Smartphones ADP1003 Computer Systems and Word Processing Powerpoint tutorial Due date- 1st April 2011 Karabo Mokwele
What are smartphones? A smartphone is a mobile phone that offers additional futuristic computing intelligence than a normal entry level mobile phone. They may be considered as handheld computers unified with a mobile telephone. Smartphones usually allow the user to install and run more advanced applications. They incorporate the functions of a cameraphone and a personal digital assistant(PDA).
Historical Back round The IBM Simon was the first ever smartphone to be designed and displayed as a concept product in 1992. It was completely touchscreen, it had no physical buttons and was released into the general public in 1993. Back then the Simon was a symbol of mass technological intelligence. But today it would considered a low-end product, lacking a basic camera- now considered the usual feature of any mobile phone. However, it was prominently advanced at the time.
Popularity A study by ComScore indicates that over 45.5 million individuals in the United States of America owned smartphones in 2010. In 2010 the sale of smartphones increased drastically. The sales sky-rocketed by a 72.1% margin from the previous year. Smartphones are selling tremendously and they make up 19% of all mobile phones.
What do they offer? Mainly all smartphones offer the basic identical features and as compared to normal cellphones, they offer quite a lot. High internet browsing speeds. Integrated with dozens of applications such as social networking utilities and music apps. Navigation and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are the newest features particularly with Android operating smartphones. The Android operating system is a platform backed by search engine Google, consisting of Google’s usual applications such as GoogleMaps, Gmail, etc.
Different Operating Systems Analysis of 2010 operating system sales
2010 was the year when Android surpassed Symbian in terms of sales with 33% versus 31%.
Android operating smartphones sold seven times more than in the previous year.
Smartphones, problematic or helpful? Critics argue that smartphones are proving to be a distraction to students and employers rather than a helpful aid. Others believe that they have benefits rather than negativities. I believe that smartphones have their advantages and disadvantages. What is your insight based on this tool of intelligence?