Mobility through the Ages

Would you have ever in a million years thought that this day would come? Well, it’s not quite the end of the world. Perhaps it is a sign that a new one is swiftly upon us. Approaching is a new age, and these are the signals that tell us that the times are certainly changing. Of course, we have gone from payphones and landlines to pagers to cellphones to smartphones to phones that are now more powerful than some computers. The trajectory of every technology is just so. That is simply the nature of the game.

What I am talking about are mobile devices. Just this past week mobile devices that can access the internet surpassed PCs in use for the first time in history. A report from comScore, an American digital analytics company, tells us that in January of 2014 American’s used smartphone and tablet apps to access the internet with more frequency than they used PCs to gain the same access. Whether or not these statistics surprise you, they truly indicate the arrival of a paradigm shift. This is the affirmation of the age of mobility. We are now deeply entrenched in a world where remote and mobile access to applications dominates the interest and convenience of consumers.

“Mobile devices accounted for 55% of Internet usage in the United States in January. Apps made up 47% of Internet traffic and 8% of traffic came from mobile browsers, according to data from comScore, cited Thursday by research firm Enders Analysis. PCs clocked in at 45%.”

 No longer can cumbersome technologies stand their ground. Perhaps another example would suffice. Worldwide shipment of PC’s fell around 10% in 2013, landing this industry in its worst ever sales decline. The signs are all around us! Investment in mobile technologies and remote access to applications are the way to go. Whoever is able to recognize and capitalize on one simple fact will have a huge advantage in the coming technological horizon—we have become a society that is addicted to mobility, forever on the go, and unable to disconnect.