Get ready for the future of messaging
Clue: it will no longer be on the palm of your Hands. Here, An updated timeline…
These literally hip devices were the wearables of the 90’s yuppies, making them look and feel like doctors on call.
During the pager craze, you had to call an operator to send a message to someone, after which the receiver will sprint to the nearest landline in order to achieve contact.
The cell phone age
Nokia started a mobile revolution in ‘98. Its monochrome graphical displays were home to Snake, makeshift smileys (ü), ASCII art (_|_), and operator logos that charged the exorbitant amount of P25. For a decade, Nokia led the pack of cellular phones and changed the communication scene forever.
The world started to prefer SMS to audible conversations, and a “missed call” was a means to grab your crush’s attention. Mobile phones became so prevalent that theatres and schools began enforcing stringent rules on them!
Even the generous six-liner screen of the Nokia 7110 proved to be no match to the rising demand for colored and graphical interfaces. More and more phones were being loaded with features such as removable storage, music, and Internet capabilities. The world was thirsty for smarter devices.
RIM’S Blackberry was a hit among business-y folk and the Kardashians. Those who could afford to dispense upwards of 20 grand on a phone adored the full, tactile keyboard. E-mails were synced. PINS were exchanged. Blackberry’s exclusive messaging network only strengthened its allure. Like Casio’s Magic Diary, you could only exchange messages with someone with a Blackberry device.
Lots of phone manufacturers were eventually able to bump Nokia off the top of the mobile phone industry, but it wasn’t until the arrival of Apple’s iphone that the game truly changed. What once was a music player is now a communication device, and despite
• Crackberry Culture: • iphone:
the touchscreen keyboard learning curve, many consumers flocked to the iphone and never looked back. imessage, Facetime, and cuter emojis sealed the deal for loyal followers.
The iphone and Blackberry have closed operating systems and their pricey devices limited reaching a bigger consumer market. In 2005, Google bought open-source mobile OS, Android, which worked on more phones by more manufacturers. This had the smartphone nosediving into the mainstream, and crossplatform messaging apps like Whatsapp and Viber enable communications between Android and non-android users.
• Android Devices: The Habit:
Smartphones changed the way people look at each other, as in, we don’t really look at each other at all anymore! It seems that simple social graces were traded off for new conveniences, and addictive games.
Nokia's future in android
In what looks like a last-ditch effort to connect people, former industry giant Nokia has announced plans to launch Android-powered