Are you the person who’s always playing catch up with new technology? Do you find yourself buying new devices and downloading apps long after your friends have already been using them?
This year, it’s time to upgrade your understanding of technology!
There’s no limit to everything you can accomplish and learn with the right tools. Innovative apps are waiting to teach you everything from new languages to healthier habits.
But, you can’t fully enjoy these things until you grasp the big picture. First, you need to learn about mobile technology trends, so that you can keep up with the latest innovations.
Here are 8 mobile trends you can expect to see a lot of in 2019.
1. Mobile Banking
There’s a good chance you already have your bank’s app on your phone. But, do you have a personal finance app to make investments with while on the go? Have you downloaded a personal budget tool or an expense tracker?
These are the tools you need to better make use of the funds you have in your bank. They make budgeting, saving, and investing extremely simple to understand. Such innovations turn complex, intimidating financial topics into accessible money moves for you to make.
2. Voice Search and Integrated AI
It’s one thing to turn a complex matter into a simple task, but it’s also worth making everyday habits even easier if you can. This is why more and more app developers are putting an emphasis on voice search.
You need to start taking advantage of this amazing function. Voice search allows you to do things on the go without having to stop everything else just to type something into your phone. It makes it easy to search for information while you’re driving, walking around, or just hanging out on the couch.
Wherever you are, you can enjoy a better mobile experience when you use voice search. Don’t be surprised if you start to see more chatbots and other forms of AI pop up, either!
3. Virtual Reality Meets Smartphones
Most people think virtual reality is something only wealthy individuals can enjoy. But, that’s not true!
Those who are tech savvy understand how accessible VR really is. They know which apps are compatible with VR and what tools they need to create a virtual reality experience in their own home.
Keep this in mind as you learn more and more about upcoming mobile tools. A mobile-friendly VR set would make a great present for a loved one, and it can be a nice addition to your home as well.
4. 3D Printing
As if bringing VR into your home isn’t cool enough, imagine all the things you could create with 3D printing. This is another technological innovation that has many misconceptions associated with it. It’s not something only a select few enjoy; it’s a tool that’s just as available to you and yours as it is to the rich and famous.
All you have to do is know where to look.
Explore the various 3D mobile printing options available to you before you make a decision. Some will be more cost-effective than others, and their capabilities will widely range, too. Still, it’s a technology niche worth exploring if you’re interested.
5. On Demand App Services
By now, you probably know about on-demand services like Uber and Instacart. But, you can expect to see a plethora of on-demand apps pop up in 2019!
Ride-sharing and food delivery services are just the beginning. There are already on-demand services out there that allow you to trade things you don’t need for items your home is missing. There are apps that can offer on-demand solutions for the errands you need to run and the last-minute hotel room you need to book, too.
6. 5G Devices
4G has become a common term that’s thrown around these days. It’s the type of network most mobile devices have been running on since 2010.
But, it’s already on the verge of replacement! As fast as 4G is, many mobile devices still experience a lag when trying to connect to popular websites and applications.
5G aims to offset some of that by creating a faster, more reliable connection. It’s the fastest cell phone network we’ve seen so far. Be sure to keep an eye out for it as cell phone providers start introducing it in 2019.
7. The Internet of Things
The ‘Internet of Things’ has been around for quite some time, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. On the contrary, you can expect to notice it even more in your own life this year.
The term refers to the interconnected age in which we live. When you get an email on your laptop, start writing out your response, then finish it from your phone, you’re using the internet of things. When you’re changing the temperature of your HVAC from your phone or using your watch to check your texts you’re using the internet of things.
Wearables and smart home devices are only the beginning. You can expect to see more and more of a connection between devices as new innovations roll out this year.
8. Smart Spaces
The best way to think of a smart space is when you can see how connected the internet of things really is. It’s a physical representation of the impact technology has on our lives.
When you go to a coffee shop in which many people are connected to the wifi and there are mobile payment tools and automated systems in place, you’re in a smart space. When you visit someone’s home and they have an open layout with many gadgets and devices, you’re in a smart space.
The definition of smart spaces is so open-ended that it can be hard to tell what counts as one and what doesn’t. But, there’s no question that 2019 will bring a rise in how common these spaces are.
Staying Ahead of Mobile Technology Trends
Here’s an interesting thing to think about: many of the mobile technology trends listed above can be utilized together.
It’s quite possible for a new cell phone that runs on 5G to create an amazing 3D printing or VR experience. It’s easy to see the connection between the internet of things and the rise of on-demand apps, too.
But, this is also part of the reason why it can be hard to stay ahead of mobile tech trends. We live in an ever-changing world, and new technology often makes the changes we experience happen very quickly. As such, the best thing to do is focus on one or two aspects of tech rather than trying to become a tech-savvy individual overnight.
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