“A smartphone is a cellular telephone with an integrated computer and other features not originally associated with telephones, such as an operating system, the ability to run software applications and web browsing.”
The first smartphone was the IBM’s Simon, which was presented as a concept device rather than a consumer device at the 1992 COMDEX computer trade show. It was capable of sending faxes and emails, as well as keeping a calendar of events for the user, as opposed to simply sending messages and making calls
Consumer smartphones evolved away from personal digital assistants (PDAs) around the turn of the 21st century when devices such as the PalmPilot began to include the wireless connectivity. Several manufacturers, including Hewlett Packard and Nokia, released devices in 1996 that were combinations of PDAs and typical cellphones that included early operating systems (OSes) and web browsing capabilities. BlackBerry released its first smartphones in the mid of 2000s, and they became very popular with consumers and in the enterprise.
Many of these the early smartphones featured physical keyboards.
In 2007, Apple released the iPhone and LG released the Prada, the first smartphones to feature a touchscreen. HTC released its Dream smartphone a year later, which was the first to include Google’s Android OS smartphone.
Other major advancements in the history of smartphones include Sony’s release of the Xperia Z5 Premium phone with the 4K resolution screen in 2015. Networking advancements in Wi-Fi and LTE have also progressed over the years, improving the connectivity of smartphones for its faster use.
Cellphone vs.latest Smartphone
A cell phone is simple a telephone that doesn’t need a landline connection. It enables the user to receive and make phone calls. Mostly cellphones also offer text messaging.
A latest smartphone has more advanced features, software applications, including web browsing and a mobile OS. In turn, a smartphone also offers capabilities such as support for biometrics, digital assistants, video chatting and much more.
Still, there is no standard definition that clearly delineates the smartphone; many devices marketed simply as cellphones offer similar features to those marketed as a smartphone.
One of the most latest features of a smartphone is its connection to the app store. An app store is a centralized portal where users can search for and download software applications to run on their smartphones. A typical app store offers thousands of mobile applications for productivity, word processing, gaming, note-taking, organization, social media and much more.
Some are the following of the other key features of a smartphone:
- internet connectivity;
- a mobile browser;
- the ability to synchronize more than one email account to a device;
- embedded memory;
- a software and hardware-based QWERTY keyboard;
- wireless synchronization with other devices, such as desktop computers or laptop;
- the ability to download applications and run independently;
- support for the third-party applications;
- the ability to run multiple apps simultaneously;
- a digital camera, typically with (4K and FHD) video capability;
- unified messaging; and
- GPS: Global Positioning System.
A latest smartphone also has the ability to support accessories, power charging cables, including Bluetooth headphones and extra speakers. Because of the fragile outer casing of most smartphones, users often also purchase screen protectors, temper glasses and more durable cases in which to put their phones to keep them safe because they run an OS and applications, smartphones get consistent software updates. Vendors update their mobile OSes a few times a year, and individual mobile apps in an app store see constant software updates that users can either choose to ignore or install.
Many consumers use their latest smartphones to engage with family, friends and brands on social media.
Social media platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn all have mobile apps that a user can download from their phone’s app store. These apps make it easier for smartphone users to post personal information, updates and photos while on the go rather than at their desktop.
Another common use for smartphones is wellness tracking and health. The Health app for smartphones, for instance, can keep track of sleep behavior, nutrition, body measurements, vital signs, mental health exercises and more.
Third-party wearable devices, such as smartwatches, can connect with a smartphone to monitor an individual’s health statistics, such as heart rate, & send information to be aggregated on the phone.
Mobile payment is also popular use for smartphones. Wallet features allow users to save credit card information on their phones to use when purchasing any items at retail stores. Apps such as Samsung Pay and Apple Pay also enable users to pay other iOS/Samsung users directly from their phones.
Latest Smartphone use in the enterprise
BlackBerry devices were the first popular latest smartphone which many organizations offered to their employees for business use due to BlackBerry’s history with strong security. As latest smartphones added more security techniques, advanced productivity features and integrations with IT management tools, others gained popularity in the enterprise.
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