This is part one in a two-part series about why smartphones are becoming our main tech devices.
A black hole is a region of space having a gravitational field so intense that no matter or radiation can escape (Oxford Dictionary definition).
No intention of sounding pretentious, I cannot help thinking that a similar phenomenon is already going on with smartphones over other devices, electronic or not, that used to be part of our lives. Thus, there’s an ongoing process of integration of lots of tasks that, until now, required different devices to carry them out. For example, calculator, GPS, notebook, PC’s, camera, mp3 players, physical maps, agenda, books…
The assimilation of that issues has been only possible thanks to the smartphone apps. That’s probably the best gift that Steve Jobs has bequeathed to humanity due to all what it implies. Android took that idea and turned it upside down to give it back open-sourced aiming to be the actual catch-all OS.
The apps are the mean to provide our smartphone of new functionalities, as we used to do with our PC’s by installing software. The main difference lies precisely on the mobility. Ok, it’s true that laptops are also mobile. However, they aren’t as mobile as smartphones are (you cannot bring a laptop in your pocket, unless you have a big one). In a nutshell, the smartphone is the natural consequence of the technological evolution of the last times. First, came the revolutionary PC, then the spreading of the Internet, next we assimilate both elements in our lives to the point that we needed to carry them everywhere, so the laptops came up.Smartphones rid ourselves of the laptop’s backpack and then we met real mobility with no leaks on technological potential.
So, here we are. Size doesn’t matter anymore. What users expect from manufacturers is enhancing current hardware constantly (battery, graphics, screens) and, what they expect from developers is to provide their smartphones with more and more new functionalities that allow them to empty their pockets of gadgets. And that’s where apps come in, as virtual gadgets into an all-in-one mobile device: your Android. Users want it all, and want it now. Are out there developers willing to cover that huge market niche?
This is the first part of the article. The second part will be post tomorrow, 20/01 Friday: a compilation of must-have Android apps that free us from only-one-task devices.