The last decade has seen the use of mobile phones increase substantially, especially the use of smartphones and this rise in use has seen some amazing things happen, some that would have seemed impossible years ago.
The technology that would later be used in today’s cell phone was created in the late 1940’s and was used first in mobile rigs such as taxis, and emergency vehicles like police cars. Truckers also used a form of this technology to be able to communicate with each other.
It was in 1983 that the First Generation or 1G was introduced into the public market by the Motorola Company and were the first phones to make use of analog technology (which is a lot less reliable than digital technology). The first mobile phones during this time were car phones permanently fixed into the floorboard of cars and it was not until a few years later that people could take them outside of the car, although they were massive and very unreliable.
It wasn’t until the 1990’s that great strides were made using Second Generation or 2G technology. With this new digital technology cell phones were faster and quieter to use, besides being a lot smaller.
Third Generation or 3G technology was created soon after 2G technology. Third Generation technology was able to transfer data like emails, instant messages besides phone calls and these extra capabilities have helped the sales and the popularity of the phones become more and more popular.
Both Android and iOS operating systems have advanced each year providing the general public with even better phones boasting cameras that take ultra-sharp pictures and a capacity to perform tasks that could not have been believed twenty years ago.
In 2016 one of the most popular aspects of today’s mobile is the ability to use applications (apps) for all of your own personal needs so your phone becomes something very individual to you. Whether your preference is a travel app that tells you the best route to your destination, or music apps that let you listen to your favorite artists and let you know when they are playing in your local area the App or Play Store has them all.
Along with the increased use of mobile to access the internet apps such like WhatsApp has become one of the most popular ways to freely contact your friends and family. WhatsApp is very conscious of keeping your secure and has now added end to end encryption that lets their users know that messages cannot be intercepted by any third parties and so stay secure. This is very important in today’s society when security is always being challenged, and privacy concerns forefront in many people’s minds.
With technology advancing at an ever-increasing pace, no one really knows what the future will hold in store, but one this is for certain, we have never had such a capacity to communicate, play, gather information and keep in contact with those things that matter to us than ever before, and it would be foolish not to take advantage of it.