Mobile technologies are devices that are designed to be convenient and extremely portable. These devices allow users to access, store and manipulate data while on the move. There are a number of different types of mobile device,s such as mobile phones, the PDA (personal data assistant) and laptops. These technologies can be used for communicating, Web browsing, storing and distributing files such as HTML, PDF documents, e-mail and Word documents.
The development of mobile technologies started in early 1910, when Lars Ericsson used very long wires to install a phone inside his car, enabling him to make phone calls wherever he went. Mobile technologies further progressed as mobile phones were introduced in luxury trains across Europe during the mid-1920s. However, mobile technologies were only fully realised during the 1950s, when the use of mobile phones became open to the general public. This enabled people to fully install telephones within their vehicles.
Mobile phones or mobile phones are the most popular types of mobile technologies. Mobile phones enable people to call and send text messages to each other without using a dedicated landline. In recent years, smartphones have been developed to combine the power of the Internet and a graphic user interface (GUI), which is the basis of computer systems. Smartphones enable users to browse through various websites on the Internet using high-resolution touch screens for easier manipulation. Smartphones also enable users to store information and install programs on the hand-held device.
Personal Digital Assistant
Personal digital assistants (PDA) are also known as pocket computers. The PDA stores a high level of information and has many features. PDAs enable users to call and text, send fax messages, browse the Internet and organise personal files. Since a PDA functions in a variety of ways, it is equipped with a pen or a stylus, which makes files easier to access and organise.
Netbooks, also known as the tablet personal computer, are laptop computers that are small and lightweight. These minicomputers are convenient to carry. Just like any other computer, netbooks run on a specific operating system that allows users to do the basic functions of a computer, such as creating Word files and browsing the Internet. Since netbooks are relatively small, their screen and keyboard size may prove to be very limiting to its users. However, netbooks can be highly flexible since they can connect to external monitors, bigger keyboards or a mouse to make using them a lot easier.
GPS (Global Positioning System) devices enable users to determine a particular handset or object's exact location. In recent years, more and more mobile devices are equipped with GPS capabilities, since it is a great help in getting directions to a specific place or address. These devices have significantly improved location awareness capabilities and will serve for more advanced applications in the future.
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