With the launch of the first generation of the iPhone back in 2007 the world has changed more than you can imagine. First of all, the launch has put a small computer capable of accessing the internet into the pockets of a generation, forever changing the way we communicate with each other. But it has brought more subtle changes into our lives, changes that will become even more apparent in the future.
Smartphones have changed the way we play our favorite games
The first truly successful mobile game was Snake, created by a Nokia engineer in 1997. Almost two decades later mobile gaming has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. People play everything on their phones, from racing games to Euro Palace casino games, whenever they want and wherever they might be.
In the future smartphones will become part of our gaming experience on other platforms, too. Fallout 4, a recently launched RPG/shooter title, for example, uses an in-game device called the Pip Boy to display stats, inventory and other useful information. The game was released with a companion app, available for iOS and Android, allows players to connect it with the game they have installed on their computer, and using it in a way similar with the in-game device, bringing the gaming experience one step closer to the real world.
Smartphones have changed the way we listen to music
Music streaming is an increasingly popular service – no wonder that all the big names want a slice of the cake. Services like Spotify and Deezer have been around for quite some time. This year both Apple and Google have launched their music streaming services – Apple Music and Google Music. But Google has even gone one step forward – it has launched its YouTube Music service days ago, allowing users to listen to endless streams of their favorite tunes on the go.
Why is YouTube Music special? Because it leverages Google’s access to the users’ musical tastes and preferences. Consider this: as a YouTube user, you have given Google insights into what music you like to listen to. Using this data, Google can offer you a much more personal experience through YouTube Music.
YouTube Music offers the functionality of a radio station that always plays music you like to listen to. You can even tell it either to explore into genres you haven’t really experienced before, or make it a bit more restrictive and stick to what you like. Digging deep into the breadcrumbs you left behind while searching for music on YouTube and clicking through playlists Google can offer you an unparalleled listening experience out of the box.