I received an email some time ago from BROADBAND GENIE asking my thoughts on developing my ideas further and looking at how this technology has moved on from then. The evolution of the Mobile then Smartphones and Phablets. GREAT IDEA!! Broadband Genie have emailed me this morning their view on this and I have copied it as below. For those like me interested in Technology its a fantastic and very interesting read.
It’s staggering to think just how far and how quickly mobile phone technology has advanced. It’s just over 30 years since the launch of the UK’s first mobile networks and in that time mobiles have gone from a tool of the rich to something owned by more than 90% of adults in the UK.
A brief history of mobile phonesThe Evolution Of Mobile Phones
Mobile phones have a rich history, stretching back to the early 20th Century. Here are a few of the most notable events.
1926 - Nikola Tesla talks of a future where we could “communicate with one another instantly” using pocket sized instruments. He also posits the idea of a “big brain” reaching around the world!
1946 - Bell’s Mobile Telephone System (MTS) goes on the air in St Louis. This rudimentary mobile service linked radio transmissions to the phone network and required operator assistance in both directions. The first hardware weighed a bulky 36kg. Incredibly MTS and the successor technology IMTS (Improved Mobile Telephone Service) remained in use until relatively recently.
1973 - Motorola engineer Martin Cooper makes the first mobile phone call, using a 1kg handset to call rival Bell Labs.
1983 - The Motorola DynaTac 8000X goes on sale. The first commercial mobile cost $4,000 and had a talk time of just 30 minutes.
1985 - Racal-Vodafone and Securicor-Cellnet launch UK mobile networks. The first mobile call in the UK using these commercial networks was made on 1st January.
1987 - Nokia (then Nokia-Mobira) release their first mobile, the Mobira Cityman 900. It was notable for being smaller and lighter than previously bulky handsets.
1993 - Vodafone launches a GSM service in the UK.
1994 - IBM releases the Simon Personal Communicator. This was the first smartphone and the first mobile with a touchscreen. It cost over $1,000 off contract and allowed for the installation of third party apps, though only one was ever made.
1997 - Motorola unveils the clamshell form factor StarTac handset.
1998 - Nokia release the iconic 6110, including Snake!
2001 - 3G networks go live. Japan’s NTT DoCoMo are the first in the world to launch a 3G service.
2005 - Google buys Android Inc for $50m.
2007 - Apple launches the iPhone. It was a smash hit and revolutionised the market, though the original model had no 3G support and the app store was not introduced until 2008.
2008 - The first smartphone to use Android goes on sale. It’s known as the HTC Dream in the US and T-Mobile G1 in Europe.
2009 - TeliaSonera launches the first commercial 4G network.
2012 - EE debuts 4G in the UK, offering coverage in 11 cities.
What’s next for mobile phones?
The next big development for mobile technology is likely to be the introduction of fifth generation (5G) networks.
For most of us the key appeal of 5G is going to be much better speeds and signal strength. The Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance, a consortium of networks and technology companies, has defined some aims for 5G; among them is the ability for a 5G network to provide speeds of tens of megabits to tens of thousands of users at the same time, with lower latency and improved coverage.
5G is also being designed with the Internet of Things in mind, to handle the demand of equipment in homes and offices as well as communication links in cars.
Some early tests of 5G have already taken place. The first commercial network is likely to be launched by TeliaSonera in Sweden and Estonia. In the UK - going by previous network deployments - we’re not likely to get widespread 5G until a few years later, but Ofcom is planning on auctioning off the frequencies this year so networks can get started.
But what about mobile phone hardware? We can of course expect ever faster processors, more memory, higher density storage and better screens. But perhaps the most exciting and practical development would be better batteries, both in terms of charge speed and capacity. Future battery tech may include solid state and hydrogen fuel cells.
In terms of design the most popular handsets are unlikely to change radically. There was a trend toward smaller and lighter phones for quite a few years, but the success of Samsung’s Note range has shown a huge appetite for larger screens and ‘phablets’. These will continue to be enormously popular but there is a some demand for alternatives. Many people prefer more compact sub-5” displays, and this is an area that’s largely been served by cheaper models and the occasional premium device from the likes of Sony.
There might also be a resurgence in some designs which have fallen out of fashion like the slider and clamshell phones; Samsung has developed a modern clamshell smartphone with octa-core CPU and 3GB RAM.
More than anything though, it’s the falling cost of smartphones which could have the biggest impact. In many emerging markets such as Africa and India ‘dumbphones’ are still widely used due to their low cost (not to mention the rugged design and long battery life). But an affordable smartphone would give enormous numbers of people easy access to the internet and other conveniences offered by a smartphone.
Matt Powell is the editor for Broadband Genie, an independent switching site providing consumers and businesses with practical help, advice and price comparison for home broadband, mobile broadband, phones, TV services and mobile accessories.