Although iPhones, Androids, and Blackberries are completely normal words nowadays, there was a time when they meant nothing at all. (Well, Blackberries definitely meant something, but it had nothing to do with a keyboard and a screen!) Telephones were confined to one room in the home, and entire neighborhoods shared one party line to make calls.
Of course, all that changed with the mobile phone—but how did our mobile devices of today come to be?
This excellent infographic from companionlink.com highlights the mobile turn of events from the 1970s until today.
Coolest trivia from the mobile history round-up:
- The first public cell phone trials were in 1977 with 2000 customers.
- In 1992, Apple coined the term “Personal Digital Assistant,” or PDA.
- Can you imagine a world without texting? 1996 saw the first QWERTY keyboard on a cell phone.
- The first commercially-available camera phone was the Sony Ericsson T68i in 2000.
- 2007: the iPhone’s birthday, a momentous day in mobile history.
- Just one year after the iPhone, in 2008, the Android is released.
- Smartphones equal 26% of the whole world’s phone market. 50% of phones purchased in the U.S. are smartphones.
Mobile phones have risen from nonexistence to world domination fast— just six years ago, the iPhone didn’t even exist! And, today, we have future-forward gadgets like solar-powered iPhone chargers and cell-phone cameras with higher resolution than digital cameras used to have. With these advances in technology happening so rapidly, imagine the smartphone technology that’ll be available in another six years. We’re looking forward to what happens next.