Video conferencing has long been acknowledged as a burgeoning communication tool in the business world. This is due in part to the fact that it’s not only become more user-friendly across different systems, but also mobile. In an age where you take your work wherever you go using a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, video conferencing technology has caught up. There’s a lot happening for Android users in particular this year, especially with Slate tallying users at around the one billion mark last year, almost twice as many as iOS users. Here are a few of the highlights.
Developing Functional Systems and Apps
If you’ve ever tried to join in on a video conference using a free app, you know that it can be glitchy, both due to issues with device and connection. Not only that, but there’s also often interference when dealing with multiple operating systems. However, Bluejeans has introduced a system specifically designed with Android users in mind that’s also compatible with any other type of device.
The service offers high-quality clarity and content sharing capabilities even over a 4G network. In fact, Android Headlines rated their app one of the best video conferencing apps this past April, praising the reliability of the connection and add-ons such as the ability to record meetings for later reference.
A Trend at Top Institutions
Video conferencing using the cloud has become popular at world renowned institutions that are pushing to have it more integrated into every day usage. For example, Computer World reports that the Harvard School of Public Health has been moving toward using video conferencing as a daily communication tool.
While there are still many conference rooms out there fitted with dedicated equipment specifically for video meetings, the industry is no longer headed in that direction. Thankfully, with the optimization of video conferencing capabilities for devices like Android smartphones, the technology has become portable and easy to use. Not only that, but the newest cloud-based systems easily connect with the older ones, allowing institutions that originally invested in that heavy equipment to continue to use their systems.
Meetings On the Go
If your job takes you outside of your office, the chances are that you rely heavily on your smartphone or tablet. Whether you need to attend an impromptu meeting on the other side of town or the other side of the world, the ability to video conference on the go can come in handy.
Setting up for a meeting is as simple as docking your smartphone and arranging the room to your liking. On the other hand, if you have a scheduled meeting but somewhere else to be, it’s just as to find a quiet place and join in on a video conference call. Smartphones have made it convenient to get through your to-do list, whether it’s checking health information, doing online banking, or joining a video meeting for business.
Compatibility Across Multiple Systems
From the smallest screen to the largest, today’s video conferencing systems adapt to any size. This also goes for different size businesses. Whether you’re an entrepreneur with a few key clients and your smartphone is akin to a central nervous system, or you’re part of a larger corporation with a team of 20 reporting to you, video conferencing can work for you anywhere on a small device.
Face to face interaction adds a whole different level of communication benefits, whether you’re speaking with individual clients or your staff. Being able to do this without needing to sit at your desk with a computer means that you can do business anytime, anywhere, regardless of whether you’re in the office. All it takes is using a video conferencing provider that offers these options.
Regardless of what equipment the recipient of your meeting is using to connect, the newest video-conferencing technology for smartphones is optimized to be compatible with any other system.
Tapping Into the Millennial Workforce
According to a Pew Research Center study from this year, two-thirds of American own smartphones, with an emphasis on younger adults being especially dependent on their devices. On top of that, 15 percent of Americans between aged 18 to 29 are heavily reliant upon smartphones at elevated levels for online access.
While once upon a time desktop computers were primarily used to surf the Internet and mobile devices served as convenient secondary access points, that’s no longer the case. This is an important factor to remember when you’re trying to engage any Millennials in candidate searches. The new workforce is used to depending on smartphones for everything from social life to business dealings.
The ability to work over mobile devices has sped up business communication to lightning speeds. Using the most cutting-edge technology is essential to keep up with the competition. With the Android system still leading as the most popular mobile device OS out there today, there’s never been a better time to hone in on setting up your Android device with video conferencing capability.