It’s not a stretch to say that nearly everyone has a mobile phone today. In the US alone, nearly two-thirds of the population, own a mobile phone going into 2015. In less than five years, this number has jumped from the only thirty-five percent that was reported in 2011. Advances in technology mean that over sixty percent of Americans alone are carrying around as much computing power as the average desktop or laptop in their pockets. So it’s no surprise that technology has shifted gears to ensure that these mobile powerhouses are being put to use not only for the consumer, but for business professionals on the go.
All Shapes and Sizes
Because devices with significant computing power now come in all shapes and sizes, software solutions have to be designed to take advantage of everything from pocket-sized powerhouse cellphones to personal laptops and business desktop computers. Scaling telecommunication apps for desktop computers was a challenge when they first hit the mainstream for personal use, but as more businesses jumped on the teleconferencing, emailing, video conferencing bandwagons, the push to develop newer, better software and hardware to make these innovations better, faster, clearer and more easily accessible also skyrocketed.
Adjusting technology for mobile devices has also become easier as the technology to make smartphones more powerful in a more compact form factor means that more consumers, both professional and personal, are adopting the devices into their lives. As more people choose to carry a smartphone, the options that the telecommunication field offers for getting and staying in touch continue to expand. Not only are voice and email communications easily made with just a few commands, but video calls, Near-Field Communications and Bluetooth offer further accessibility and accessory options to adjust the technology for nearly any user.
Office On The Go
Today, it’s not just a stereotype that business professionals need to always be connected. Time sensitive information, potentially industry shifting emergencies and partnerships that span the globe mean that in order for companies to be at the head of their industries, they must be connected when it counts, instantly. That’s where today’s mobile phones move from just another communications device to a portable all-in-one office, always connected and ready to go.
Being connected can mean the difference between staying ahead of the pack or falling behind. Swiftly changing business markets and challenging competitors mean that a momentary lapse can spell disaster when these markets are already flooded with ideas, products, services and information. As technology becomes smaller, more powerful and battery life continues to expand seemingly indefinitely, more professionals are relying on their instantly connected, easily portable cellphones to provide those connections where a computer would be inconvenient or even impossible to work with.
Mobile operating systems and applications that take advantage of telecom advances have a huge impact on how professionals connect to their work when they aren’t in an office environment and how quickly and easily they can work when not in front of a computer. Apps for video conferencing, file-sharing, collaboration and even advertisement are available by the dozens on mobile operating systems like the Android OS. These apps mimic the accessibility of larger programs meant for laptops and PCs or offer convenient access to office files, contact lists, remote office assistants on the go and more.
The promise of a cellphone is that it will be connected to the internet almost anywhere. When you add in the functionality that today’s smartphones are build with, consumers today are walking around with a promise of not just connection, but communication on a variety of levels. Sending a file by email, where once the possibility was groundbreaking, now seems inconvenient, slow and obsolete when compared to the myriad assortment of video conferencing applications and file sharing servers available on the consumer and business levels.
Being connected everywhere means that the morning commute can also be the morning meeting. Business partners in different time zones have an easier time of being connected when and where is most convenient for their professional and personal lives. Last minute offers, clarifications and meetings to finalize plans can happen whenever and wherever they need to. Business markets don’t and can’t wait for someone to be in the office in today’s age of connectedness and instant gratification, so professionals and consumers alike depend on this technology to keep up with the demand.
Mobility and the App
Operating systems like Android, with its open-source code and multitude of innovative developers have changed the way that not just mobile commuting, but telecommunications are used and accessed in profound ways. These apps have created a level of accessibility for business professionals and consumers that was previously thought impossible, and companies like BlueJeans and other telecom hosting services are developing new protocols all the time to keep telecommunications on the cutting edge of business and personal use.