This is no conspiracy theory and we do not intend to borrow lavishly from Hollywood in an attempt to spread paranoia on how the machines are all set to make us their slaves. That is because, unknowingly and unwittingly we seem to be already there and if you do not believe us, just look around your own home, office or even the street you walk down on.
People constantly busy texting on their mobiles even as they stroll around, Bluetooth headsets that make a fool out of you as you assume that the gorgeous blond is actually smiling at you and people constantly engaged in tweeting, poking, pinging and any other form of digital nudge and wink. Are we not there, already?
We have come a long way from the early brick-like devices that could not just place a call, but could help you kill someone if you came across a threat in a dark and lonely alley; multi-tasking had a whole different meaning back then! Some of us still remember the times we did not have a mobile phone at all and we at times, do so fondly. Taking a break from the world was far easier back then, but with the ‘mobile revolution’ in the last decade, everyone is connected to everyone else these days. Of course, that in more ways is good than bad and it is precisely why we have embraced this future so gleefully.
A Bland Start towards a Brilliant Future
The start of mobile phones came notably with the likes of Motorola DynaTAC 8000x, which many consider as the first true mobile phone. It obviously looks like a gigantic monolith compared to what many of us use today, but everything has to start somewhere and it did so right here back in the 80s. This was followed by the Nokia 1011, which probably is one of the earliest phones that look like an ancient ancestor of all mobiles in operation today.
Decade of Innovation
The early versions of course were quickly replaced by smarter and sleeker phones and as the 90s drew to a close, we saw the advent of the incredibly popular Nokia 3210. On first look, it obviously looks nothing special, but for its time (which is only around 14 years ago!), it was revolutionary as it eliminated the external antenna, included T9 suggestive text feature and made texting all the more cooler.
The fact that 160 million units of this mobile were shipped pretty much cements its place in the ‘mobile pantheon’.
It also shows how quickly technology has evolved in just the last decade and the rapid rate at which we have moved from a model like the 3210 to the current iPhone and Galaxy S models that are ages ahead in their ability and performance.
Sleek Stylish and Sensational Present
A model like the Motorola RAZR in 2004 showcased that sleek style and stunning form would be decisive factors in success of smartphones and soon Apple and Steve Jobs took this to a whole new level with the iPhone. No matter what competitors say, it is a given that every current high-end smartphone owes a lot in terms of ‘design and performance inspiration’ to this one trendsetter. The smartphone revolution brought with it millions of apps, apps that can help you control the world around you, chart out routes and drive around with ease, play endless games with great graphics, access the internet at lightning speed and always stay in touch with the entire planet!
Current smartphones and tablets have changed the way both businesses work and consumers make purchase choices. Companies are now launching exclusive apps on platforms such as iOS and Android, in addition to their online websites and many also vouch for the business spurt this has generated.
For instance, travel related companies claim that 46% of all their consumers now interact on the mobile platform and activities varying from booking flight tickets to arranging for vehicles that will pick you up as soon as you land, and hotel reservations can now be seamlessly carried out from both smartphone and tablet browsers. Businesses that do not adapt stand losing out a lot as research suggests consumers are quickly and happily ‘going mobile’.
Future Crazier than Science Fiction
One of the hardest things in the world is to predict the future. Around 30 years back we thought we would all be soon flying around in jet-propelled cars or using personal jet packs to travel around, but that does not seem likely any time soon. Yet, 10 years back few would have predicted that by 2016 there would be around 8 billion handheld devices across the globe; maybe more.
With sleeker and more powerful phones on the way, many believe the next cycle of mobile revolution will see flexible display, multiple input methods and a whole new form factor. CES 2013 has already seen what might be the launch of flexible display screens and the likes of SIRI could have kick-started input methods that complement and enhance touch.
Smart money is on future smartphones that hook up to any existing monitor and are powerful enough to satisfy all your computing needs. With both tablets and even so called ‘phablets’ already around, a world without laptops and PCs seems pretty much a certainty at this point.
Tap into the Endless Possibilities
One of the biggest gains from the handheld device eruption is the world of apps that have opened up for consumers. These little nuggets of joy offer everything from utility-based services to entertainment, information and even turn your mobile into another useful gadget or two. From elaborate games to weather updates on-the-go, from travel advice to exclusive deals, there is endless potential waiting to be tapped in here.
In a world where smartphones and tablets are considered a necessity rather than an accessory, it is no wonder that the possibilities are indeed endless.
What do you think?