The smartphone as we know it was born on January 9, 2007.
That’s the day Apple’s Steve Jobs took the stage at Macworld and announced that the company would release a mobile phone, the iPhone.
Since the mid 2000’s, the industry—especially in terms of software, apps, and web interactivity—design has absolutely boomed and gone through immense advancements in every way imaginable way.
With the rising advancement of high-speed, large-bandwidth mobile networks like 3G, WiFi, and 4G, consumers can access the web on their smartphones as quickly and reliably as they can via a normal computer.
- The First Cellular Networks
Starting from simple wireless analog-based (1G) portable phones, it wasn’t until the late 1990’s that cell phones turned into more sophisticated devices as the technology inside them started to spawn an ever larger number of features (features that nonetheless seem basic by today’s standards).
- 2G/GSM Networks and the Rise of Mobile Media
It wasn’t until the mid to late 1990’s that a new communications network, known as GSM—or 2G, as it was less often called—began to develop in which more mobile services could be offered.
- 3G Arrives
It wasn’t until the early 2000’s, with the development and service offering of the first 3G wireless digital networks that true smartphones arrived.
- 4G Replacing 3G
Currently, even 3G itself is being slowly replaced by the much more powerful, purely packet-switching-based, data optimized 4G network.
- Mobile Website Design
Finally, the last major branch of the mobile development landscape—with the enormous growth similar to that of mobile device development—is mobile website design.