The mobile phone is 40 years old last month. It was on April 3rd 1973 when Martin Cooper, a Motorola engineer made the first call to an employee at rival technology firm, AT & T. Ironically, he did not believe that the technology would take off as he thought it lacked the potential to cater for a mass audience. Of course, this couldn’t have been further from the truth, since people all over the world quickly embraced the technology, making the mobile phone a must have appliance. It is considered by some as one of the most important inventions of the 20th century. Back then, mobile phones were large cumbersome devices which were intended specifically for voice calls. In the 1990s, we then saw the emergence and widespread use of text messages. As the millennium approached, handsets were no longer the size of bricks and became much smaller and more discreet.

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Today, the mobile phone industry is worth billions of dollars with a plethora of phone manufacturers competing ferociously with each other for a piece of this extremely lucrative cake. All the big players understand the need to bring out more innovative features year after year.

The arrival of the Smartphone completely changed the game. Blackberry, HTC, Samsung and Motorola all released their own versions of smartphones. However, it was Apple who really caught the attention of the world with the release of the iPhone. This was a device which stood out like no other with its sleek design and one of the first to use multi-touch interface without the need for a stylus. There is no doubt that Apple leads the way in the smartphone market with Samsung closing in all the time. Smartphones have become more and more sophisticated and in some ways substituted PCs and laptops. Email, internet surfing and SMS texts tend to take priority over voice calls in terms of the desired features of a new handset.

The Most Powerful Device

There is more and more talk of the next generation mobile. This mobile it is said, will have processors more powerful than those of game consoles such as the PS3 and Xbox 360. This is because that they will utilize the all powerful Titan chips manufactured by the graphics card maker ‘NVIDIA’. These mobile devices will have approximately 4,500 GFlops of graphics power which is over 20 times more powerful than a PS3 or an Xbox 360. In fact, the latest PS4 will only be bringing 1,800 GFlops of power to the table. The next generation of mobiles will include new and improved features such as much better battery life enabling hours of use without having to recharge every day. Certain models such as the new iPhones will incorporate 3D images and on other phones you might see concepts such as ‘computational photography’. The cameras on all next generation smartphones are likely to be just as well equipped as those of dedicated digital cameras. In fact, some professional photographers might just find themselves tempted to use them.

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It’s also likely we will see the arrival of wireless charging and possible retina recognition as an added security measure of the future phones. Other features will appear even more high tech, such as the bendable phones which Samsung plans to make available this year. The company says these phones can be bent, twisted, folded and are virtually unbreakable.

This is indeed the theme we should expect to see in the future with the manufacturers constantly pushing the envelope to be one step ahead of their competitors. We will likely become even more dependent on these devices as the features they offer become more and more ingenious.

Of course, this can only be a good thing since these developments serve to make our lives just that little bit easier.

About the Author: Miss Beswick cannot wait for the next generation mobile, already a fan of gaming Jen can’t wait to see what the mobile platform has to offer! Mobiles provide access to cheap calls to Poland they offer instant messaging and now it is evolving on all kinds of levels. Would you like a next generation mobile?