We use our smartphone everyday but there are some basic and surprising histories and tricks that our mobile phones can do that we never know till date.
1. Do you know that “Apple was IPad first”?
Apple arrived years after Apple had set the world on fire, the tablet was actually the original project Apple was working on before applying the idea to a mobile phone. Steve Jobs revealed this fact during an interview with All Things D in 2010.
2. Do you know that “Google Didn’t Create Android”?
Android started as an operating system that would use digital camera devices that could access computer services. Then, Google purchased them at an estimated price of $50 million in 2015.
3. Do you know that your “Android is helping Google track traffics”?
Google draws on data from its Android users to help measure the speed of traffic on the road, leveraging the GPS in every smartphone to help get a picture of how fast cars are moving.
4. Do you know that “In Ads, iPhones are always set to 9:41”?
If you look at any billboard, print ad or commercial, that includes an iPhone screen with the time on it (or IPad or Mac), you will notice is always set at 9:41. This was revealed by Scott Forstall – former IOS chief, that “when the big image of the product appears on screen, we want the time shown to close to the actual time on the audience’s watch. We know we won’t hit 40 mins exactly.”
5. Do you know that the “OLED screen is the IPhone X most expensive parts”?
It was revealed that the materials that made up iPhone X add up to $370.25 but the OLED screen cost $110 per phone.
6. Do you know that “Samsung will make more from IPhones than its own phones”?
Samsung – the iPhone competitor, manufactures a number of iPhone parts, including NAND flash memory chips, DRAM chips, and the pricey OLED display in the IPhone X. Samsung creates part for iPhone than its creating for its own.
7. Do you know that “You can take photos with the headphone cord on iPhones”?
When you want to take a selfie from a little farther away, you can use your earbud cord to snap a picture. Though, headphone cord will soon be thing of the past but this way is still active.
8. Do you know that “Nokia Users are not loyal to their brand”?
Nokia and Motorola have the ficklest customers when it comes to sticking with their current smartphone brand. Only 42% and 56% customers sticks to their brands, respectively. The most loyal customers are Samsung (77% retention) and Apple (99% retention).
9. Do you know that “Android versions are named after sweet treats”?
Just after Android 1.0 and 1.1, other Android versions are named after sweet treats. They have a tasty names:
Below are the names of various Android versions:
Cupcake – Android 1.5
Donut – Android 1.6
Eclair – Android 2.0
Froyo – Android 2.2
Gingerbread – Android 2.3
Honeycomb – Android 3.0
Ice Cream Sandwich – Android 4.0
Jelly Bean – Android 4.1 – 4.3.1
KitKat – Android 4.4 – 4.4.4
Lollipop – Android 5.0 – 5.1.1
Marshmallow – Android 6.0 – 6.0.1
Nougat – Android 7.0 – 7.1
Oreo – Android 8.0
10. Do you know that “There’s a cat in Android Nougat”?
Google loves adding Easter Eggs in its Android versions. Go to Settings page and continuously tapping on the “About Phone” will give you chance to attract a cat using fish, chicken or other treats and you’d receive a notification, saying “A Cat is Here”, once you’ve succeeded. If you tap on it, the cat would appear.
11. Do you know that “Android is Powerful Enough for NASA”?
NASA sent two Nexus S handsets running on Gingerbread into space to test their sensors in the International Space Station. Even Mark Micire – software engineer in the intelligent Robotic group, revealed that “Android open source code allows them to customize the smartphone to be used as a compact, low-cost, low-power computer, rather than just a phone.”
12. Do you know that “Verizon passed on the iPhone”?
Apple approached Verizon about serving as an exclusive carrier of iPhone (it was the largest carrier at that time) but Verizon balked at Apple’s demand. AT&T follows along which however, became the exclusive carrier – before Verizon and other carriers eventually caved to Apple’s demand.
13. Do you know that “IPhone didn’t belong to Apple”?
Cisco owned the trademark for “iPhone” when the product was unveiled in 2007. The two companies have been negotiating for years but following the launch, they finally reached a settlement.
14. Do you know that “The first iPhone demo was almost a disaster”?
The unveiling of the first original iPhone at Macworld 2007 almost went of the trail due to several reasons; the device was very much in prototype form, from fixing WiFi connectivity that would drop off to a host of other usability problems, Apple engineers went into overdrive between the iPhone’s introduction and its original debut in stores.
15. Do you know that “Smartphones can see your blood pulsing”?
App like Instant Heart Rate can do the medical stuff for you by reading your heart through your skin. Just hold your finger in front of the camera and the app would be able to detect the slightest shift in the skins’ color as blood pumps through your finger.
16. Do you know that “The Majority of Apple’s revenue comes from IPhones”?
According to Statistica, in the first quarter of 2017, 69.4% of the company’s revenue came from its iPhone sales. Laptop and tablets may not be cheap but it’s iPhone that bring in the vast majority of Apple’s revenue.
17. Do you know that “Smartphones can see Infrared”?
Most digital cameras can sense light frequencies that the human eye would not be able to pick up on. If you shoot the infrared beam right into the camera of your phone, it will pick up a purple beam on the phone’s display.
18. Do you know that “Cydia has a deeper meaning”?
Cydia is a jailbreak software in iPhones that allows users to find and install software on iOS devices. The name was gotten from Cydia Pomonella – a species of worms that are partial to apples fruit.
19. Do you know that “Android Represents more than 80% of the OS market”?
In the second quarter of 2017, Android dominates the OS market with 82.7% market share. While iOS accounts for just 12.1%, according to the most recent data from Statistica.
20. Do you know that “Smartphones can read BarCodes”?
Just as they read QR codes, they can also read traditional barcodes. So, this makes it easy to do everything from price comparisons to inventory managements, especially if you get an assist from one of many barcodes reading apps out there.
I hope you are now amazed with the top 20 surprising facts about your smartphone. It will also be nice, if you can contribute to the article in the comment section below!