Counterclockwise: the rise of texting

23 December 2018
It has been 26 years since the first ever SMS was sent and now trillions of texts are sent out every year.

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Bewildered, 25 Dec 2018The loss of Windows OS and Blackberry is due to delay. First... moreNokia, Blackberry and Microsoft were lost due to app makers preferring ease to program and monopolies and duopolies, since they only need to target the top phones. Both Android and iOS made it both easy to program for. The other reason was due to loss of backwards compatibility between Blackberry OS, Nokia OS, Windows OS and Palm OS. Which although works fine for consoles like Playstation and XBox, it rankled for phone users.

ProJames, 24 Dec 2018I just found ONE advantage of IM clients, which is being able to... moreYep

  • Bewildered

Realme, 23 Dec 2018Omg i loved my Blackberry's why can't they build a top spec qwer... moreThe loss of Windows OS and Blackberry is due to delay.

First all the major phone makers had both an Android device and the Junior OS Windows.

Microsoft took forever to release Windows phone 8, (window 7 didn't have memory expansion) by that time nobody came back to Microsoft to release a device, it was all Android after.
Microsoft despite testing and near 100 total failure released Window 10, a update so corrupted it forced Microsoft to stop selling phones altogether, as it couldn't be fixed.

Blackberry just kept releasing qwerty phones and only in 2013 released a phone with a selfie camera / video call

BlackBerry 10 app store closes forever on 31/12/2019
BB 10 or QNX despite BB10 app store closing. Is infinitely more secure than Android so would not required monthly security updates.
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Many Android apps, are available, it takes minimal effort to achieve functionality

Third party apps follow the phones, so with no new phones on BB10, and it closing down, had Samsung released a BlackBerry 10 OS version if the Galaxy S9 you simply would not know it was using BlackBerry as opposed to Android. It is a better form of Android (by comparison Blackberry Android needs to install security patches)
Blackberry were to late to the market with a selfie camera, better RAM management good less apps than Android app development is easy.

After BlackBerry 10 closes down and Driverless cars using QNX, phone makers will realise the loss of this viable platform.
The major complaint is that after 2 years you lose security patches.
Imagine an OS where that does not happen

  • Anonymous

Here in Colombia SMSs only serve one purpose - Bank/Account notifications.
Most service providers offer plans with unlimited use of WhatsApp/Facebook, so people basically use WhatsApp as their SMS service.

  • Ufutcutctu

Now its used only for advertisement it's also more expensive than 10 years before.

xXENDER FREAKXx, 24 Dec 2018I'd love to have those apps renamed into your saying xDI just found ONE advantage of IM clients, which is being able to continue chatting on other platforms such as PC, laptops and tablets. But for that, Google has you covered.

  • lolsomany

Fayth, 24 Dec 2018I remember there was actually a business selling emoticons/dot m... moreits originated from japan. they use hiragana characters to draw those emoticon

ProJames, 24 Dec 2018Not really. If carriers could stop being so selfish, RCS messagi... moreI'd love to have those apps renamed into your saying xD

xXENDER FREAKXx, 24 Dec 2018But I guess the pros outweighs the cons for online messaging?Not really. If carriers could stop being so selfish, RCS messaging would obliterate IM clients. Name me a real advantage of proprietary IM clients over RCS.
Plus RCS is versatile. You don't need to make a FartBook, WhyStop, Histogram and Spike account just to chat with others because they chose to make one account on that one service (because some regions and whole countries just loooooove to get one specific system like Viber, Skype or WhatsApp). You just send a text and there you go. Droids with KitKat or more recent support RCS natively, and Apple is being pressured to adopt the standard too.

ProJames, 23 Dec 2018Well, you pay for unlimited text messages. To then spend data to... moreBut I guess the pros outweighs the cons for online messaging?

I remember there was actually a business selling emoticons/dot matrix-like picture for sms
something like this
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(^o^)
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BlackBerry was my best phone for sure to message on Yahoo Hotmail BBM and Text

  • Aadrian

Yes I remember sending text messages with my Nokia 3310 which was a lot better than with my old Alcatel phone which only had a two row screen. And send pictures to be used as the so called screensavers on the 3310. Not to forget ringtones. The good old times. I still use SMS on a frequent basis however.

  • Anonymous

all I remember is: sms, then ems (but not popular), then MMS (thanks to Nokia ads, can you MMS?), then yahoomessenger, aand blackberry, and whatsapp/line/messenger etc etc..

but, when we still texting with sms/ems/mms, japanese people already texting using email, so it works like using messenger

  • whocares

Anonymous, 23 Dec 2018Wait you forgot sexting. It is a thing.well we don't need emojis or emoticons there I guess, :D :D

xXENDER FREAKXx, 23 Dec 2018Heck, who uses these nowadays? Not that I don't use it now becau... moreWell, you pay for unlimited text messages. To then spend data to use another system is kinda dumb.

Duck of death, 23 Dec 2018Mobile phones were basically analogue radios in the beginning. T... moreWell thats true.
Funny we have Radio for almost 200 years wireless options for almost 100 but phone is completely new.

  • Anonymous

What was Samsung thinking? What can that thing possibly mean to a novice? Troll is mad face?

  • Anonymous

Wait you forgot sexting. It is a thing.

Macbeth, 23 Dec 2018Wow. SMS was way more different back then!Sure it was!
How you could not know?
Oh todays kids! They know nothing of past!