There is no arguing that mobile computing is exploding. There are new applications and devices released every day, but why? Many reasons can be put forward but they all can be categorized into one of two camps: technology advancements or human connection. Technology advancements are easy to see, small form factors, brilliant displays and ergonomic packaging. However, in my opinion the single technology that made the mobile explosion possible is the development of wide are wireless connectivity. It is the ability to have a conversation via voice or text and connect to the internet from anywhere without wires that led to the development of the smart phone and countless applications. Without this connectivity mobile devices would still be those specialized devices of the 1980’s and 1990’s being used in warehouse and retail stores to track inventory. Human connection is the other reason for mobiles mass appeal. It allows us to connect, share and learn in real time. The most downloaded and used applications contain one or more methods for connecting with others, whether it be family, friends, per groups or complete strangers. Technology will continue to change and evolve but our need to connect is eternal. While no one knows what tomorrow will bring you can be assured that mobile is here to stay.
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