The Smartphone Revolution

The Smartphone Revolution

Feb 03

Cell phones have been evolving exponentially since Motorola unveiled the first handheld mobile phone in April, 1973. The phone allowed half an hour of talk time and charged for ten hours. The phone had no other function except for calling.

Today’s gizmos can do an amazing range of tasks; calling, texting, surfing the web, document viewing and a range of other applications through application programs (apps). The apps are the latest craze on the Smartphone. Apps are short programs tailor made to carry out particular functions using the operating system on the phone.

A simple example is the Gmail app which enables the user to access their email in one click of the an icon on the phone display as opposed to manually searching and logging into their account on a web browser. This type of app simplifies access to websites and functions on the phone and includes apps for Skype, online retail stores like eBay, social sites like twitter and many others.

There are apps for games like Angry Birds, apps for brain training exercises like Lumosity on the iPhone among others. These apps open programs. The vast majority of apps however, are tools to perform specific jobs and there are literally thousands of amazing things they can do; apps that can diagnose air quality (Breathometer), test water for impurities, apps that read your fingerprints and even Omnio, an app that could make a medical diagnosis.

These apps have simplified access to information and that can only lead to more innovation.