Smartphone- Little history before present

Now, this might be a bit boring but still worth reading. We know that you visited here to know how smartphone and technology works. But knowing a little bit about the past of the evolution of the Digital Revolution will, undoubtedly, be a nice idea. So, let us get on with it.

So, it was all started with two geniuses namely Nikola Tesla and Theodre Paraskevakos independently conceptualizing the groundbreaking idea of combining the technology of Telephony and Computing in 1909 and 1971 respectively. In fact, Paraskevakos was the first one to introduce the concept of intelligence, Data Processing and Visual Display Screens into telephones.

Nikola Tesla
Theodre Paraskevakos

Continuing the streak, it was in 1992 when the first PDA (Personal Digital Assisstant) was prototyped by IBM which was made available to the consumers under the marketing term “Simon Personal Communicator”. Another interesting thing is that the term  “smartphone” first appeared in the print media in 1995 for describing AT &T’s “Phone Writer Communicator”.

IBM’s Simon Personal Communicator

But even after so much research and investment, the devices were not gaining popularity. The entire scenario changed after NTT DoCoMo, a Japanese firm released the first smartphone in 1999. These devices ran on i-mode, which provided data transmission speeds upto 9.6 kilo bits per second. In fact, NTT DoCoMo had 40 million customers by the end of 2001.

Some smartphone related statistics :

  • By the 3rd quarter of 2012, one billion smartphones were in use worldwide.
  • Globally smartphone sales surpassed the sales figures for regular cell phones in early 2013.

Some smartphone related facts :

  • The first Linux based smartphone was launched by Motorola in 2003 named as A760.
  • Apple Inc. jumped into the smartphone business in 2007 when they launched their first iPhone in 2007.
  • In 2013, 4G LTE and Motion Sensors came into being.


After this little history, let us now start with the actual thing.