Mobile phones have actually been around for many years, first coming onto the scene back in 1973. Over the years, the look and capabilities of mobile phones have seen significant changes as they came to be what we have today. Let’s take a look at some of the major milestones in the development of mobile phones as we know them today.
The most important feature of mobile phones today is their convenience and portability. The original mobile phones were clunky and difficult to transport. Headsets underwent major changes in early 1990’s. Cell phones also changed formats which helped make them smaller. For instance, flip phones became popular. A hinge joins the two piece flip phone construction. This made the phone half its size when not in use. Flip phones are still available today although other styles have taken hold.
When mobile phones began accessing the internet, there was a need for an operating system. Initially the field was rather crowded with several out there. Gradually over time as smartphones became more popular, operating systems like Blackberry and Symbian (Nokia) and they were no more used. Afterwards the field was narrowed down to two major operating systems, Apple iOS and Google Android. This has made it much easier for designers of mobile games. No longer do their games have to be adapted for several operating systems but mainly two. As a result, the availability of games has skyrocketed. Gaming is now one of the most popular users for mobile phones.
There is no end to Mobile technology and it will evolve to the core. When contemplating where mobile phones once were, it is exciting to ponder the possibilities!
Wold’s first touchscreen mobile
In 1992 IBM launched the world’s first touchscreen phone IBM Simon. Basically, it combined the features of a cell phone with a touch PDA(Personal Digital Assistant) to create, what was then, cutting edge technology. Motorola and Apple are using this technology.
Bell South Cellular Corp.distributed the Simon Personal Communicator in the United States between August 1994 and February 1995, selling 50,000 units.
World’s first Cellphone
Motorola was the first company to produce a handheld mobile phone. On 3 April 1973 when Martin Cooper, a Motorola researcher and executive, made the first mobile telephone call from handheld subscriber equipment, placing a call to Dr. Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs. In 1983, the DynaTAC 8000x was the first commercially available handheld mobile phone.
The weight of handset used in 1973 is 2 kg. Current Smartphones available in market weight around 100 gram.