A survey of Internet users has revealed that they expect to use more personalised mobile phone apps over the coming three years.
More than one in three respondents said they are looking for secure and convenient apps that react and adapt to the user’s current location.
In addition, they also expect websites to become more personalised and they believe payment methods will become quicker.
Other apps to improve their lives would be real-time online customer service, ordering products ‘on the go’ and they expect faster delivery times in the years to come.
YouTube launches app to communicate
YouTube is trialling a new smartphone app feature which enables users to discuss and share videos from the platform without using other services to connect with family and friends.
It’s only currently available to a small test group but looks set to be rolled out for use on Android phones and iPhones.
The idea is to keep users on the YouTube platform for longer without them resorting to copying and pasting links into tweets and Facebook messages.
Also, by keeping people using YouTube for longer means they will be able to show more adverts to the site’s one billion regular users.
Phone app to repair potholes
A new mobile app to repair potholes has been trialled.
Entitled ‘Changify’ the idea is for users to photograph a pothole and send it to the private contractor responsible for fixing it and bypassing the local authority’s complaints procedure.
The app has been a success in Plymouth and those behind it say the technology will help better manage our cities.
The apps users can also report where litter is building up and roadworks where no work appears to be done.
Fire hit residents get app
The residents of Fort McMurray where a huge wildfire ravaged most of the city have access to a new smartphone app which enables them to look at the condition of their property.
Launched by the provincial government of Alberta, the app provides satellite overviews of those areas devastated by the wildfire which forced 80,000 people to flee their homes. More than 2,400 buildings were destroyed.
App to find missing children
Police in China have launched a mobile phone app to help encourage people to report where missing children are being held.
Users of the app will receive updates when a child disappears with their details and a description as the police work to encourage the help in fighting child traffickers, which is a growing problem in China.
In other mobile phone app news…
Google says its ‘Project Tango’ will encourage developers to create mobile phone apps that utilise indoor 3-D mapping. The firm says it sees applications ranging from virtual reality to advertising.
Microsoft has announced that users of some Windows 10 mobile phones will soon be able to use a fingerprint scanner.
WhatsApp has launched a desktop app that will link with a user’s mobile app as it looks to expand beyond web-based and mobile platforms. The new app will run on Windows and Mac OS and will, the firm says, offer a new way to stay in touch anywhere and anytime.