Looking Back: Evolution of Smartphones Since Their Inception

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Time and Tide wait for none. This statement will seem so much accurate when you look at the smartphone you might be reading this post on and remember that Nokia E7 or Motorola Q you owned. These handsets were the some of the first few devices that were tagged as smartphones. These devices had some extra connectivity features like email and wi-fi and were somewhat substitutes for a computer or laptop. The beginning if the first decade of the new millennium saw devices like Blackberry Peral and Motorola Q rock the market with their innovative full keypad systems.

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It was a time when devices Nokia Communicator and Blackberry Curve were the smartphones which only the elites could own. We were happy playing snakes in our Nokia 3310. We became elated when we received a camera-enabled Nokia 6600 or a multimedia-based Samsung Metro.

The Boom

In 2007 Apple shook the market with its iPhone. The first smartphone which had a full multi-touch capacitive screen and seamlessly integrated cellular, email and entertainment features inside a single form factor. In the very next year, HTC brought forward its ‘Dream.’ The first Android smartphone which had a full touchscreen as well as physical keyboard under the movable screen. It looked like a mash-up of iPhone and Nokia Communicator. But it was Apple who showed the world what a real smartphone looks like. People were dazzled with the iPhone, and Google wasted no time in improving its Android OS. Nokia fell behind in this quest for supremacy. They were too stubborn to rely on Google for Android and kept launching their line of Symbian based full touch smartphones like Nokia E7 and Nokia Pureview 808.

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Enter Android

By 2010 Google had polished its Android OS, and it was ready for a fight with Apple’s iOS. Nokia desperately tried to make this a triple threat match by partnering with Microsoft and employing Windows OS in its devices. Out of all the mobile OS in existence, Android found the most popular iOS following it and Windows could grab a negligible 0.5% of the market share.

Owing to the unparalleled customization features and due to the fact of being an open source OS, device manufacturers like LG, Motorola, HTC, Huawei and many others adopted Android as the OS to run their devices. Apple decided to make iOS their proprietory. The enormous possibilities of Android prompted manufacturers to start increasing screen sizes and resolutions to lure people into buying those devices. Samsung launched the Galaxy S2 with a 720p screen. HTC J Butterfly became the first device to sport a full HD 1080p screen. The screen size measure 5 inch diagonally. The first 6-inch device was arguably the Galaxy Note that was launched in 2011.


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The Future

Currently, smartphone makers are competing for further innovations. Bezel-less display with a dual camera set up is the formula every manufacturer is trying to achieve. There are further reports of fully flexible displays from some OEM manufactures. Overall, the future looks bright for smartphones and only time can tell what more we can expect from them.

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