Smartphones are something that we often want to quit, but heer’s the thing: we aren’t quitting any of these anytime soon. When Steve Jobs pitched the original iPhone back in 2007 as a phone, music player, a communicator with the internet, it became a landmark in our world. It did crystalize the mystic reputation that was there. Many people nicknamed this the Jesus phone, and it helped to usher in the idea the smartphones were supposed to be chic.
But of course, upon looking back, all three of these capabilities barely scratched the edges of what the modern smartphone can do now.
So what does the smartphone do? Well, the short answer is everything. But from streaming to playing games, to finding directions, to even managing your health and fitness, to even opening up your garage door and taking amazing pictures and videos, it isn’t a question of what they can do, it’s a matter of what they can’t do.
Technology has changed a lot even in the past decade. Remember when we were young and nobody had a smartphone. Those were the good old days. But when the original iPhone launched, and the first Android phone back in 2008, they were still stuff that was only for enthusiasts and those with disposable income. Even 10 years ago with the launch of the Motorola Droid, which was the first Android phone that enjoyed mass appeal due to marketing from Verizon, we were just touching on the potential that came from this.
We take for granted these days the power that a virtual supercomputer in our pockets could create for us. Both Android and iPhones have created handsets that let us get rides to places, get our favorite movies and TV shows stored in an online database, or even Livestream us playing with our cats to all our friends. They’ve been revolutionary, and from the Arab Spring movement in the 2010s to the Hong Kong protests happening today, it’s been so important now more than ever that we understand the ability and power of our smartphones.
A Decade Later, it Changed Our Lives
Think bout it: do you ever leave your phone at home anymore? Do you ever feel like you can go somewhere without it? Nope, it’s become that critical. These days, we’re beginning to wonder if we rely too much on them. There are even apps that tell you these days how much time you spend on your phone, via apps on your phone.
We’ve gone from being astonished at iPhones to always having some kind of phone in our pockets, to even having a supercomputer n some cases, depending on the models.
No matter where you stand on this, it’s undeniable that it’s such a huge part of our society, culture, and of course, how we go about our lives.
But understand that a lot has changed since the original Android 1.0. think about it, they’ve gone from the early vision to one of the most integral tools in our lives, and they’re tools more than just gadgets that only a few can benefit from.
From Clumsy to Coveted
Smartphones have been around for years before the original Android and iPhone handsets. But, the white-collar crowd had these more than anything.
Remember what those are? The Blackberrys. These are old, and many of us show off the Palm Treos or the “Pocket PC” phones that we’ve stripped down version of windows that are jammed behind a screen that’s smaller.
All of those devices were clumsy, and to really get the most of it, you need a stylus to navigate these.
Back in 2007, Jobs and the iPhone changed everything, making touchscreen devices both intuitive, and fun to use, mostly because of the pinch and zoom browser experience, and it was a phone that people would pull out to impress their friends or girls that they like.
When Apple announced the apps troe back in 2008, this was one of the instances that third-party apps have. Google would follow this with the G1 smartphone, which was known as the HTC Drema, a few months later. The G1 altered to the gadget enthusiasts though, and it didn’t have the appeal of the iPhone, but it was definitely the launchpad that Android used to springboard off this.
Nowadays, there are over 2.5 billion active Android devices out there, making it the most dominant platform out there.
They are very helpful, but it wasn’t until the debut of the original Droid itself, which now is celebrating its 10th anniversary next month, and that’s what pulled this not the mainstream, which was because of the marketing campaign put together by Google, version, and of course, Motorola. Upping this even further, in 2010 Samsung joined the crowd, and it did help build the Galaxy S franchise by way of impressive marketing, which created the two-horse campaign that we see going on today between Android and of course, iOS. It’s pretty amazing how in the last decade everything change,d providing a more intuitive, fun mobile experience with our smartphones.
The Evolution of Apps
It wasn’t just the phone that changed everything either, but it’s also the apps and hardware. The swiss army knife utility is probably one of the first programs a lot of people remember. The apps store and the google play store now have over 2 million apps, from Instagram to Angry Birds to even bird watching apps, you could definitely get a lot from it.
Remember though in the experimental days the apps were much more limited. You had the flashlight apps, but also the fart apps which were fun for everyone, but there were a ton of junk apps there.
There are still some junk apps on there, and while they are being cleaned up, they’re the types of apps that you hear about at panels of all of us remembering the wild west days of these types of phones, and the corresponding apps.
This is, of course, a far cry from the apps today. Nowadays, you literally can’t get lost. WhatsApp, and Signal both are used to coordinate demonstrations to enact change. Uber and Lyft help get you to where you need to be, and you can even get apps that could save your life.
And of course, we can’t discount all of the different video and entertainment apps that are out there too, and there are so many emerging these days that it’s wild to actually see how far all of this has gone.
We’ve gotten bigger phones, with the 6.8-inch display of the galaxy note 10, is one of the biggest phones out there today.
Smartphones are changing a lot of this, and it’s making a lot of crazy changes. There is so much still changing to this day, that who knows what will happen. With the Chinese Riots, it’s interesting to see how people will change ver time, and how much further this may go, and the future these phones may have too.