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Ten things that cell phones from a decade ago could not do

Actually, a decade ago the question was what cell phones could do; today we must say that the real question is what can not carry out with its advanced specifications, both software and hardware. In this sense, we want to tell you 10 things that cell phones from 10 years ago could not do and that, in the present, already seem normal, from having intelligent assistance to offering real-time information.

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4G connection

While the deployment of the 4G network began in the early 2010s, it took a few more years for it to become a cell phone standard. The iPhone 3GS (2009) and iPhone 4 (2010), for example, were only compatible with 3G; It was until the iPhone 5 arrived, in 2012, when Apple opened the door to the LTE connection, an evolution of 3G.

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It can be said that 2019 represents the year of take-off of the 5G network, since the main operators in the United States have made it available to users. What comes next is that manufacturers, especially in 2020, present more smartphones and other devices compatible with the fifth generation of mobile phone technologies, which does not mean the end of 4G: there will be a coexistence of both until 5G becomes the standard. But still missing for that.

Smart assistance

A decade ago, the great advance of cell phones had to do more with hardware than with software; Users marveled at cameras with larger megapixels, larger screens (yes, less than 4 inches) with higher resolution, and even physical keyboards. Some examples: Palm Pre, Motorola Droid, Samsung Omnia II, Nokia N8 and LG Optimus T.

2019 closes with artificial intelligence butt on cell phones, mainly with Google Assistant and Siri, Apple, although Alexa has also been gaining ground as an application, there is even talk that his next big step is to anticipate what the user needs . In the decade that begins, surely, work will be done to make digital assistants even more intuitive, without implying an invasion of people's privacy. Or that, at least, we all hope.

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High quality photographs

A decade ago, cell phones presume cameras in which megapixels were highlighted, as if only that factor were the most important for obtaining quality images. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 (2010) had an amazing 8 megapixel main speech, while the HTC Hero, located as one of the best phones of 2009, came with a 5 megapixel camera.

The theme of megapixels is still latent, but, a decade later, it is striking that smartphones they use more artificial intelligence and multi-lens configurations to deliver quality photos, regardless of ambient conditions. To demonstrate this fact, there are the Huawei P30 and Mate 30, iPhone 11 and Pixel 4 series.

Demanding tasks

As we said at the beginning, more than saying what a cell phone can do today, the question is what they don't do. Due to its processors with artificial intelligence and high capacity RAM, to say the least, the user brings what could be considered an advanced pocket computer that allows him to edit videos and even run augmented reality applications, going through listening to music, editing images , make payments, find out the latest news, and much more.

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To put a reference of the progress that the phones have had in performance, the iPhone 4 (2010) integrated an Apple A4 chip and 512 MB RAM, while the first Galaxy S, a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM. These were cell phones with the latest technology.

Real-time communication

Video calls through different applications, transmissions (live) from virtually anywhere in the world, real-time geolocation In the end, one of the great promises of the 4G network was fulfilled in the decade that is about to conclude.

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Ten years ago it was not like that: voice calls and SMS were “the All” of communication through cell phones. In 2011, for example, more than 7 billion SMS messages were sent worldwide, while voice and data transfer was the great promise of the 3G network.

Multiplatform Applications

In addition to iOS and Android, 10 years ago there were other operating systems that sought to earn a place where it was becoming a more competitive market. There were the Palm Pre (2009) with Palm webOS, Nokia 700 (2011) with Symbian OS and BlackBerry Bold 9900 (2011) with BlackBerry OS, just to name a few.

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Each of these platforms had, more than apps, its own mobile creations, that is, the incipient terrain of application development was quite divided. And when you see what operating systems iOS and Android were going to prevail, the creators preferred to bet on Apple so as not to have to deal with the increasingly broad fragmentation of the Google ecosystem.