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Smartphone OS: A 22-Year History

Join us on the following pages as we explore some of the most influential smartphone companies and their operating systems. You'll learn just how far we've come since the first smartphone was released a mere 22 years ago.
1993 – DOS
1999 - Windows CE
2000 – Symbian
2002 - BlackBerry OS
2002 - Palm OS/WebOS
Apple iOS
Android
Windows Phone
MeeGo
Firefox OS
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It's difficult to remember life without the smartphone. Younger generations often ask their elders: How did we stay in touch with friends and business colleagues/clients without email and social networks? Or: How did we ever know where we were going without Google Maps and GPS? And, my favorite: What did we do when we were sitting around, waiting for the airplane/bus/meeting/etc.?

Surprisingly enough, we did manage to get by without smartphones. Even more surprising is just how quickly the smartphone has established itself in our daily lives. One way to see just how far we've come is to look at the history of the smartphone OS itself. It's a pretty interesting journey full of ups and downs to finally arrive at where we are today. And where will the smartphone OS go from here? It's really anyone's guess.

Join us on the following pages as we explore some of the most influential smartphone companies and their operating systems. You'll learn just how far we've come since the first smartphone was released a mere 22 years ago. If you're like me, it will bring back fond memories of smartphones past. And remind you of all the smartphone operating systems you loved (or hated). It's also a good reminder of how competitive the smartphone industry was, and remains. Companies such as Palm and Nokia, which were once considered to be titans of the emerging smartphone industry, essentially crashed and burned because of which smartphone OS they chose to support.

While you enjoy this history lesson of the smartphone OS, please think about your favorite (or most hated) smartphone OS. Also, consider the current state of the smartphone OS, and what you'd like to see from your smartphone in the future. Are current trends dictating that our phones will soon be attached to our wrists in watch form? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

 
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