Get ready for the fu­ture of mes­sag­ing

Clue: it will no longer be on the palm of your Hands. Here, An up­dated time­line…

FHM (Philippines) - - PULSE - words: Anne MARI Ron­quillo


Th­ese lit­er­ally hip de­vices were the wearables of the 90’s yup­pies, mak­ing them look and feel like doc­tors on call.

The Habit:

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 Habit:

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

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