Smartphones are being consumed at a rate that outmatches the consumption of traditional PCs. If we take a look at the big picture of Technology, those devices are so new and have grown in such a brisk pace, that much of the general population hasn’t really taken note of what’s going on around them. So, without further ado, here are some interesting smartphone facts and information for you guys.
NASA uses them as cheap satellites.
The smartphone industry has pushed the boundaries of low-cost high-performance solutions so far, that the average smartphone has more computing power and memory than the average satellite. In addition to this fact, smartphones already have a GPS, multiple accelerometers, motion sensors, radio receivers and much more for well under $1000 US dollars. NASA noticed this unique anomaly in modern technology and in 2009 they created the project ” Phonesat “. This is an ongoing experiment that uses smartphones as a satellite onboard computer. There have been numerous versions launched as new phones are released. The orbital lifespan is said to be around a year.
Smartphones are the fastest growing industry in human history.
Today that industry is worth around $300 billion US dollars. To really figure out just how enormous that is, we have to compare it to the next such big thing that humanity has seen – the PC market. Set side by side to the PC market, the smartphone industry has been growing at a rate of four times the maximum rate of PC growth. In January 2014, for the first time in human history, the mobile phone internet usage surpassed PC internet usage. In the time period between 1975 and 2008 $1 billion PCs were sold. This covers desktops, laptops, servers and everything combined. Contrasting to that, smartphone sales reached $1 billion in just 2013 alone.
Smartphones are getting more and more popular with low-cost high-performance options such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Nexus 5. In addition to this, the so-called developing nations are absolutely loving that kind of tech. India, for example, has the quickest growing smartphone market in the world.
Smartphones are actually slowly changing the world. In 2014 mobile traffic is almost 15% of the continent of Africa’s data use. Around 70% of the people in Egypt say they don’t even touch desktop or laptops to access the web, they only use mobile. In 2012 a study from the University of Colorado found, that the average person belonging to generation Y, ( The generation of smartphones ) has their phones with them 91% of the day and it is very likely to use their phones to meet up with each other, settle arguments, or solve unexpected problems. Generation Y and Z has grown up with the internet and the smartphone was basically the next logical step. Some say that is making this generation less social, but that is really up to the individual.
Things you no longer need because of smartphones.
Smartphones have made huge dents in the sales of point and shoot cameras, camcorders, newspapers, print media in general, netbooks, portable game systems, mp3 players and basically most things you can think of. Now, of course, the smartphone wouldn’t be able to do this by itself, its the smartphone plus the collective knowledge everyone through the internet that has caused this shift. Normally if you didn’t know who someone is or was, you can just google it or search it up and without the internet, this is not an option.
Your smartphone is more powerful than you think.
This is going to blow your mind. For this fact, we have to go back on a journey through time and space. The year is 1946 and on this eon the first-ever general-purpose fully electronic computer was created. Its name is ENIAC. That first computer took up an entire room and required colossal amounts of energy just to complete 385 calculations per second. Fast forward to 2013 and the Snapdragon 800 chip, that is not uncommon in many smartphones, can do 28 billion calculations per second. In other words, it would take about 72 million ENIAC computers just to make up the power of 1 smartphone chip. Let’s push this fact a little bit further.
That’s over two billion tonnes of ENIAC computer components and you don’t even want to guess how much space this will take up. All practicality aside, if you could place all these computers back to back and as close as you can get them, all the components together will take up a landmass of 11.8 thousand km2. This equates to half the state of West Virginia and the interesting fact is that all that power now can fit on your fingernail.
Your smartphone is a PC
By definition, your smartphone is a PC. “PC” is the acronym for “personal computer” in case you didn’t know. If you plug a smartphone into a monitor, and with the help of a mouse and a keyboard you can actually get some productivity tasks done, comfortably. Still, people aren’t using smartphones primarily for work. The main use of that tech is in productivity, it’s social, news, location, and entertainment for a lot of folks.
In the end, the smartphone has become like an extension of ourselves and with its power growing each year, we may one day have access to all we need at the touch of our fingertips.
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