The Future of Mobile Devices.
A paper submitted to Webber International University in partial fulfillment
for English 111-3
April 25, 2011
Dr. Pat Nickell
Word Count: 603
In the past recent years, the cellphone has made more advances than any other consumer product. Cellphones are now becoming a household need and it slowly replacing the house phone. Becoming smaller and cheaper in the process.
Here’s a brief history of cellphones. Cellphones aren’t a completely new concept of technology. It is an extension of the mobile radio telephone that was invented in the 1940s. Motorola paved the way for mobile telephony with their first mobile device. Called the SCR-300, this device was a primitive two-way radio, also known as a walkie-talkie. The SCR-300 was quite large and required to be toted backpacked. The SCR-300 was used highly praised and used by the US ...view middle of the document...
When cellular technologies took off and the first cellphone was commercially available, they both were primitive by allowing only calls. Later in the 90’s the networks were updated to allow texting and picture messaging. The technology didn’t change until the 21st century where more features were added.
In the 21st century the feature list jumped up significantly. What was once a device intended for mobile calling is now our portable multimedia players for music and videos; guides us from place to place as personal GPS units; entertains us with mobile games; is our personal email devices; allows web surfing from the couch; and even have productive suites to allow creating word and spreadsheet processors. Simply put, today’s phones are mobile computers. The list will continue to grow exponentially because of support from developers dedicated to the mobile platform. Developers are creating applications to find more uses for cellular phones, such as use inside the hospital for database entry or for warehousing for scanning barcodes and serial numbers.
I think the biggest reason for those advancements is the competition between manufacturers. There are over 20 companies that distribute to the US, each with decent number of models. To differentiate themselves from other manufacturers each company not only drop prices, but add the next key feature to separate against the competition. Apple’s phones include their prestigious application store. LG now includes DNLA with their flagship phones, which is a technology that wirelessly streams music and video to your TV. Samsung includes SAMOLED, screens with their flagship devices, which gives the precise color accuracy, allows deeper blacks, and gives better battery life than other devices. HTC creates custom, eye-catching user interfaces, skins, and includes software functions to make their phones more appealing to the consumer.
I believe cellphones will continue to grow. The cheap pricing and availability make it easier for the consumer to get their hands on a phone. The market is already overrun by cellphones, the only other market to reach out to is countries with lower economies, and I don’t think it will be long until we see that.