicate throughout a large collection of personal smart devices to ensure that the mobile network is not only transparent, but works as it should. The workplace demands streamlined communication, specifically the accessibility to embedded analytics. On the spot reports are a luxury, and when everyone is standardized on an app, reports can be as easy as inputting data and watching it trend throughout the office. Executives looking for the quickest way to provide accurate analysis are turning to apps developed specifically to create convenient trends for essential data. Whether employees are using personal mobile smart devices or even their personal work computers, apps that mimic the office environment online are a company's best bet for efficient data management and communication. These are not social networking applications, but they sure feel like them. Applications like SharePoint or SuccessFactors are taking employee management and allocating it to the cloud. Cloud-based employee management applications are essential for consolidating all employee interaction and production into an easy to access and interact with model that is continuing to pick up speed. This slide show features four apps that embody where the app marketplace can be expected to go. SharePlus, a SharePoint client is an example of a business app that is cross-platform and extremely engaging for better collaboration and efficient file sharing. Backspaces is another interesting app. In 2012 we really saw a boom in the use of apps like Instagram and the reigning champion of social networking, Twitter. Both apps take storytelling to a new personal and extremely public level. Backspaces merges the two worlds of photo and text storytelling into an interesting combination that feels like a blog, but responds like a quicker counterpart. My Healthy Habits and GymPact takes personal care and social interaction to a whole other level. It is as if the days of going from cubicle to cubicle raising money for a marathon are completely dead, GymPact applies the Kickstarter model and applies it to your workout plan so shedding pounds is not your only motivation to get to the gym. These apps are just a few examples of where apps are going. Some are paid and others are free, but they are evidence the mobile apps are no longer meant to just improve the day-to-day tasks of using a smart device, but allow you to connect with those around you in a much more public and engaged way.
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