In today’s age of smartphones and easy-to-use mobile devices, almost everything we do happens through a neatly bundled package of code known as an ‘app’.
Apps are the cornerstone of smartphone technology. Whether you’re running Windows, Android, or iOS, applications are pretty much the backbone of every platform that brings a smartphone to life.
But perhaps the most incredible thing about smartphone apps is the fact that they can be tailored to perform any function that you’d like them to. Unlike PCs or Macs, smartphones give app developers the freedom to exploit features that only mobile devices have.
We’re talking about accelerometers, touch screens, high-resolution cameras, compasses, and geotagging. Image Credits: MariusMB
While apps that go up on Apple’s app store are reviewed by Apple before being published, those on the Android Play Store can be published by anyone, anytime, and from anywhere.
Developers have the freedom to make their apps look exactly like they want them to look, function exactly in the way they want, and charge users any amount of money that they want to charge. Reijo Pold of Telefonica UK said that, “The future of mobile is incremental innovation with a transformational impact.”
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One of the biggest ways smartphone app developers have changed our lives forever is by developing ‘lifestyle’ apps that assist us on a daily basis. They have literally eliminated the tediousness of some tasks and have simplified them to a point where your children can perform the same tasks without ever asking you for help.
Let’s take a look at how these apps have transformed our lives.
When you download a service marketplace app like UrbanClap, the first thing that hits you is the realization of how convenient it is to use such an app.
Such apps lets you find verified and experienced service providers for almost anything that you need. Be it dance instructors, guitar teachers, language experts, or even certified electricians, plumbers, health practitioners and pest control experts.
With an app like this, you’ll never have to dislocate yourself or look through the painfully tiny print of a fat phone directory to find what you’re looking for. Everything you need is literally at the tips of your fingers.
Faster, Better, Stronger
Since these apps let you connect with service providers directly, you no longer have any reason to procrastinate when it comes to getting work done.
Whether it’s home repair, picking up a new instrument, or making a fitness regime that you can stick to, you can always find someone who is ready to help you out.
You can make your life more efficient, more satisfying, and more enjoyable with a just a few taps on your phone screen.
Keeping You Safe
We keep hearing about people getting conned by service providers or worse still, having to deal with harassment and threats from people who were supposed to do work for you.
When you use an app to find services, you can see what other people have to say about a particular service provider. Users get the freedom to review and rate anyone who offers their services on the app.
More Time For Everything
The best part about lifestyle apps is the amount of time that they can free up for you to do other things.
For instance, if your kids are at home for their holidays, you don’t have to go out and waste time searching for a plumber.
So when you’re thinking of using a service, lifestyle apps like UrbanClap, can assure that you won’t get swindled or get anything less than your money’s worth. You can just sit at home and use the app to book the services of a trusted and experienced plumber, and avoid the hassles of finding a quality service.
Most lifestyle apps can be downloaded and used completely free of cost. You pay nothing to use them.
That’s right. You don’t have to pay a commission to any broker, and you don’t have to deal with any middlemen. The app directly puts you in touch with the service provider and all payments and deals are made exclusively between you and them.
There are no hidden costs, no service taxes, and no one asking you to pay for anything more than you absolutely need to. It’s like hiring a 24/7 secretary who does everything for you for free.