Here is why Smartphone look alike and what you probably don’t know

Have you ever wonder why most smartphones look alike?
We will looking at that but first like look at a brief history about smartphone

HISTORY

smartphone is a portable computer device that combines mobile telephone and computing functions into one unit. In the 2000s,NTT DoCoMo’s i-mode platform, BlackBerry, Nokia’s Symbian platform, and Windows Mobile began to gain market traction, with models often featuring QWERTY keyboards or resistive touchscreen input, and emphasizing access to Push email and wireless internet.

The development of the smartphone was enabled by several key technological advances. The exponential scaling and Miniaturization of MOSFETs (MOS transistors) down to sub-micron levels during the 1990s–2000s (as predicted by Moore’s law) made it possible to build portable smart device such as smartphones.

Now let get down to business All of these phones were created in 2018. They were created by 14 different companies. Why do they all look alike? The modern smartphone can be described in three ways, a large screen, a notch, and no headphone jack. It’s no surprise that smartphones didn’t always look like this. But, how did we end up with this glass slab design? In 1994, IBM released what is known to be the first smartphone. The Simon Personal Communicator had a monochrome LCD and stylus. It was a smart capabilities, like sending emails and faxes. Compared to other phones at the time, the Simon put more focus on the screen. The body of the phone was just a shell. This balance might remind you of a popular smartphone.

In 2007, the release of the iPhone started a design trend that has lasted more than a decade. Instead of having a full keyboard or complicated design, the iPhone stripped away most of the hardware, and instead focused on the touchscreen. Buttons can be limiting. They’re defined when a phone is created and can’t be changed, but software and apps can be changed, and updated with new features. Over time, hardware and accessories didn’t catch on. But, thousands of new apps were released every single day. Apps can change and evolve, and they’ve become the reason why we use our phones. A few years after the iPhone, companies like Samsung and Motorola followed Apple’s lead, and created phones with big screens and buttons on the sides and bottom. As technology improved, phones have gotten thinner, larger screens, and  powerful processors. Phones continue to have fewer buttons, but the design remains very similar to the original iPhone. So, what’s so special about this glass rectangle?

“I think all smartphones look the same, because of two key reasons. One of them is the humans that are using them, are pretty much all the same. So, therefore, there’s not a lot of variation that a manufacturer can do from the human perspective.”

Neil Mansfield is a professor at Nottingham Trent University. He was the one that explained what people want more than anything is a phone that they can comfortably hold them and easily put in their pocket.

The other aspect of it is being driven by the technology that’s available. If you can only manufacture batteries of a certain  factor, that’s gonna drive how big the phone can be and the shape of the phone. If you can only make a screen of a certain  factor, it’s exactly the same. And that’s why we see phones that are flat, why we see phones follow that rectangular shape.

New phones are released every day/month, but manufacturers are limited by the currently available technology. Take the notch, for example. It looks odd, and can be distracting, but it has useful features like front-facing cameras, sensors, and speakers. Several companies have tried to use hardware tricks to get rid of the notch, but until technology advances, we’re stuck with it on mainstream phones. Apart from technological challenges, trends play a serious role in phone design. it’s clear that Apple has been the trendsetter. Apple usually isn’t always first, but when they add or take away some features, other companies tend to follow. Samsung, for example, began pushing their screen to the edge before Apple, and so far, they have even avoided including a notch on their phones. But, companies haven’t followed Samsung’s design, they’ve picked Apple’s. But, there actually are some benefits to phones looking similar. It’s easier for consumers to switch from one phone to another. But, the trouble with these similar designs is the lack of innovation. Critics have called out Android manufacturers for missing an opportunity to avoid the notch and adopt a new design, separate from Apple’s. If companies aren’t willing to innovate, new phone models will always seem the same, giving consumers no reason to upgrade.. How do you know if the latest LG phone is better than the latest Google phone, if they both look the same? But, maybe this is it? Have we seen the peak of our smartphone design yet? by the exponential speed of technological improvements, probably not. Future advancements in technology could seriously change the way our phones look.

“As we get new materials or batteries, as we get new technology rolling out for displays, that’s gonna allow the phone designers and the manufacturers to be more creative in what they do.”

But, as for now, most companies are trying to change as much as they can inside the box they are given.
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