With such communication advances within the last ten years or so, it’s no surprise that convergence allows us to use our smartphones for just about anything. Gone are the days when we used our phones for texting, phone calls and that addicting game of Snake on your Nokia.
The rise of mobile phones, and smartphones in particular is constantly growing. According to Hannah Bouckley of BT, the growing rise in smartphones have caused a decrease in compact camera sales. If you read the article you’ll see there are a couple of different reasons. Firstly, convenience is one of the main reasons. It saves having to carry around extra valuables and with the quality of smartphone cameras so high, there’s no point in having both the phone and camera. Secondly, is sharing. We can use Wi-Fi or our data and photos and videos can be shared instantly. It is only the very recent compact cameras that hold the same technology to do so.
Below are the statistics for current smartphone holders in the world, and the estimated amount for the next three years:
With convergence allowing us to do so much on our smartphones, are the falling profits in compact cameras going to continue? What other factors about smartphone convergence could potentially cause problems for us? One that I have definitely thought about is the idea of being constantly at work. With the instant access to emails, documents and conference calling there is no end to the amount of hours we could be working in the future!