Smartphones are here to stay as they make our lives easier. But these gadgets have a lot of interesting facts that you should know. The first phone was very heavy, but there are other facts that are interesting too. The history of the cell phone is full of outstanding feats, and you will learn more about them here. We are going to talk a little bit about 10 amazing facts you probably don’t know about mobile phones, so read on to find out more about this amazing subject.
1. The First Mobile Phone Call Was Made in 1973
Martin Cooper placed the first mobile phone call to Dr. Joel Engel during an experiment at Bell Labs in April, 1973. the call was made with a Motorola Dyan TAC, which was the first mobile phone ever created.
2. IBM Made the First SmartPhone
International Business Machines (IBM) made the first smartphone in 1994. As you can note, the smartphone is only 22 years old, so there is a lot of future for this amazing gadget. The second code name was Simon Personal Communicator, though Angler was the gadget’s first code name.
3. Waterproof SmartPhones
In Japan, 90% of smartphones are waterproof. What? Yeah, you’ve heard it right. Why? This is because most people there are very fond of these gadgets and, as a result, they use them even while taking a bath. Crazy right? Well, that’s what some people tend to do when they love something.
4. 37.4 Million iPhones Sold in 2012
Apple is one of the most successful tech firms in history, and the iPhone is one of their most successful products. In fact, the Cupertino firm sold 37.04 million iPhones in fourteen weeks in 2012. As you might have figured out, that’s 262 iPhones per minutes or four per second.
5. The Most Expensive Phone is Worth $15.3 million
Apple has the most expensive smartphone for sale on Earth and it is worth $15.3 million. What? You’ve heard right away. That’s a lot of money but some people are lucky enough to afford this black-diamond-coated iPhone that just looks gorgeous.
6. Cells and Cell Phones
Cell phones got their name from a very simple fact. Telecom firms used to divide up areas served by towers into what they called “cells.” So the word “cellular” was in fashion in 1977. The word “cell phone” was first documented in 1984.
7. The First Phone Weighted 2.4 Pounds
The first phone in history weighted 2.4 pounds. That’s right, and that seems a little bit crazy these days. Let’s give you a brief comparison here. The iPhone 6 weighs 0.24 pounds. As you can see, the first phone might have help you work out a little bit.
8. Android is King
Among mobile operating systems, Android is king as it has 84.7% market share. If you think that Google owns Android, you are dead wrong, as Android is an open-source project meaning that anyone can modify this operating system at any time.
Nomophobia is the fear of not having cell phone signal or being unable to receive or make cell phone calls. However, some people say that this is just normal anxiety and that the word “phonia” is somewhat misleading.
10. Trillions of Messages
Did you know that the world sent 9 trillion messages in 2013 alone? That’s true. This amounts to 1,200 text messages a person on Earth each and every year. This is amazing, isn’t it? However, this number is declining as people move on to iMessages, WhatsApp and many other mobile apps that make messaging a cinch.
As you can see, phones have a long history. However, this history is full of amazing facts. Though Android is king among mobile operating systems, iOS is very powerful. IBM is a huge company but they are not competing with Apple or Sony in the smartphone business today, and that’s another weird fact you should bear in mind too. Apple and Samsung are kings when it comes to selling smartphones, but other companies are working hard to steal market share from these powerful firms. Remember that the Japanese love waterproof smartphones, and keep this in mind if you are going to take a trip to this Asian country soon. Billions of people own mobile phones these days, and that´s amazing. Companies in every corner of the globe are working hard to make more people buy smartphones, which will make the world a better place for you and me down the road.