Smartphone infographic is out of this world

Smartphone infographic is out of this world
A new infographic from Dialaphone shows the evolution of the smartphone starting with 1993's IBM Simon and working down to the Apple iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S III. It also lists some of the newer features that smartphone users take for granted these days like 4G connection speeds, touchscreens and NFC. Below that is a clever timeline detailing the important technological advances made in music, communications and storage.

Using technology as a whole planet, the timeline shows the changes in those three categories as moons circulating the planet. In music, we go from vinyl records in the 1970's to MP3 players out just after the turn of the century, to mobile apps with cassette tapes and CDs in between. Communications starts with paper mail (snail mail to you geeks) and progresses to mobile email, instant messaging and social networks in the 21st Century. Storage starts with floppy discs and runs up to today's cloud based storage.

Near the bottom of the infograph is a section about the Global Impact of Smartphones which gives us some interesting trivia. For example, 80% of smartphone users in the states don't leave home without their smartphone. The average U.S. smartphone owner has 23 apps installed on his/her device. In the U.K., 33% of smartphone owners are between 25-34 and 80% of the region's smartphone users regularly visit social networks like Twitter or Facebook. In Germany, 90% of smartphone users use their handset for entertainment. In Spain, 58% use the search function on their smartphone daily while in the United Arab Emirates, 84% use their smartphone to watch television and video.

Next, a graph breaks down OS use by region. No surprises here as Android leads in most countries (U.S., Japan, China and Australia) with iOS claiming the U.K., Sweden and Germany. This is followed by the advancements we have made in network speeds, evolving from 1G to 4G. And the bottom of the graph lists some of today's processors and the devices that run on them. For example, the Samsung Exynos is used on the Samsung GALAXY Note and the Samsung Galaxy S III. The Qualcomm Snapdragon powers the HTC One S, the TI OMAP powers the Huawei Ascend P1, the NVIDIA Tegra 3 is under the hood of the HTC One X (international edition) and the Apple A Series can be found on the Apple iPhone 4S (and the Apple iPhone 5, of course).

One look at the infograph shows how far we've come. Considering the achievements made in a short time, can you imagine where we will be just 5 years from now?

source: Dialaphone via IntoMobile



1. ilia1986 unregistered

Eeep error! iPhone 3GS is not powered by an Ax chip, but actually by a Samsung S5PC100

2. wendygarett unregistered

Of course!!! Apple change the world by release the first iPhone five years ago... And that's why the smartphone change drastically this five years...

3. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Are you sure apple started it all?

4. thelegend6657 unregistered

YES . Apple started it with the iPhone . Thats why rival products are sometimes called the iPhone killer . However now in 2012 android products have long killled the iPhone .

5. mobileharan

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Apple did not start it for sure ... The path was already made by Nokia , BB , LG and Sony through which smartphones are going to rule the world ... But something was missing in their smartphones which did not reach people that well ... Then Apple just brought that missing part in the smartphones and just completed the term smart .. So Apple has helped in clearing the obstacles there in the path and made the change come fast ...

19. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

You left out a few Major players ; these Big Boys are the ones who change the world!!..not some stupid company that put others companies feature together. 1.Bell lab( AT&T) 2.Motorola 3.Palm

9. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Many people started it before, but Apple made it popular enough to start a rush of development in the field.

11. wendygarett unregistered

Nokia started it :) And blackberry replace Nokia :) But Apple manage to change the world :) And android successfully replace Apple To become the most useful os in the universe :) I can bet even the outsider (aliens) admire androids system :) That's all I can say...

18. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Yes Apple Change the world; by combinding several phone feature into one!!;... This is your Iphone Ladies and Gentlemen: The Name (Iphone)--------- Cisco Icons-----------------------------Xerox Shape/touch Screen-------- LG Prada Slide to unlock----------- Neonode N1M 3G----------------------------Samsung/Motorla/Noki​a Chip--------------------------Samsung Good Mapping system--Google Marketing-------------------Apple/Job Fail mapping system----Apple If you remove anyone of these companies from the equation..there will NOT BE an Iphone!! Go ahead take one out, I dare you Alan & Wendy

22. applesauce

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Don't forget, Chinese-made OS from a restrictive kernel

23. wendygarett unregistered

And I also dare you that android will not exist if Steve job died five years earlier :) No iPhone, means no android... Nokia RIM FTW!!! And no fanboys wars everywhere!!! Happily ever after!!! The end :D

26. bachelorrn0121

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Nope.. Android started in 2003 and google buy it in 2005.. so android is first

29. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

What are you talking about??? What does steve jobs have to do with the existence of android???

27. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

It's amazing how many Americans think Apple pioneered all this s**t. Newsflash: many of the feature phones in Japan could've been considered smartphones. Then we have Nokia's line of phones, WinMo (especially HTCs), Blackberry, and Palm. Palm was one of the larger contributers.

28. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Also, smartphones were strictly for business use as Data plans and phones were quite expensive for the average consumer, not to mention the lack of higher speed wireless data in the US. there was really no need for a flashy UI.

30. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

More like Apple polluted the world when they released the iPhone! What did they change? How can they change anything for the world if they can't even change their own stuff like iPhone design and iOS UI????

6. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

5 years? That's a long time in technology. *I won't go into processors and RAM :p But here are some things that are possible in the next five years (i think): -Terrabites of storage -Hi-res and full featured camera modules -Smaller but longer lasting batteries -Super resolutions (you can't differentiate from paper) -Even faster connectivity -Stronger and materials Some devices that can be replaced by smartphones: -Point and shoot digicams (DSLR/SLR quality and capability possible in 5 years) -dedicated Music players -dedicated Video players -GPS devices -paper maps (not in iOS6) -PDAs -Laptops/Desktops (partially now, but possible in the next 5 years) -TVs (in some areas) -Flashlights?

7. Angkor

Posts: 108; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Apple invent iPhone full touch screen but it doesn't meant that others couldn't produced their own phone. Rotten Apple should file lawsuits to all smartphone makers not just Samsung.

20. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

IBM released the first smart phone called Simon, which featured a touch screen interface that allowed users to dial phone numbers. In 1996, Palm entered the PDA market and advanced touch screen technology with its Pilot series. So no APPLE DID NOT invent the touch screen!! Please people STOP SAYING THIS!!

24. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Didn't invent but definitely made it usable, so you might as well say they did invent it.

31. bongo3

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Apple doesn't invent anything. They buy or blatantly rip off other's ideas add a few tweaks then market the s**t out of it as being new and revolutionary. Apple is the Industrial version of Thomas Edison. What Apple did with the iPhone was give a main stream audience a simplified touch screen interface with large finger friendly icons. The "revolution" in smartphone tech the iPhone started was in reality the dumbing down of smartphones. Sure you can watch movies, listen to music, browse th web, and purcase apps- but you could do that with virtually any other smartphone prior to iPhone's launch. You just needed to enter your media manually. Thank God Google pushed Android and let OEM's and developers advance it to what it is. No locked down b/s os for me!

8. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Great, but the OS use by region needs a major update - Android actually has a clear lead in all markets, even the U.S.

10. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I find it kind of odd that there's no iOS share in Australia...

13. chemhaz

Posts: 161; Member since: May 04, 2012

Its an error, I'm surrounded iShyte on the train ride into work... not so much at work though, they my work colleagues have me around to show them the way of the Snapdragon.

25. Aeires unregistered

And yet it's grey in the global map portion of the image. Should be green.

14. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Now,what next? TARDIS phone?

15. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Singularity ....meh

16. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

w8 based on the chart above did something happened to iOS in Australia or I just missed something here. . .

17. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I can't even imagine us 3 years from now since technology is sooo fast these days!!

21. kurejikame

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

I believe the infograph says the average smartphone user in the U.S. has over 28 apps installed not 23.

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