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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At the close of the decade, the fight continues to be between these two operating systems in which app exclusivities have been left in the background, as developers today launch their programs for both, especially for the unification of iOS and Android reach.
This 2019, Huawei, the second largest cell phone manufacturer in the world, launched its own cross-platform operating system in the context of the commercial war with the United States. It's still not clear if it's a serious bet for your cell phones.
Cell phones from 10 years ago did not have the need to integrate large storage capacities, mainly because their characteristics, as explained, did not demand that the user become a content creator or save content in streaming, like videos and music. Even so, the periodic need to delete messages (SMS) to free up space was not strange.
The reality has changed considerably. Today, the maximum capacity that the iPhone 4 (2010), 32 GB presumes, will not help much for the average user, the one who can have up to 80 applications and hundreds of images. That is why mid-range phones, such as the Moto G8 Plus and Xiaomi Mi 9, consider 64 GB of base, while the high-end phones rise to 128 and 256 GB, in the case of the Huawei P30 and iPhone 11 respectively.
Advanced Power Load
In the end, much of the smartphones they continue to depend on the cables to fill with energy, as they did 10 years ago; the difference is that they now use the fast charge (or as each manufacturer calls it) so that the user can have his cell phone ready in less time. This is what Motorola did this 2019 with its One Hyper, which, in addition to being notable for its retractable camera, includes superfast load of 45 watts, which translates into 12 hours of autonomy with only 10 minutes of connection to the stream.
Reversible charging is also another interesting development in the industry, since the phones that include it can pass energy to compatible headphones or other phones without the intervention of any cable. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro (2018), in its presentation, displayed this feature by recharging an iPhone X (2017) directly.
Streaming content playback
Nobody is going to buy a big phone, it was one of the controversial statements made by Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple himself, after presenting the iPhone 4 (2010), which had a 3.5-inch screen. However, a year later the Galaxy Note arrived with a display 5.3 inches, to open the category of phablet.
Today, high-end phones are like small TVs of last generation, with screens above 6 inches, including the iPhone 11 (2019), refresh rate of up to 90 Hz, such as the Pixel 4 XL and OnePlus 7 Pro, and compatibility with HDR10. That is to say, they are ready to grant the best experience in the reproduction of content in streaming, in addition to the current connection technologies allow it.
Interconnection with the smart home
While the Bluetooth standard, in its different versions, remains the point of connection between the cell phone and various gadgets, this demand that the devices are in the same physical space. Now, with the rise of products capable of connecting to the network, it is possible to manage them even when the user is kilometers away; You can turn on the house lights at night when you are on vacation, or feed and see your pet when you are in the office, all through mobile apps.
The phone is the neuron that allows people to develop various actions within their home, something they did not even imagine 10 years ago with teams struggling to offer, for example, a fairly “dignified” internet browsing experience.