Mobile phones are known as cell phones in North America, and this name has now been common in much of the world now. They are nothing but a portable telephone, unlike traditional telephone which is not portable, that can both receive and make calls to and from different telephone connections, both portable and non-portables. The calls are made and receive via a radio frequency system extended by any respective mobile phone service provider. Modern phones seem to be using cellular network architecture, which is why they are called as cell phones, or cellular telephones. Right from the very start mobile phone were supposed to be fulfilling some of the most necessary functions, such as voice calls, texting, and MMS, email and internet connection. However, those functions were largely restricted to the era of 2000s. in addition mobile phones, ubiquitous around that time also catered to short-range wireless communications ( Bluetooth, infrared), besides accommodating and catering to videos games, digital photography and various kinds of business applications. There is difference in names of those mobile which are limited in their applicability and those which offer advanced functions. Types of mobile Phones Smart Phones These kinds of mobile phones have numerous and most distinguishing features. Those are measured by International Telecommunication Union with the help of internet connection, which it labels as Active Mobile-Broadband subscription. Their use is so widespread in developed world, that they have replaced much of earlier mobile system, whereas it accounts to only 50% in much of the developing world. Featured Phones Around fifty percent of mobile users use featured phones. The biggest reasons behind widespread use of featured phones in developing world are both the cost and use of smartphones. As both the poor and illiterate masses cannot buy and use it correspondingly. They are limited in capability in comparison with smartphones. By and large they provide voice calls, and texting facilities, besides basic internet and multimedia capabilities. 3G Phones Phones designed to work on the 3G system. 3G opens up faster communication and browsing speed. Phones frequently feature internet browsing and video call. Tablets Tablet is a combination of a smartphone and computer. They are chiefly separated by their screen size, which ranges from 5-7 inches, are ideal for seeing movies, reading electronic Books and working with other apps. Accessories included in smartphones are Screen protectors, Protective cases, Smart tags, Stands, Rapid phone charger, Dashboard or bike mounts, USB phone charger, Wireless Bluetooth headphones, External batteries and Selfie sticks. Market Overview
- It is now a fact that more than half of the world now uses smartphones.
- Whereas two-third of the world population now is believed to be using mobile phone.
- The surprising news is that however more than half of the world internet traffic now comes from mobile phones.
- Similarly, more than fifty percent of mobile connections all around the world are now based on broadband technology.
- The users of social media and mobile social media rose by more than double the number which was given last year.
It is now estimated that 67.1 percent of world population would be using mobile phones by the year 2019.The graph below indicating the Percentage of people using mobile phone from 2013 to 2019. Global Smartphone Trends 2017 and key sellers Latest research published by IEH Markit, discloses that the global market of smartphones grew by 6.1 % in 2017, to 366 million sums up from 345 million units in the quarter year-ago, along with that total no of mobile phone users reached at 2.1 billion .Here are the key market trends and their key sellers: 1. Apple After the launch of iPhone 8, Apple sold its shipments by 2.6% over a year or two. Their other products like I phone x also was the leading demand and captured the market The reported growth of apple is 2.6 % in unit shipments for the quarter, shipping 46.7 million units in Q3 2017 compared to 45.5 million units in the year-ago quarter. Apple was able to reverse its recent performance in China and grow overall revenue in this market 12 percent year-over-year. In the meantime, Apple Inc’s shares high record on Friday, estimating the profit of $1 trillion. 2. Xiaomi Xiaomi secured top 5 spot with significant growth in year-after-year of 111.2 percent, increasing from 13.1 million units in Q3 2016 to 27.6 million units in the last quarter. Xiaomi’s profit beats Vivo and secured a position of top five. Vivo fell to the number-six position with 25.4 million units shipped. 3. Samsung Samsung dispatched 83.4 million smartphones units up to 7.7 percent in the year ago. Reason of 77.5 million units was Solid marketing and sales of the new J series, following the launch of Galaxy Note 8 which was also a big hit, and helped deliver 23 percent back to back years and growth of revenue was up to 27.2 trillion KRW (Korean Republic Won). 4. Huawei Huawei maintained its number-three position worldwide, shipping 39.1 million smartphone units in Q3 2017. Huawei’s market share amplified to 11 percent from a previous year. The company benefits for beings strong brand for its locals and dominance in local peer companies. Huawei continued to grow its international business. But Chinese Companies like Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo have gained more significance in the overseas markets. Xiaomi, for instance has announced their expansion into Spain in start of November 2017.Huawei released its up-to-date high-end flagship in October. 5. Oppo/Vivo Oppo and Vivo also experienced significant growth in Q3 of 2017, Oppo with 17.9 % ranging from 26.8 million units in 2016 to 31.6 million units in Q3 of 2017. The Chinese market chains the companies’ progress. Those Both companies marginally improved market profit from the previous year, with 9 and 7 percent respectively. 6. Others The remaining market decreased with 10.7 % includes Brands like TCL-Alcatel, Sony Coolpad, HTC and Meizu, practiced declines in the previous quarter. Many market leaders in Q4 2017 now presented their flagship devices at the end of the year. Furthermore, Apple is under pressure to sell more I phone 8 units as the demand is increasing along with continuing selling I phone x. The rest of the market is captured by Chinese brands like Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo, are showing growth. Future prospects: Key Features to expect in Future Smartphones
As the name proposes, this smartphones own smarter abilities than rest, along with, additional functions like web browsing, multimedia amusement, games it’s more like mini-computers, smart and small enough to fit in your pocket.
AR works on getting more information for users by merging computer data and what we see in real life. Its primary factor is limited recognition of ‘live’ views by using your phones camera.
In near future smartphones will be able to provide large screens for watching and playing movies & games while keeping a pocket fit size. Screens would be folded, unfolded and curved with the technology of Organic Light Emitting Diode.
Samsung will launch its feature of built-in Digital Light projector the future smartphones can be turned into a collaborating gaming support without needing a TV screen
Smartphones are already reached the topmost feature for screen resolution like take an example of Apple Retina Display screens that actually offers a resolution sharper than human eye. Yet advancement in features is 3D and 4D models with more accuracy. Impact of smartphone technologies on politics and economy Increasing technologies in smartphones have allowed everyone to engage themselves in political protests and merged themselves in decision making of political actions.becauae it’s now possible to share their opinions regarding politics immediately, take an example of The Arab Spring, which started in December 2010, indicated beginning of a new political landscape, was mainly powered by young activists by using Internet and social media they communicated without being bowdlerized by the government. Conclusion It is now explicit that both mobile phones and accessories seem to be working well in combination. In a way they seem to compliment well to each other. Modern accessories – which seem to be coming ever now and then, are observed to enhance your fun of mobile phones/ smartphone.