Due to how connected individuals are to the outside world now, the smartphone has become a convenient tool of showcasing ideas, spurring political movements and starting conversations. Smartphones have also increased the use social media (thanks to convergence). It can be used to promote conspiracy theories, organise campaigns and be used as a bludgeon against those that don’t accept the current political or social atmosphere on a specific subject, but this is more of an issue with individuals than technology, one that’s cumbersome to fix without a change in human behaviour. (Author unknown 2017)
Phones have drastically changed from the 20th century till current society:
- 1972- arrival of the portable phone
- 1983- Dr Martin Cooper, Motorola (first mobilised cell phone)
- 1992- Nokia 1011 (first 2G phone)
Meanwhile, the microcomputer comes kicking in…
- 1975- Altair 8080
- Philips Illium Synergy 1997
- 2001 (first 3G networks in Japan and South Korea
- Palm Centro 2007
“We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone. PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in”.
—Ed Collina on the rumours of an Apple phone, which was a revolutionary change for phones and employs the idea of convergence exceedingly well (maps, address book, games, clock etc.)
- 2007- arrival of the first iPhone
- 2008- HTC Dream was the first Android phone
The iPhone is arguably the most convinient and popular of all smartphones and sales increase day-by-day. It is basically competitive with Android phones.
There is ubiquitous connectivity thanks to the internet and smartphones. This means:
- Always on, always connected
- We are in the medium
- The internet is attached to us; we’re part of it.