(The Gist of Science Reporter) Smartphones: Changing Paradigms  [MARCH-2018]

(The Gist of Science Reporter) Smartphones: Changing Paradigms


Smartphones: Changing Paradigms

THE world’s first mobile phone call was made on 3 April 1973. Martin Cooper, a senior engineer at Motorola, called a rival telecommunications company from a phone that weighed a staggering 1.1kg and measured 228.6x127x44.4mm. This device took 10 hours to charge and the talk-time you got was only 30 minutes!

In India, the first mobile call was made on 31 July 1995, between Writer’s Building in Kolkata and Sanchar Bhavan in New Delhi when the then Union Telecom Minister Sukh Ram spoke to the then Chief Minister of West Bengal Jyoti Basu. Just about 20 years back the mobile phone was a symbol of luxury in India. Most people had not even seen one, let alone own it. A new mobile phone was a pampered member of the family although it delivered just one service allowing the user to call while on the go. Even the smallest of animations on the black and white display seemed amazing, and the monophonic ringtones were catchy enough for that time. Issues like heating up of the handset, application hanging, etc. were unheard of during those days, and the market for mobile phone accessories was yet in its infancy.

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