Bringing About Social Change With Mobile Phones

The number of mobile phone users has increased exponentially in the past few decades. It was estimated that by the end of 2011 there were around 6 billion mobile phone subscriptions in the world, which is a huge number when you consider that the population of the world in 2011 was just under 7 billion. That is not to say, however, that almost everyone in the world has a mobile phone subscription, rather, that many people will be in possession of one or more phone subscriptions. Still, it is a huge number. The majority of people in the UK will use their phone every day, either to call someone, send a message or go on the internet. For UK users the main use of a mobile phone is to keep in contact with friends and family. The mobile phone is, however, increasingly being used to improve lifestyle, healthcare, education and standard of living, both at home and around the world – particularly in developing countries.

Charities, medical organisations and individual app developers (among others) have been quick to realise the positive potential of the mobile phone. The use of different applications or ‘apps’ on mobile phones can help to improve the quality of life for many people. Visiting the ‘app store’ on your phone you may find any number of games and fun applications, but many developers are also creating apps that can help to improve the way people live their lives all around the world. Mobile phone technology brings a sense of connectivity and community that can help health, education and non-profit organisations in their projects.

It may be surprising to learn that the majority of handsets produced are still feature phones (i.e. not smartphones). Though many people in the world do have smartphones with internet connectivity and high levels of processing power, even more still use ‘candy bar’ or ‘flip’ feature phones. The previously mentioned apps are created in some instances for smartphone users but just as many are designed to work on feature phones. It has been put forward by some observers that the constraints of feature phone technology, i.e. the lack of functionality in comparison with smartphones, has spurred on creativity rather than hindered it. App creators for feature phones have to think in more creative and out-of-the-box ways to deliver results.

There are many different ways that mobile technology can be used to improve people’s lives. One of the most common areas that it is being utilised in is in the health sector. Mobile phone technology, even basic SMS capability, can make a huge difference in low income and rural areas. Many health organisations, many of which are based in African countries, are using mobile phone technology in the fight against malaria. Health care workers and volunteers that are working in remote areas can send data and reports using mobile phones. This means that central medical clinics and hospitals can have information immediately and do not have to wait for long periods of time while workers are travelling back to the clinics with their information. Read the rest of this entry »

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Features Of Android And IOS

iOS And Android are the two most popular and user-friendly operating systems that are being used for mobile devices. Both of these applications are packed with advanced features and application ecosystems.There are visible differences in Android phone and iOS. Truly speaking, it is a well considered decision to select either a tablet or Smartphone for personal use. Android is known as the most commonly used platform that is widely used by phone manufactures. Contrary to Android, iOS is specifically used by Apple devices like iPhone.

Comparison Between iOS and Android

iOS and Android have admirable features that can easily grab the attention of users to purchase these applications. With iOS, we can enjoy the delivery of newspapers, magazines, iMessages to iOS users, and get easy to read format of web pages etc. It supports Java Script and offer Siri for more coverage. Siri is capable of giving answers regarding stats, sports, movies and reviews. If you want to know about the best restaurants or open places, Siri is always ready to provide its services. iOS has offered Apple Map that can provide you the 3D view of cities, warning about accidents, traffic information, and road construction. There are some drawback of iOS and one of the basic weaknesses of this operating system is related to lower OS version. These versions are totally vulnerable and can be very easily hacked by system hackers.

Android offers unlimited features and helps its users to navigate with intuitive gestures. The ice-cream sandwich is one of the remarkable characteristic of Android phones. The readability has been improved by high resolution screen and conveys an advanced look for the user interface. The key strength of Android is multitasking attribute and supports the user to jump from one job to another with the help of system bar list. Android provides a list of rules related to system access to its users. These security locks can be adjusted at the time of the application installation. All the data on android phones can be stored in Gmail account. It is beneficial for users that they can retrieve their important contact, messages or personal information by logging in to their Gmail account. Just like iOS, Android has some pros and cons. The basic problem with this operating system is related to inefficiencies of android phone to get updates to the latest version. Read the rest of this entry »

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