From the middle of New York City on April 3, 1973, Martin Cooper, a Motorola employee, dialed the number of his company’s headquarters of Bell Labs, New Jersey from his Motorola DynaTAC 8000X. With that ring, the first mobile phone call was placed, and a wave of technological transformation began to swell.
Primitive Cell Phone Technology
Marketed in 1983, the first commercial cell phone Cooper used weighed more than two pounds and retailed for an exorbitant $3,995.00. The battery charge allowed for nearly 30 minutes of talking time.
Mobility in the Modern Age
Now, 40 years later, from the iPhone to the Droid, cell phones are as affordable as deli sandwiches, last for a full 24 hours without being charged and are used for far more than calling and sending text messages. Mobile devices are integrated into our lives as much as our family members; they’ve become an extension of the user, multifunctional at levels beyond mere communication thanks to the development of mobile applications, or “apps.”
The Original App Store
When first-generation mobile phones were being developed, trade secrets were safeguarded, and software was developed in-house to eliminate the risk of potential exposure to competitors. During this period, mobile phone companies were doing their best to stand out as the number one provider. In order to do so, they created games for users to play. For example, Nokia famously implemented the 1970s video game “Snake” on its earliest phones. Other games like Pong and Tetris were quick to follow. The value in the games gave people a reason to purchase cell phones aside from communication, inherently transforming the way people viewed communication.
A Demand for Supply
Soon, customers demanded more games and more features to be added to their cellular devices. This need substantiated growth for cell phone features that are now commonplace, such as the Internet, music and built-in camera.
Real-Time Apps for Real-Life Application
From sports fans and shoppers to industry professionals and students, mobile apps are revolutionizing our day-to-day lives. Just visit the AppStore and you’ll find thousands of helpful apps to help with weight loss, apps for ebooks and streaming music, and even apps that consolidate your flight and hotel accommodations for simple travel.The mobility movement is growing each day with the advent of new ideas that transform into real-world apps across all facets of life for continual improvement and productivity. This includes the mortgage industry, which is why we transformed the home buying process to become mobile-friendly. Join the mobile app revolution and see how simple it can be to conduct business.