The Evolution Of The Smartphone Industry

Smartphone use has become widespread. Everyone uses a smartphone. Most of us can’t imagine a world without smartphones. Back in the day when phones were first introduced they were merely feature phones. These feature phones were initially extremely bulky and there was a thin strip for a screen that was used to read massages and make calls. Battery life was horrible and the phones only lasted a few hours. As the industry started developing screen became bigger and battery life improved considerably. Further phones started becoming thinner and more portable. As smartphones started becoming popular, the demand for feature phones started disappearing.  The first smartphones were available in the late 90s and early 2000s. These devices were similar to the early feature phones. These smartphones were very bulky and heavy. They did not have touch screens and the displays were small and of low resolution. Battery life was worse than initial feature phones. The smartphones were hard to use and it costs so much that only few people were able to afford it. It was a luxury not worth having. The early 2000s smartphones started having touchscreens but these touchscreens were using the resistive touch technology instead of the superior capacitive touch and this made the device difficult to use still. For resistive touch to work the user has to apply force and swipe motions did not work as well as capacitive touch device.

Smartphone popularity never really started catching on until Nokia introduced their N series of smartphones in the mid-2000s. The N series was hugely popular and it bought smartphone technology to the mainstream consumer. Users were able to multitask and use various apps. Even though smartphones were popular there were not as user friendly or easy to use as todays smartphones. There were difficulties when using the phone. The introduction of the iPhone was a turning point for the smartphone industry. Apple bought a highly capable touchscreen device with many apps and different features. It was hugely popular device and enjoyed high sales. As the success and popularity of the iPhone grew Android was introduced to the smartphone market. Android was an operating system that was used on smartphones produced by other manufacturers as Apple’s iOS was exclusive for Apple devices. With the release of Android competition grew from manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC, Google, Sony and LG. iPhones were clearly in the lead but the competition has price on its side. Further an ipad air screen repairs would cost very high as 3rd party repairs were not prominent at the time but smartphones running android were easily repairable.

As the competition increased Apple introduced repair programs for iPhones where there would be no cost incurred. Currently repairing an iPhone has become much cheaper. For example an iPhone 6 plus repair would cost similar to a Samsung Galaxy S7 as many 3rd part repair shops have come up. Since 2012 the smartphone industry is dominated by Apple and Android. Apple is represented by the iPhones and Android by many manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony and many other manufacturers. The latest iPhones directly compete with the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5, HTC 10, One plus Three. Androids advantage is the availability of mid-range and low-range smartphones that run Android unlike Apple who only sells high end models. The Smartphone industry has come a long way. There are many new innovations every year and new smartphones are being released constantly. The smartphone industry has a very interesting future and consumers are going to benefit greatly from it.