A fleet through evolution of mobile phones in the past one decade will surely tell you that it’s been a long life-changing journey. 10 years ago, touchscreens were a vogue while the advent of Android and iPhone was far from conception. In those days, the big boy, Nokia Symbian, ruled supreme. Times have indeed changed.
The prime for Nokia was during 2005, which was marked by the famous Nokia 7110. This occasion shot up the company’s glory to levels that had never been reached before. In the same year, the Nokia N-series, that included the Nokia N70, N90 as well as N91, earned the company quite some respect in the mobile arena.
The advent for touchscreens back in the day would be a nightmare if compared to those of the present day and age. They were characterized by short lifespans, resistive touchscreen, absent pinch-to-zoom feature and absent on-screen keyboards. A stylus was thus required for easy operation, hence Steve Jobs’ famous saying, “If you see a stylus, they blew it.” OEMs finally came to the rescue, to everyone’s relief.
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It would be fair to confess that the advent of the Apple iPhone brought a new different turn in the mobile market with a shift to the current capacitative touchscreens as well the birth of the app in 2008. Microsoft can attest that a well established platform is the basic skeleton one needs and then dependable apps will definitely build on the skeleton to make it complete. Blackberry will then tell you that running on an established platform is much wiser than trying to build your own competitor, because a house divided against itself cannot stand. You got it? Investigate on that.
Ten years back, the thought of buying a phone from an OEM that was Asian in a Western market would be considered a wild dream unless it was an entry-level handset. The big boys of the OEMs at the time were Nokia, Motorola and Blackberry. It’s also worth noting that in those days, buyers were truly loyal to their specific phone brands.
Coming to the present day, these companies are now a distant buzz, with Nokia selling its mobile wing to Microsoft and giving birth to an Android device, Motorola caught up in a pass-the-parcel game between different owners and is now a Lenovo subsidiary after its valuable patents were gobbled down by Google, while Blackberry is still fighting against the overwhelming currents with its nearly-done efforts to launch its first Android device which will be in the form of the aesthetic Blackberry Priv, also known as the Venice.
10 years ahead, seven of the 10 top-notch mobile manufacturers are from China. Apple is the only one out of this bracket. Some solely operate in Asia while most are doing rounds all over the world such as the S6 Edge, Mate S, Xperia Z5, etc.
So what’s the future like for the mobile phones in 2045? ‘Scary’, maybe could be the answer to that question. Will they even be still there in the first place and how will consumer technology be by then?…hmm, let’s get to predict on that then we can meet in 2045 and get to see whose revelation was close to the real situation as it will be by then.
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