As the smartphone market grows, there continues to be more and more things to do with your smartphone. Let’s take a look at a few that popped up recently:
Getting Health Information on Smartphones
According to healthcare experts, smartphones are playing a bigger role in healthcare, and more changes will take place when providers connect with patients using smartphones and the related mobile apps.
According to a Manhattan Research survey, the number of U.S. adults using mobile phones for health-related activities, including looking up health information, grew from 61 million in 2011 to 75 million in 2012.
Mashable estimates that there are about 40,000 mobile health apps currently available for smartphones. They range from apps that help patients access their health records electronically, log exercise time, monitor blood pressure levels, track pregnancies, and check nearby pollen levels, among other things related to healthcare information.
Exercising with your Pet
One of the top reasons people get smartphones is to keep track of things and to make phone calls. One of the top reasons people get dogs is to have a companion for exercise. Pet exercise apps can now add spice to your exercise by tracking your paths, times, distance, pace and other fitness information. There is a community aspect that also allows you to share information with friends. Most of these types of apps are free, adding to the many things you can do with your smartphone.
Thirty percent of shoppers with smartphones said they search for better deals with their smartphones…while they’re shopping!
Smartphones are now part of several facets of the shopping experience, from getting shoppers to the store and in the door, to helping consumers compare prices and check availability. Smartphones also aid shoppers in interacting with their community and other shoppers across social networks, before, during and after the sale is complete.
Mobile shopping with smartphones is truly breaking down the walls of traditional brick-and-mortar stores by giving shoppers and consumers the ability to easily find a cheaper price or alternative product in another nearby store. Smartphone applications allow consumers to scan a product’s UPC bar code resulting in a list of prices for the same item or similar item at nearby stores or even through other, alternative online retailers. Smartphones are turning traditional stores into showrooms where customers test and research, but sometimes make their purchase elsewhere.
This truly is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what can be done with a smartphone that will only fuel higher usage, more apps, more conveniences and more consumer gratification.