The world of mobile phones is expanding with each passing day with the launch of latest models and technology. Mobile phones are no longer a means of communications but acts as a gadget for multiple uses.
Mobile Phone operating Systems has seen major changes and development over the years. Among the initial ones was the Palm OS that was launched in the year 1996 which featured RIM applications address, memo pad, To Do list and Date Book. In the year 2000, Pocket PC 2000 OS was launched which was followed by Windows Mobile 2003SE and Palm OS Cobalt in the year 2004. Windows Mobile 5, BlackBerry OS 4.1 and Google Android OS was launched in the year 2005. The most talked about iPhone launched the first version of its OS on 9th of January, 2007. Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS is the latest one among the list.
The present day mobile phones not only act as a means of communication but as a multiple gadget. The use of mobile phone further increases with the presence of App stores. Some of the major application stores are Android Market, iPhone App Store, Windows Phone MarketPlace, Ovi Store and BB App World. As per the statistics of 2011, iPhone store has around 300,000 apps, Android store has around 250,000 apps and Marketplace stores around 29,704.
Mobile Phones have become a necessity in today’s world and with the launch of latest models every now and then, people across the globe wish to have the latest smartphone. A study shows that out of US adults who plan to buy a smartphone in the coming 6 months, 73% of them already have a smartphone and only 23% of them does not own a smartphone. Out of 73% of US adults who own a smartphone, 40% of them are using Android, 23% is using Apple, 5% is using BB, 3% is using Windows and 2% is for others.
Edudemic.com has come out with a list mentioning the best mobile applications for the learners. For brain exercise the best applications are Brain Blast, Quordy, Brain Challenge and others. The Math lovers can go for Graphing calculator, Math Ref and MathU RPN Calc. For Science learners, the list includes The Elements, Star Walk and the Chemistry Formulas. The list for the English and Literature includes app called Goodreads, iBooks and Spel It Rite.
In the first quarter of the year 2011, 99.6 million of smartphones were sold and as compared to 2010, the sales of the smartphones are expected to increase by 105% in 2014. With the increase in the number of mobile phone users, the battle among the OS is also growing.
The mobile phone technology has brought major changes in the pattern of travelling by the people. Out of every 4 active travellers, 3 of them use the mobile device while they are on move. 17% of the people has done research on their trip through mobile website or an application whereas, 12% downloaded an application which relates to the travel. Above all, 3% has also made their booking of the trip through mobile phone.
The latest mobile technology has changed the way people manage their money. The Electronic payment method started in the late 1970s through Videotex System which further improved to online banking and WAP in the year 1994 and 1997 respectively. The present day era is of smartphones where money can be managed through mCommerce, mPayments and mWallets.
The smartphone users these days search wide array of topics on their mobile phones. Among all, 57% of the mobile users search for news 51% search for dining, 49% for entertainment and 47% for shopping.
In order to create a niche for themselves the retailers across the globe have launched their mobile offers and around 83% of the top retailers are providing at least one mobile offering. Out of all the retailers, 66% have their presence on iPhone app, 49% on Android App and 67% have their mobile optimized site.
Role of Mobiles in Political Area:
Out of every 10 people in 2012 presidential donor, one has made contribution via text message or a mobile application. Around 10 million Americans have made their individual contributions to Obama through which $1BN was raised. As per a study, in order to get the political information and have discussion with the others, around 37% of voters make use of their mobile phones.
World of Android:
Android holds around 39% of the share in the smartphone OS market which puts in on the top position as compared to iPhone, Blackberry and Windows OS which have a market share of 28%, 20% and 9% respectively. Among the list of the top 10 Android phones comes the name of models like HTC Thunderbolt, T-Mobile G2x, Motorola Atrix, Samsung Charge, Samsung Epic 4G and others.
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