Applications have come an incredibly long way from the first life-changing game: Snake. That does not undermine that timeless classic, but apps have gone from simple task completion and time-killing to life-changing. Some apps transformed the world as we know it, making things that were once considered impossible possible.
The impact of apps
Think about something like Tinder, many of you have probably used this application, but dating and courting were never before an online venture. Nowadays, we usually do not know much about the possible love of our life other than their voice and the photos they have chosen to show us. With the effect of applications, the world has altered dramatically, and for the better.
Streaming content, connecting with friends, and many other tasks are now possible to complete with minimal effort.
Some apps have done a lot more in terms of changing the world. Those particular few will be the main focus here, as many of the apps changing the world currently are based on these applications in one way or another.
Facebook and the umbrella of apps it owns single-handedly have changed the way we communicate, revolutionizing the communications platform with free ways to connect with anyone anywhere in the world with just an account. Instagram and WhatsApp are Facebook’s biggest successes.
Facebook used to be excellent. There was a time when all of us wanted an account on the platform. Then our older family members joined in. A new hangout came to us in WhatsApp, which took away the need to waste money by SMSing someone. This network allows you to message anyone with a WhatsApp account. The set-up is super simple: Download the app, register your number, and people can message your number directly through WhatsApp.
Considering roughly two billion people have WhatsApp accounts with just over two billion active accounts confirmed in July, it is not an unfair assumption that you use this app or most people you know.
Instagram is basically the same format as all of the above but based around photos. Yes, you can message people on Instagram and do everything Facebook has to offer but with a lot more features around sharing your personal content—without the text-focused feeling of its counterparts.
Ultimately, getting in touch with someone on the other side of the globe has never been easier than it is today, thanks to the innovations listed here. Imagine sending chain emails to show your friends what you ate for lunch! There are now many ways to connect with people, but we could easily have been trapped in email-centered hell without these apps.
Hailing cabs down is still a thing, but nowadays, safe transport is a couple of touches away on your smartphone. Uber’s introduction was met by a lot of hate from cab companies, as they felt like Uber was coming in and stealing their business. But in reality, it was just people choosing what would be most convenient for them. If taking a train suits a person better, they will not suddenly take a taxi, so really no business was being stolen.
Uber changed the world’s way of being transported. They made it simple to request a taxi varying in quality and price with just a few swipes. Nearly a hundred million people are registered with Uber and use it to get to and from wherever they need to with the safety and convenience that sometimes other forms of public transport do not offer.
In many cases, Uber eliminates the need for having a personal vehicle because you now have access to transportation wherever you are. Usually, after requesting your lift, you will be on your way with your personal driver within a short amount of time. You also do not have to argue about taxi prices as your price is paid before riding, so it’s not going to turn into a case where you need to barter because he drove the long way and the taximeter has run up.
Music & content streaming
Many positives came with the prevalence of streaming services and online applications for content. Physical collectors are taking the most brutal hits nowadays. We can access music anywhere from our phones. You have so many choices now to stream music online, whether a free alternative like SoundCloud or a paid service like Apple Music. Either way, your listening experience has been streamlined for you.
There are far fewer physical copies of music coming out, which might shrink to none outside of special promotion releases in years to come. That is not fantastic news for those who enjoy the traditional way of collecting physical copies of the things you love. We see the same thing in gaming as a move to online-only means no use for CDs, LPs, and any other tangible formats.
Imagine being in a time where it took a cartographer to draw up a map in ink. Think back to a few years ago, where you would keep a paper map that could cover your dinner table in your car. It is insane to think how powerful an application like Google Maps is. It has given us the power to independently navigate anywhere without the need of hard to read and inconvenient paper maps.
You can simply ask Google Maps to locate the closest restaurant, petrol station, bank of choice, and really anything else, and it will automatically route you there without any hassle.
Google Maps really has benefited us all at some point or another, even if it was simply to find the fastest possible route to a friends’ house. The most significant benefit is navigating practically anyplace in the globe since you are part of the population that has access to a smartphone.
People truly underestimate how much applications like Google Maps have changed the world. How would you be able to “walk” the streets practically anywhere in the globe without really traveling there without it and its handy 3D view? Google Maps has also helped businesses become easier to find, which boosts the potential client base.