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Changing Our World on a 5" Screen

Katie Richard on

In January 2007, our world changed.

Our breakfast routine changed, the way we drove changed, our social interactions changed.

The change didn’t happen over night but progressively and slowly entered nearly every aspect of our lives.

What is it that changed us?

Smartphones.

We can easily grasp the impact of smartphones in our personal lives. You call your grandma on Facetime and you use Cortana to find the best sushi restaurant near your house.

But with the access to smartphones and trends in web development and design pushing for mobile first methodology the way individuals, the public and private sectors is changing.

Cost and Accessibility

In a recent study by e-marketer they suggested that 2015 will have over 1.91 billion globally, and 2016 is forecasted to have an increased user base of another 12.6% to near 2.16 billion.

Access to smartphones is becoming easier as the prices decrease year over year. The Telegraph released that manufacturers are “stuck in a race to the bottom when it comes to price.” It is expected that the average price of smartphones will decrease to $102 by 2018.

Syrian Refugees using Smartphones on their Journey

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The CIA World Factbook has a list ranking the number of mobile phones by country. You can check where your country ranks here

The development community has recognized the capacity of mobile for development. Companies and Governments are building applications to target this and civic hacking is helping bring data closer to decision makers and communities.

Mobile for Development

As the access to mobile technologies expands year over year, innovation will drive research in to new mobile development fields and ways to reach out to low-resource communities