In this edition of Weekend Reading, we take a look at a couple interesting posts: the increased trend of shopping with your smartphone, the idea of the “second screen,” and Canada’s fastest smartphone, the LG Optimus G. So grab a coffee, sit back and get caught up on some interesting tech news from the past week.
How shoppers use smartphones
Earlier this week, Rogers President and CEO Nadir Mohamed spoke about innovation at the Canadian Club in Montreal. One the innovations he highlighted was mobile wallet – a safe and secure platform that uses the SIM card inside your phone to safely manage all of your personal information like transit cards, credit and debit cards, loyalty or points cards and government issued ID. Cool right?
The trend toward a totally virtual wallet is already starting. In fact, recent research from emarketer noted that mobile coupon usage is skyrocketing. More people are using their smartphones to cash in on coupons and to get deals in store.
The second screen experience
Here’s another cool post you should read over your morning coffee. The Guardian published this one about the so-called “second screen experience,” or, how more and more people are using tablets and smartphones alongside TV to watch events. People are looking up actors on IMDB or, finding the music that’ splaying in an ad. They’re also chatting on Twitter and Facebook about the shows they’re watching while they watch them. As a result, broadcasters and publishers are reacting to this new way of TV watching by creating apps that help enhance the TV viewing experience. Read the full article here.
Canada’s Fastest Smartphone
Earlier this week, we announced that Canada’s fastest smartphone – the LG Optimus G – will be coming to Rogers this November. We wrote this post on it highlighting the fact that this phone, unlike other LTE phones, operates on the 2600 MHz spectrum which means it’s able to deliver higher speeds over the same distance. More speed means faster video streaming and downloading . Want to know more about this new Android smartphone? Check out this review from CNET or this post from Wired.
Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard