Another remarkable year has ended for mobile technology. In 2022, there were already 4.57 billion mobile phone users around the world and smartphone brands Apple and Samsung still topped the list. But as we welcome 2021, things are just about to get better for mobile technology because it is predicted that this year, mobile phone users will already surpass the five billion mark. Yes, that’s 67% of the world’s population owning a mobile phone.
So, what are mobile phone users up to this year? Here are the predictions:
Mobile phone users will spend more time using the latest iPhone 14 Pro Max.
In the United States alone, the average adult spends at least 3.3 hours on his mobile device each day. And as if that’s not enough, mobile phone users are expected to spend even more time online this year. As they slowly move away from watching television, they will use their mobile phone to keep themselves entertained during downtime—from watching YouTube videos to online shopping. And with the popularity of online betting, many avid punters will also be using their mobile phones to place and other betting websites.
Mobile gaming will continue to soar at an unprecedented rate
It’s no secret that millions of mobile phone users are hooked on mobile games like Fortnite and PUBG most popular in india, and this trend is expected to continue in 2022, especially with upcoming improvements in these games. But casual gamers are also joining in on the fun by downloading simple, less intense mobile games that they can play while on the bus or on the toilet.
In fact, it is predicted that in 2020, people will spend more than $32 billion on games, and this year, the mobile gaming market share is set to grow at a staggering 60%.
Mobile phone users will spend more on app stores
In 2016, total app store purchases reached $60 billion and in 2021, this is predicted to double at $120 billion. This is no surprise because of the fact that more smartphones are now more powerful than ever, even surpassing the capabilities of some laptops and computers. Aside from games, paid healthy and lifestyle apps are also becoming a hit among mobile phone users, especially at the start of the year when everyone is all about being healthy. Photo and video editing apps will also continue to sell well in app stores.
The Internet of Things will be an indispensable tool for living
In a study by Statista, we will be seeing at least 26.6 billion Internet of Things connected devices this year, and that’s because more people will rely on their mobile phones to help them get through daily activities. In fact, “Smart Cities” like Newcastle in Australia are now implementing the use of IoT to improve the quality of living of their community. For instance, residents can now use their mobile phones to find parking space more conveniently.
Augmented or Virtual Reality will become more popular among mobile phone users.
There was a time when AR and VR were only used mostly by gamers who are playing games and want a more immersive experience. But in 2022, the industry sold more than 24 million Virtual Reality devices around the world and its market is now worth $4 billion. This growing curiosity has also led big companies like Sony, Google, Samsung, and Facebook to adapt this technology into their own areas.
So today, the average smartphone user can already get in on the action by purchasing a Virtual Reality device. Virtual reality will also be expanding its horizons in the retail market where retailers are now able to offer a realistic experience to help buyers make wiser shopping decisions. When buying new furniture, for instance, a buyer can use his mobile phone with the VR device to not only browse through furniture pieces but also test how they will look on his house.
Video streaming will continue to be a hit and will drive content production and earn money through freelancing with the highest paying work from home jobs for parents.
With major video content providers like YouTube, Disney and Netflix releasing content that has more people hooked than on television shows, it will be no surprise that video streaming will be a hit for mobile phone users in 2019. In fact YouTube alone accounts for 80% of the total time spent by users in the top ten streaming apps in the United States, and this number is expected to grow this year.
From the latest mobile phones to the hottest game, there is definitely so much to look forward to this year in the world of smartphone technology.