The alarm sounds, we open our eyes. And the first gesture of the day is to turn towards smartphone to turn off the alarm or see what time it is. The phone is the first thing we use in the morning and we will not separate from it until we go to bed, many hours later. In a few years, this mobile device has become an essential element in our lives and forecasts indicate that its use will continue to grow in the future.
The consultant IDC Research estimates that, by 2023, 1,520 million mobile phones will be reached, with an average annual growth rate of 1.6% in the 2018-2023 period. 5G technology will play a key role in the short and medium term, since within four years it will account for 26.3% of total sales. And that will imply a profound and radical change in all areas of our daily activity, because its possibilities are extraordinary.
But let’s not anticipate what is to come and go little by little. Today, 80% of the world’s population has a mobile phone, and more than a billion units are smartphones. Currently, we check our phones an average of 150 times a day and nine out of ten people are unable to separate more than a meter away from their device.
What do we use it for? For almost everything: to listen to music, catch up with newspapers, photograph and record videos (does anyone remember the cameras?), Check the weather, play video games, search for traffic information, locate directions on maps, plan a trip, manage our daily agenda, communicate through social networks, read and send emails, watch TV, do all kinds of work (banking and administrative, among others), buy, work … The list is undeniable, what which shows that today the phone, beyond its traditional use, serves almost everything. It is a tool that makes life easier for us and brings people closer than ever.
Thanks to the technological advances that are yet to come, many of them associated with 5G technology, its possibilities will multiply in the coming years. Aspects related to augmented reality and virtual reality will be part of our day to day. All this will be possible thanks to the higher speed, the lower latency and the greater capacity that 5G implies and that will develop the Internet of Things (IoG, for its acronym in English) to unsuspected limits.
Fill the fridge or supply medicines
The IoG It will allow an ultraconnected world in which autonomous driving, remote surgery and telemedicine, immersive games, automation of industrial processes will be deployed … Today all this sounds like science fiction, but it will be a reality in a very short time. Thanks to the placement of sensors in our homes we can know through our mobile, for example, if the temperature in our house is cold, and connect the heating through the smartphone. Or we will know if our refrigerator is running empty and certain foods need to be replenished. We will even have sensors in our own body that will inform us in real time of possible health problems.
In some ways, this is what happens with smart watches: they measure the hours of sleep, rest times, the frequency with which we drink water, the exercise we carry out … If we make responsible use, smartwatches They help improve our daily habits. Exactly the same will happen with mobiles, which will be even more integrated in almost unsuspected areas of our lives. They will be able, for example, to detect spoiled food or to supply medicines. To some extent, technological advances will turn the smartphone in one more appendix of our body.
With just one click, we will manage our medical consultations, we will know what exercise we should do and how long. We will control our own well-being but we will also know in a matter of seconds what are the traffic jams in the city and what alternative of transportation is better to get around. The same will happen (it already happens) in the field of our economy: through the mobile we have control of our bank accounts, we can make the negotiations immediately, quickly and conveniently; It is possible to pay or buy directly with the terminal any product and that the movement appears immediately on our screen …
‘CaixaBank Sign’: operations without codes
This trend is already unstoppable. CaixaBank, for example, exceeds one million customers who sign their digital banking operations with their mobile through the application CaixaBank Sign, no need to enter codes. It is the only mobile app specific to these characteristics of the entire Spanish financial system. A tool that improves the customer experience and gives users greater confidence when carrying out their online operations.
In short, a gigantic universe of possibilities that help us to better manage our life, our health and our time. In short, to live better.