A Brief History of Smartphone [infographic]
Smartphone has been becoming a part and parcel of lives of most people of these days. But very few of the smartphone users can truly make out how the evolution of this technology happened.
Product Development Technologies has come up with a neat infographic presentation to illustrate the evolution of smartphones beginning from the invention of mobile phone. It’s actually a very good demonstration of even the earliest mobile phone you can imagine.
The history of the mobile phone is both an interesting and baffling one. The earliest phones were massive pieces of machinery that steadily developed into smaller and smaller with years. The iPhone opened the floodgates by making the phone’s screen the only focus. Since that point, phones have grown in size again to accommodate larger displays.
The mobile phone revolution got its start in 1973 with Martin Cooper’s invention of the mobile phone. It was a hulking device that was able to call people and simultaneously give them a concussion if used incorrectly. Fast forward to 1983, Saved by the Bell’s Zack Morris uses the Motorola Dynatac 8000x which retailed for $4,000 and could also double as a weapon.
The first clamshell phone came to market in 1996. The Motorola StarTAC brought a smaller form factor and more space in your bag. The first Blackberry entered the fray in 1999, and the industry standard Motorola Razr stole the show in 2004.
Apple broke all the rules with the iPhone in 2007. The Android operating system for smartphones was released in 2008 with an open-source platform backed by Google and HTC Dream claims the glory to be the first phone to use Android.
It has only been recently that people have been able to read and write on the Web with their mobile devices. Now smartphone combines the functions of a personal digital assistant (PDA) and a mobile phone.
Today's models also serve as portable media players, camera phones with high-resolution touchscreens, web browsers that can access and properly display standard web pages rather than only mobile-optimized sites, GPS navigation, Wi-Fi and mobile broadband access. What else could you desire from your smartphone?
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