Who doesn’t own one?
A smartphone is basically a mobile or cellular phone that has computer capabilities. Meaning it is able to connect to the internet for web surfing and sending emails as well as various other tasks. 1992 saw the IBM Simon introduced as the first mobile phone that could send and receive emails as well as faxes.
We have seen many variations of smartphones since then from Blackberry phones with full qwerty keypads to personal assistant devices such as the palm pilot to modern day multi touchscreen phones as the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy which are leaders in the market.
The most fascinating thing about these communication devices is that what we have completely changed their use from what was originally invented (making and receiving calls..remember?)
Does it cure cancer?
Sadly no but pretty much anything else, aside from phone calls, internet and text messaging they have become our camera, navigator, game console, music player, video screen, notebook, calculator and whatever application you are using does. I’m currently trying to use iStudiez Pro an app that works out your Uni schedule for the semester, very handy indeed.
As for the future, it is growing rapidly, becoming our primary source of communication, we are seeing less landline phones, more social networking platforms that are designed just for smartphones e.g. Snapchat.
Making our lives easier and more enjoyable e.g. Wearable technology, 3d capability and becoming our personal assistant, e.g. Replacing our watch, replacing our bank cards.
Though as we are more reliant on them we know there’s more risk, especially regarding security, people can have greater access to our personal details, like contacts, photos and account information.
I really look forward to researching more on smartphones on how they changed how we communicate and how we’ll future communicate on this convergent technology.