Usability of Mobiles

Usability of Mobiles

Evolution of mobile phones into smartphones. The timeline summary of how an entire mobile generation developed to create a mobile revolution in its usability.

First we had pigeon network to send messages, then came the post office, later came telephone and then finally the mobile phone arrived with wireless networking capabilities. Over a period of time we have come a very long way. The usability of mobile phones has increased many-folds. Today we live in a time where we even control the functioning of air-conditioner via mobile interface (using a mobile phone to command the AC).

Cell phones have brought in a lot of ushering changes in our daily lives. From receiving daily updates of match scores to using a GPS to locate a friends place, we are using mobiles for almost everything. The rise in usability quotient of mobile phones has become a remarkable timeline to plot, its not just interesting but also exciting to note down all the un-noticed transformations which mobiles brought in.

The first mobile phone networks were capable of only making wireless calls within a certain limited distance. The wireless networking technology was at that time considered a very big invention. To match up with this, cordless phones were introduced, but by then mobile technology had conquered the data sending and receiving technique. Mobile phone subscribers were quite excited wit the short messaging service as it was not s costly, it was quick and effective too. The data communication system then evolved into something called Wireless Application Protocol (WAP). It was a technology which relied upon radio waves that Mobile towers transmitted and was essentially names as General Packet Radio Service (GPRS). The GPRS system forms a base of most of the mobile internet applications which we use. The GPRS technology later evolved into Enhanced Data for Global Evolution (EDGE). Present second generation (2G) networks usually employ EDGE for mobile connectivity as its considerably faster than normal GPRS, also the existing 2G networks are actually 2.5 G networks i.e. an evolved version of 2G network with efficient spectrum usage and deployment.

It turned out that 2G networks could not hold together the network systems and started clogging the network spectrum thus leading to network congestion. This prompted mobile networks to get more spectrum from government to set up 3G networks. At the moment 3G has become the immediate successor for second generation mobile networks. 3G provides for a high data speeds and better usage of network resources. All these development propelled the usability criteria of mobile phones.

Today, mobiles usability is ascertained from the amount of features that it boasts. Gone are the days when a mobile with torch would be considered as hot seller, here are the days when mobile are being used to send and receive emails, watch online movies, get all sorts of updates, gear into high graphics gaming and be the perfect internet surfing device. Health, finance, social, political - you name it and you will get an app to complete your need. Mobile usability has far exceeded the average requirement of any individual, the cooler thing about this is that, developers feel, there is more exponential scope for development in this regard. For sure, mobiles would soon be used into every field in future.

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The usability factor of mobile in everyday life. The evolution of mobile wireless technology into a well set mobile network infrastructure.

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