The first ever analogue handset was launched by the Motorola in 1973 and since then the consumer desire and passion driven by electronic evolutions has made it possible the way we see today’s mobile world.
In-Stat, a global research and analysis firm says:
“Component Prices of smartphones dramatically dropped in 2010.It predicts that by 2015, Android will ship around 339 million Smartphones under $150.”
I take you through a short history of How Our mobile technology is catering to the consumer’s need and getting smarter with each passing day.
The world’s first smartphone with on-screen Qwerty keyboard, launched in 1993. It combined the features of a phone, a pager, a PDA and a FAX Machine. It had calendar, address book, games, e-mail, note pad and world clock all at one place. In addition to this it had an optional PCMCI memory card.
3 years later in 1996, Nokia launched a Smartphone with full Qwerty keyboard. It ran on GEOS V3.0 OS and allowed text based web browsing. It followed Nokia 9110 and 9110i.
A year later Ericsson launched a Communicator like Handset, for which Ericsson’s name has been engraved in the list of Smartphone Company’s.
World’s first phone with camera came into existence all credit goes to Japanese company named Kyrocera. It was meant for face to face communication, so lens was in the front of the camera.
First phone to be loaded with Symbian was Ericsson’s R380, whose Hardware portrayal has nothing much to talk about. The operating system, supposed to rule the smartphone world, but yet to catch the pace as was expected. Added features were: compact and small design.
In-built Bluetooth came into reality with Ericsson T36 and every smartphone worth that amount has to have one.
Research in motion finally gets it right. Two way pagers give way to a convergent device with the most important Push mail feature. All your office communication are just a click away.
A linux based Operating System came into existence with Google’s acquisition. It was an Open source and eventually powered Samsung, Motorola and other Brands. It posed stiff challenge to its arch rival Apple’s iOS.
First multi touch smartphone, which was a dream come true for Steve Jobs. Sleek and Slim design with a single home button and full touch changed the era of smartphone altogether.
And phones changed forever. Third party apps make smartphone more multipurpose than ever before. Apple launched Software development kits to help developers insert free and paid applications on iOS.
Nokia and Microsoft’s Windows association produces the first smartphone: Nokia Lumia 710 and Nokia Lumia 800 powered by Windows phone OS. But, sadly it failed to become a game changer in the smartphone industry.