Phones were initially made for communication but now phones have evolved into a smartphone because yes, they are smart. The number of smartphone users is increasing day by day as it was found that in 2020. Among the total population of about 7.7 billion, above 3.5 billion people use a smartphone. A 9.3 percent increase from 2019. Since we are in the age of technology, innovations are taking place very fast that make our lives easier and better.
Beginning of Smartphones
Although smartphones have been around for a long time. The major leap in the smartphone industry was on January 9, 2007. When Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone. It combined a phone, camera, music player, and an internet communicator which was something that was never done before. It’s been fourteen years since the first iPhone or the most revolutionary smartphone was launched. Now there are few things that a smartphone can’t do. There weren’t many big players in the smartphone industry then but now against a company. Like Apple, there are other tech giants like Samsung, Xiaomi, Oneplus, Sony, and many other smartphone companies. Since there are many players in the smartphone industry there’s a race for innovation. One who introduces something new and different stays on the top. That gives motivation or challenge for another to do better.
More on Smart Device
Besides just making smartphones what these companies. Like Apple, Samsung and Xiaomi are doing is creating an ecosystem around the smartphone. Along with the smartphone, they are making computers, laptops, TVs, smart-watches, earphones, speakers, and many more things which work together smoothly. These companies have made ties with Auto manufacturers making their devices capable of controlling the multimedia interface in their vehicle. Or even control them. People can monitor their health through the different sensors in the phone along with the smart-watch. They are wearing on their wrist or any other electronic device.
Among all the other technologies, smartphones have become the centerpiece of the puzzle in this digital world. There are so many smartphone manufacturers. They have a whole lot of devices packed with different features that there might only be a few things smartphones can’t do now. Real-time video calling along with audio calls, file sharing, internet browsing have become common features. Now some smartphones come with night vision, Lidar sensors to measure distance. And create a 3d image of the environment around you. There are voice assistants like Google, Siri and Alexa built-in our smartphones with which we can give voice commands. Even projectors have been built into a smartphone.
Smartphone in Daily Life
Our lives so much rely on smartphones that people wake up with the alarm on. Their phone, check their routine, make calls and schedules for meetings, work. How they are going to spend the day. Smartphones take pictures and videos as good as cameras so there’s no need to have an extra camera. Even if you have a camera, you can connect to your phone or open the photos that you clicked on your camera. And share it on social media or somewhere else.
There are smart homes where one can control the locks, lights, speakers, heating system. Many more things with the help of a smartphone. Some people make posts and videos with their smartphones and post them on their Youtube account. Or other platforms like TikTok and other websites from which they make money. The use of smartphones has increased so much that companies focus more on digital ads. Because everyone is looking at their phone all the time.
Demerits of Smartphones
Besides all the positive factors and the ease that smartphones have created in our lives. We cannot neglect the other side of the story. Yes, we might be able to access maps, browse the internet, control our automobiles or our smart-home. But that freedom has made us vulnerable to companies who aim to make a profit from our data. Privacy issues are another thing that has been a hot topic. Because some apps and smartphones have been accused of violating privacy rights. Smartphone users don’t only have problems with the big players in the industry. But other hackers can hack into your digital devices with the help of your phone. Hack your phone itself to get access to your files, bank details, and other things.
Despite all the drawbacks still, almost half the population of the world use smartphones. The utility they get from them is far above the few issues they might create. However, if the smartphone user is well known about its functions and uses it carefully such risks can be minimized. It is such an advanced device on which we are so dependent. It’s almost impossible to think of a world without it. It’s mobile and has so many applications and the ability to connect and control other digital devices and services; we can say that they are the most important digital devices in our lives.