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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.
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3/23/2015 | 10:22:04 PM
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@andrew: That is true. You could just switch off your phone and nobody could track you, but now, with all the smart things and connected development, you cannot just vanish from work. I hate this system.
SachinEE
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3/23/2015 | 10:20:02 PM
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The really heart-string pulling OS was the Symbian. People just cannot forget how Nokia brought two of the most popular OS. In my opinion even MeeGo was good, although it was slow, atleast it could have been better if Nokia really gave it a chance. Maybe they would give it now, since Nokia has been split and now the non-Lumia part of the company can use MeeGo.
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3/18/2015 | 9:52:37 AM
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Well done! Some of those phones tugged at my heart strings. IThe Android had the modern look early on, but after a while, they all look the same.
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3/17/2015 | 11:12:40 PM
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@Andrew it is nice to take a phone detox once in a while! I did that for a week last summer on vacation; it was refreshing to take a few days off from alerts, calls and texts. 
Andrew Froehlich
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3/17/2015 | 9:17:52 PM
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@QPasha -- It is curious that we're sticking to the same general form-factor for 22 years. I personally think that there will be some sort of breakthrough which will change this...but I agree with you that a watch isn't it.
Andrew Froehlich
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3/17/2015 | 9:16:22 PM
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@vercan -- thanks for bringing up the Ubuntu phone. Let's see if it does better than a few of the other failed smartphone OS attempts as of late!
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3/17/2015 | 9:15:56 PM
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@Andrew Good for you! And it probably really is good for you as it shows you are not addicted to your phone the way so many people are today. I'm sure some develop withdrawal symptoms when they try to take a break. 
Andrew Froehlich
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3/17/2015 | 9:14:22 PM
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@Ariella - I'm right there with you. And honestly, sometimes I really do miss those pre-smartphone days. In fact, when I travel on vacation, I always make a point to go "off the grid" for at least a couple days. It really is refreshing!
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3/17/2015 | 9:29:41 AM
Smartphone OS: A 22-Year History
I think as human being we have limitation and we have reached it, we can make smaller cell phone but it's not practical as I said we have limitations. In the future we will see more features but the size I think will not chage to wrist watch.
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3/17/2015 | 9:24:46 AM
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You forgot to mention the Ubuntu phone, which has already released one low end model
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