October 30, 2013
What urban people want from their smartphones (study)
We want same-day delivery. Restaurant ingredient checkers. Virtual play connectors that join us with far-away friends in real-time games. Digital assistants who analyze our performance and give advice. And in-stock detectors that will tell us if the product we want is in the store. VentureBeat reports.
And we think our smartphones will deliver it all, within three years.
Of course, most of the elements above are already available in bits and pieces. But a new Ericsson study of 7,500 people in New York, London, Tokyo, Beijing, and Sao Paulo says that we expect them all, working together, and easily accessible, within three years.
... The study says that traffic is the number one source of dissatisfaction in cities — a full 47 percent of smartphone owners “expressed interest” in a personal navigator app that helps them find their way around, whether driving, taking transit, or walking. Apparently, despite being one of the most popular apps on the planet, there are still people who don’t know about Google Maps. Or, even though 60 percent of all phones sold last quarter were smartphones, they still don’t have a phone capable of using it.
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