Smartphones have revolutionized the way people communicate with one another. They have transformed the way people access information and are very quickly replacing computers as the most popular of all personal electronics.
The Associated Press reports that sales of smartphones were greater than personal computers for the first time ever in the last three months of 2010. With the myriad smartphone models hitting the market every day, there are an increasing amount of apps to go with them. What apps, though, are the best, most game-changing of them all?
Fast Company has compiled a list of the top 10 mobile gamechangers. These companies, according to the experts, helped fuel the surge in the popularity of smartphones by giving users a different, more personalized experience than when they use a personal computer. With the technology market red hot and the labor market slowly recovering, these places might also be the perfect spot to look for a job.
After much ado, here are the top 10 most innovative companies in mobile world.
The app allows users to "check in" to places they visit, effectively making almost any excursion a social event. It posts a user's location on Facebook and Twitter and has changed the way businesses issue coupons and promote themselves.
The online auction giant doesn't need an introduction. The company has implemented an inordinate amount of updates that have helped transform mobile shopping.
The company's apps are used by educators to encourage good health. The company's apps help people to cope with pregnancy, smoking cessation and diabetes throughout the world.
4. Skype Anyone who has traveled abroad knows how clutch Skype can be when you want to talk with your friends and family and you don't want to pay a lot of money.
The company's app gives businesses alternative options to credit card processing, letting merchants avoid the fees typically paid to banks.
The medical industry is moving to make medical records electronic and Epocrates is designed to give people access to that information – all through their smartphones.
The company gives mobile shopping a much more intuitive, enjoyable feel.
8. JPMorgan Chase
The banking giant is succeeding in the mobile world as well as on the trading floor. The second biggest bank by assets in the U.S. has successfully integrated incredibly convenient updates to its mobile banking apps. The Chase Mobile app even allows users to deposit checks by taking a picture of the front and back and the deposit is confirmed.
The company caused quite a stir amongst telecommunications providers when it started offering its prepaid 4G hot spot.
The company used Flash to create a new mobile advertising platform.