IN 1973Motorola released its ﬁrst handheld phone... Image: Adam from another planet - Flickr
Image: Captain_Bob - Flickr IT’S NAME WAS THE MotorolaDynaTAC8000X and it weighed nearly 2 pounds
Since then we’ve come a long way Image: ollycoffey - Flickr
The introduction of the smartphone signaled a new era in mobile technology Image: Gilad Benari - Flickr
Merriam-Webster deﬁnes it as...“A cell phone that includes additional software functions (as email or internet browser)” Image: Greeblie - Flickr
Image: linkedmediagrp - Flickr But today we depend onthem to do so much more
70% of the world’s population own a mobile phone... Image: SilverGarden - Flickr
% of those are smartphone usersImage: CubaGallery - Flickr
This continues to rise as more people demand smart-phones for their multi purpose functionsImage: slow911 - Flickr
Image: digitalgopher - FlickrHowever as their popularity grows, so do complaints
Many people are growing impatient with accessibility problems and speed of internet connection Image: smuzew - Flickr
This signals a strong movement towards an even more mobile society Source: Whats in your briefcase? Mobile workers infographic - http://sidneyevematrix.posterous.com/mobile-workforce-which-tech-gadgets-do-we-useOne where workers prefer the use of a smartphone over any other mobile device
Image: Dubtastic - FlickrA society who are also growing dependent on apps thatallow for a greater connection with friends and family
Although the gold rush of app development may be over, Image: methodshop.com - Flickr a new focus has revived this...
“The newest trend is apps for kids. Children as young as 18 months and two years are adept and the mobile hand-held things are more their size”Source: iPhone apps a hit with preschoolers (Toronto Star) - http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/934673--iphone-apps-a-hit-with-preschoolers Image: zarah masales - Flickr
This has led to an inﬂux in younger mobile phone users Image: rjBalboaKodakero - Flickr
Image: EvelynGiggles - Flickr 85% of children own mobile phones, while only 73% own books Source: The Growth of Mobile: Stats and figures that will shock you - http://www.youtube.com/user/SybaseInc#p/u/22/0aUQLIPdtg8
This has led to issues similar with early childhood internet useImage: domturner - Flickr
“believeout of 10 parents Nine their kids should be taught about mobile phone and internet safety in school, a new study says. ”Source: Schools should teach kids mobile phone safety -http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8211585/schools-should-teach-kids-phone-safety Image: Theodore Schitz - Flickr
Especially with the advent of cyber bullying and the ability to “check in” at various locations Image: evelinachira - Flickr
Apps such as foursquare and facebook places Image: Narisa - Flickr seem to gain popularity with an older crowdImage: dnﬁsher - Flickr as many teens fail to see the beneﬁts, and consider them “unsafe”
The current users of locational apps ﬁnd them most valuable when trying to score a coupon or free meal at their favourite vendorSource: Check in Data: The Reality Behind the Hype infographic - http://7.mshcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/social_loco_infographic.jpg
Image: Apollo Clark - Flickr This shows the popularity of the smart- phone being used for everything other than the telephone’s initial use...
Studies have shown a steady decline in voice calls being made SMS messaging has become the dominant communication force Image: JayB.Stevens2010 - Flickr
Image: [Jon] - Flickr This has led to the phone call being deemed rude and intrusive
We live in a society whereeveryone is constantly on the go Image: Diogo Salles 2010 - Flickr
And it has come to be expected that ourmobile devices can keep up with our pace Image: brhill - Flickr
However there comes a time when one must question the logic of almost every 13 year old... Image: WinterMuteCreations - Flickr
Would you really “die” without your cell phone?Image: alabs - Flickr
References Image: kapester - Flickr• The Growth of Mobile: Stats and figures that will shock you - http://www.youtube.com/user/SybaseInc#p/u/22/0aUQLIPdtg8• “Smart-phone”: Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary - http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smartphone• Mobile Web Experience Frustrates Heaviest Users - http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?R=1008264• Whats in your briefcase? Mobile workers infographic - http://sidneyevematrix.posterous.com/mobile-workforce-which- tech-gadgets-do-we-use• The age of the app (Globe & Mail) - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-magazine/the-age-of-the- app/article1510836/singlepage/#articlecontent• iPhone apps a hit with preschoolers (Toronto Star) - http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/934673--iphone-apps- a-hit-with-preschoolers• Schools should teach kids mobile phone safety - http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8211585/schools-should-teach- kids-phone-safety• Half of teenagers have never heard of location check-ins - http://www.tnooz.com/2011/05/14/news/half-of-teenagers- have-never-heard-of-location-check-ins/• Data bigger than voice on mobile networks - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/7528153/Data-bigger-than- voice-on-mobile-networks.html• Don’t Call Me, I Won’t call You (NYTimes) - http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/20/fashion/20Cultural.html?_r=1&src=tptw
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