WHAT IS A SMARTPHONE?<br />A smartphone is a device that lets you make telephone calls, but also adds features that you might find on a personal digital assistant or a computer. A smartphone also offers the ability to send and receive e-mail and edit Office documents, for example.<br />
PRODUCTIVITY<br />Rapid increase of mobile usage has given us a productivity boost compared to the days when phones were a privilege and it took months to acquire phone services.<br />However, today it is likely that we have eked out the majority of the improvements possible, and now seeing the downside: productivity losses that are occuring due to bad cellphone habits.<br />
COMMUNICATION IN WORKPLACE<br />Companies can now handle business applications using mobile devices of different vendors.<br />Entire business communications like for example CRM(customer relationship management) can be used with the smartphones.<br />Guarantee a high confidentiality of data transferred data.<br />Access to complex business applications and company information at any time and independent from the location.<br />
COMMUNICATION IN WORKPLACE<br />History of customer contacts, price lists and information on products can be accessed at an outside the office meeting with clients.<br />However, not all unified communication funtions are supported by every smartphone provider.<br />Calls can be initiated via the smartphone and can be made via the company network(via fixed-line phone network).<br />Company database can be accessed anywhere and everywhere.<br />
SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT<br />Smartphones have become a very essential economic tool for communication between friends and family.<br />Instant messaging with the same smart phones.<br />Video calling<br />Smartphones have actually brought families that are far apart closer together.<br />
EDUCATION<br />Permanent access to some virtual textbooks because teachers thought it less expensive to read a freeware book or courses or internet than to pay for buying or copying them on Xerox.<br />Parents can access a database with their children’s marks and presences.<br />Interactive courses. Instead of handouts with lots of writing, videos and images can be used and shared with other students online.<br />
EDUCATION<br />Online classes, online courses and online attendance can be done using your smartphone.<br />Class notifications and notes can also be accessed on the smartphone.<br />Over 3,400 education applications available to download on iTune store.<br />
STATISTICS<br />31% of mobile phone owners have a smartphone as of December 2010.<br />Smartphones accounted for 297million(19%) of the 1.6billion mobile phones sold in 2010. 72,1% more than 2009.<br />Expected growth of 95million in 2011.<br />
MARKETSHARE STATS…<br /><ul><li>2010 in the USA, RIM had 31,6% share of the smartphone ownership market, followed by Android(28.7%) and Apple (25%).
The top five smartphone manufacturers by marketshare for 2010 was, NOKIA, Apple, RIM, Samsung and HTC.</li></li></ul><li>OPERATINGSHARESTATS..<br /><ul><li>Symbian dominated the operating systems share.
Sales of smartphones(android), jumped almost 900% compared to 2009 in 2010.
December 2010, RIM, iPhone and Android(27-28%) installed base of smartphone users.</li></li></ul><li>RESEARCH<br />HOW DO SMARTPHONES AFFECT BUSINESS(Ring Central)?<br />Smartphones have intimate relationships tied(40%) for being the number one thing respondents cannot live without.<br />Majority(79%) of the respondents cite the smartphones as the phone they used the most to conduct business, as compared to an office phone or home phone.<br />Smartphones are encrouching on computers as well, with 34% of respondents using the smartphones more than the computer for business.<br />
CONCLUSION<br />Smartphones have affected people’s everyday lives as noted above, with most of the effects being positive.<br />There are negative effects of smartphones which include addictions, health problems only to mention a few.<br />However, the negative effects are outweighed by the positive effects.<br />
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