May 9, 2011
People who were born over twenty five years ago have watched the development of the technological age. DVDs, computers and cell phones were developed during their lifetimes. The parents of these people remember using pay phones and dealing with party lines on their home phones. Today, these ideas are so foreign that they are only remembered through old movies and sitcoms.
Lars Ericcson was the first man to have a phone in his car. He would keep a regular phone in his car and attach it to phone wires when he wanted to make a call. In 1926, trained operators in Europe would assist luxury train passengers in making calls through a radio mobile phone as they traveled from Hamburg to Berlin. Even back then, people were attempting to communicate while mobile.
In the 1950’s, real people began to use radio telephony mobile phones, and they were able to dial directly without the use of an operator. In 1956, the Ericsson Company built the first commercial mobile telephone system for Sweden. With the phone set weighing nearly ninety pounds, however, people did not own personal phones. Prince Philip of the United Kingdom had the first personal mobile phone built into the trunk of his Aston Martin back in 1957.
The handset weight was reduced to half of its original size in 1965. Bell Labs researchers had the very first mobile phone conversation on a Motorola mobile phone in 1973. Finally, in the 1990’s, Finland developed one of the first networks which used digital circuits and was able to increase signal strength between the phones and the networks.
Cell phones became more appealing for personal use as they were built in smaller sizes. As cell phone companies gained more customers, they built more towers with more far-reaching capabilities. Cell phones were then able to communicate with others and get information from the internet.
In addition to the cell phone evolution, laptop computers and notebook tablets are also products that have been able to tap into newer and faster means of communication and information. Applications that were once only on a wired PC are now available through mobile networking. Mobile technology is no longer the exception, but the expected.
Mobile applications are as varied as one can imagine. In 2010, Windows Mobile had over 18,000 applications while Apple had over 85,000. There were over 2.5 billion applications sold by Apple in 2009 alone. By the year 2013, the number of applications available is expected to quadruple.
Those who are not interested in technology for one reason or another are confused as to why so many people are interested in their mobile devices and the many applications that are available. Creating less distance between people, businesses, employers and even countries, mobile technology has made the world a smaller place. Having the ability to perform so many tasks, from playing games to banking, with one simple device has become a way of life for most people and it looks as though the trend is going to continue.
Some mobile applications are for personal interest, such as games, music players, social networking and shopping. Other applications are for communication purposes – email, instant messaging, and image viewing. Many applications are for information, such as maps, GPS, the weather, financial updates, searches and web browsers. Due to these applications, people are able to communicate and have both personal and business relationships with people all over the world.
People of all ages and stages of life are tapping into the ability of mobile applications by doing their banking online, staying in touch with friends and family through emails and pictures, shopping for clothes and other items, and communicating with their employers and employees. The days of waiting for the mail to come are over. The turn-around rate increases at an amazing speed when emails and documents are received through a mobile device.
While some skeptics say that the mobile age is just a phase, the truth is, more applications are being designed every day. Due to the increasing number of devices and applications, some companies are even working to integrate them, making it easier for people to use various mobile devices with more applications. The more people learn how to make these apps work for them in their everyday life, the less chance there will be of ever turning back the clock.
High-speed mobile networking is the newest advancement in mobile technology. This is only increasing mobile speed and the ability to get more work done, at a faster rate. Technology can’t move fast enough for what people hope for in their mobile devices. The faster the better; the more efficient and helpful the application, the happier people are. The mobile application era will continue to expand, giving people more mobile options and showing them the advantages of communicating and working in a mobile society.
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