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“The computer, media player, and cell phone are all converging into a single device as manufacturers aim to provide a complete experience for the consumer.” (2008)
Just four years later, a Pew Report published on July 11, 2011 observes:
The Pew Report also asked Americans to describe how they felt about their smartphones:
Then an explosion of cellular phones hit the market.
Recognize any of these?
A 2010 report from the National Literacy Trust in the UK observes that children are more likely to own a phone than a book. Hopefully, they are reading Harry Potter through their smartphone's e-reader app.
More surprising statistics:
We've come a long way from a foot long, 2 pound, $4000 phone.
Here are some definitions of mobile:
Mobile Device: A pocket-sized computing device, typically having a display screen with touch input and/or a miniature keyboard. Smartphones and PDAs are popular amongst those who require the assistance and convenience of certain aspects of a conventional computer, in environments where carrying one would not be practical. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_device
Mobile internet: Online access that occurs wirelessly using a handheld device or laptop computer. If home broadband is an "always on" connection, then mobile may be characterized as "always present" for users. http://www.pewinternet.org/topics/Mobile.aspx
Smartphone: “…typically runs its own operating system, has the ability to install applications, frequently sports a QWERTY keyboard, and offers device owners advanced features such as email, instant messaging, mobile Web browsing, office applications, expandable memory, and desktop synchronization.”
For more information:iPhone:
Cuddy, C. (2008). The iPhone in Medical Libraries. Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, 5(3), 287-292. doi:10.1080/15424060802222513 (Somewhat outdated but one of the first articles on iPhone in medical libraries.)
Android: Knapp, Maureen M. and Lloyd, Jennifer K. (2010 July). MOBILE COMPUTING IN THE LIBRARY: Droid Does? Developments in the Android Medical App Market. Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries. 7(3): 247-253. Abstract
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