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Here Are The Ways In Which Technology Has Improved Travelling

Here are 5 ways through which technology has made travelling convenient and easy for all the travellers

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Travelling used to be a time-consuming and often arduous experience but now technology has solved all problems. Pixabay

 Planes are zipping overhead, and cars are busily moving about; everyone’s going somewhere, and they want to get there fast. Travelling used to be a time-consuming and often arduous experience, but the global travel industry has changed a lot in the last 20 years. Some things, like crying children on a plane, might never go away, but other things have evolved in leaps and bounds. Here are the biggest ways in which technology has changed the way people around the world travel today.

Technology Has Become Synonymous With Travel

According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), there were 1.4bn international travelers jet setting around the globe in 2018. And that number keeps steadily increasing year by year. Not only has technology made it easier for people to travel the world, but it’s also resulted in tech-savvy travelers, who are now more dependant on convenient tech for a seamless travel experience than ever before. 

Whether a person travels for pleasure or business, technology has become an intrinsic part of how they plan and book their trip. Most people also never travel without digital tools at their side. These smart devices get whipped out whenever they want information, to book an activity, pay a bill, or simply pass the time. 

And both travel agents and app designers have jumped through hoops to make that experience as seamless and tailored as possible. Because the most in-demand platforms are those that can cater to the personal needs of the individual – whether with content or services.

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Whether a person travels for pleasure or business, technology has become an intrinsic part of how they plan and book their trip. Pixabay

5 Ways In Which Technology Changes The Way People Travel

1. Tech Has Changed the Way People Plan and Pack for a Trip

One of the core goals of technology is to make life easier for people and to squeeze a lot of convenience into one package. This is just as true when it comes to planning and packing for a trip. There is a slew of apps and tools out there that help people reduce the time it takes for them to prepare. 

From suitcase packing apps that take activities and the weather into account to streamlined devices like Kindles that take up almost no space. Then there are also compression bags that can easily shrink down the space clothes will take up in a suitcase. Apps and tools like these have taken the guesswork out of packing. 

Before a person can start packing for their trip, though, they have to plan it first. Again, this whole process is easier thanks to online travel sites, blogs, planners, and apps that do the hard work for them. Technology is becoming increasingly adept at catering to people’s needs at a personalized level.

2. Roaming Around a Foreign Country is Simplicity Itself

Gone are the days of flipping through a thick phrasebook just to understand the words on a sign or to get directions from a local. Apps like Google Translate have simplified this whole process into recording sounds, typing words into a textbox, or taking a picture. All of this is done in real-time, resulting in instant information at people’s fingertips. 

Besides instant translation, there are also language learning apps like Rosetta Stone and Duolingo that make learning a new language much easier. 

3. Chatbots are Becoming the Norm

Customer service is always top of mind in the hospitality industry, and with that comes a lot of work dealing with queries and complaints. Hotel managers, travel agents, and airlines can’t always keep up with the sheer volume of inquiries they get. And certainly not at every hour of the day. Pair that with the fact that personalized customer experiences are veering into the realm of instant messaging apps and direct messages. 

Chatbots have emerged out of all of this to cope with this growing demand for personal attention. These are often AI-driven to deal with frequently asked questions but can be manually answered too. 

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Technology has made it easy to navigate to places. Pixabay

4. Travelling is Cheaper Thanks to Tech

Airlines now make use of newsletters and online sales to attract new business, allowing people to compare prices and find good deals easily. People used to be at the mercy of travel agents and booking sites too. But now they send their connection through a VPN server first to avoid location-based price hikes and paying more based on their search history.

5. Traveling Has Become More Eco-Friendly

On the Eco-Friendly side, there’s the paperless movement, which is not only more convenient but also reduces waste by a lot. Travel agencies and hotels now use online forms, and airlines use online booking and digital boarding passes. There’s no need to print a single thing. Plus, online payments via smartphones have done away with physical money – and it’s safer to boot.

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In Summary

The world is becoming increasingly smaller and smaller, thanks to an abundance of tech that keeps evolving. No one knows what the future of travel will look like – it might not be flying cars or teleportation, but it sure will be fast and convenient. 

 

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India Becomes the Second Largest Smartphone Market After China: Report

India surpasses US to become 2nd largest smartphone market

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The Indian smartphone market surpassed the US for the first time on an annual level. Pixabay

New Delhi: Riding on Chinese brands, the India smartphone market surpassed the US for the first time on an annual level and this is the latest science and technology news, becoming the second-largest smartphone market after China globally — reaching 158 million shipments in the calender year 2019 with 7 per cent (YoY) growth, a report from Counterpoint Research said on Friday.

While Xiaomi continued to be the top player with 28 per cent market share in the calendar year 2019, Samsung was second with 21 per cent and Vivo at 16 per cent market share, said Counterpoint’s ‘Market Monitor’ service.

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India has now become the second-largest smartphone market after China globally. Pixabay

“Although the rate of growth for smartphone market hit single digit for the first time ever on an annual basis, India is underpenetrated relative to many other markets with 4G penetration in terms of subscribers being around 55 per cent,” said Tarun Pathak, Associate Director, Counterpoint.

“Chinese brands share hit a record 72 per cent for the year 2019 as compared to 60 per cent share a year ago.

“This year, we have seen all major Chinese players expanding their footprint in offline and online channels to gain market share. For instance, Xiaomi, realme, and OnePlus have increased their offline points of sale while brands like Vivo have expanded their online reach with Z and U series,” said Anshika Jain, Research Analyst at Counterpoint.

Over the past four years, Xiaomi, Vivo, and OnePlus have grown 15 times, 24 times and 18 per cent, respectively.

“This highlights that OEMs are mature enough to capture next wave of growth and expand their operations in India,” Jain added.

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Although the rate of growth for smartphone market hit single digit for the first time ever on an annual basis, India is underpenetrated relative to many other markets with 4G penetration in terms of subscribers being around 55 per cent. Pixabay

Samsung shipments remained almost flat (YoY) while it has shown a 5 per cent (YoY) decline in 2019.

“This is for the first time Samsung transitioned to a completely new portfolio targeting different channels (offline with A series and online with M series). However, it needs to double down its efforts to keep the momentum going,” the report noted.

While the smartphone market registered YoY growth, the feature phone market witnessed a steep decline of nearly 42 per cent YoY in 2019 and 38 per cent (YoY) in Q4 2019.

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“This is due to slowdown in the new shipments from Reliance Jio. However, the players such as itel, Lava, Nokia and Micromax registered positive annual
growth despite the overall segment declined showing the untapped potential of the market,” said the report.

In fact, itel emerged as the number one feature phone brand in Q4 2019, followed by Samsung and Lava. (IANS)