The Wonderful History of Smartphones
The smartphone’s history can be traced back to a year ago, as an Italian company came out with the first smartphone, the Sony Ericsson. At that time it was a revolutionary phone, being the first phone to include Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi capabilities. It would connect to the internet via a micro USB port, allowing for access to Google Maps, email, text and a host of other data.
Fast forward to today, smartphones have reached dizzying heights. There are so many different handsets out there, with manufacturers such as Samsung, Apple and HTC all attempting to dominate the market with their own offering. Android phones are the runaway leaders, with over 60 percent market share. Apple and HTC follow close behind, each with around 20 percent. With the trend continuing, it is not surprising that users would wonder if the smartphone could be traced back to its humble roots, before smartphones were ever produced.
The smartphone, in its most basic form, is just a mobile phone. As such, the operating system and apps are extremely versatile and can be adapted to suit any user’s need. The smartphone was developed by Apple for use on the Mac, hence its name, but can also run on Windows Phones. As well as being able to use regular apps, the iPhone has a specialized app store, where third party applications can be installed. These third party apps can be used to extend the functionality of iPhones, allowing it to serve as a browser, a calendar and even a camera.
The smartphone is no longer solely a media device. With the prevalence of apps that allow access to the internet, social networking has become viable with the smartphone. People can now upload pictures, share videos and text with their friends. As well as enabling people to stay connected, the smartphone provides the means for them to research and gather data in one place. This is the essence of the smartphone history, and its future.
As the world becomes increasingly connected, so does the need for wireless connectivity. Wireless networks are constantly expanding, and the days when users have to carry a huge, bulky laptop computer are long gone. Smartphones are ideal for this because they have a small form factor and a very small screen. With the smartphone, the user never needs to worry about lugging around a heavy machine, which is especially useful for students. The availability of cheap, unlocked smartphones in various price ranges has made these handsets all the more popular with the masses.
What lies ahead for the smartphone is an exciting and uncertain journey. It has become all the more convenient to surf the internet, stay connected and keep in touch with friends and family. However, as always, it is users who determine how far the smartphone will go. Only time will tell whether this remarkable phone will end up being a curiosity or a household name.