This week in mobile history – #20090606

The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world.

New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it’s crazy to see how far the industry has come in less than a decade – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that an increasingly awesome for gaming, music, Web browsing, communication, and everything in-between.

So we had this idea that could bring back tiny nibbles of nostalgia for all, a look into the history of the mobile space. Below you will find many of the major happenings for week 19 from 2001 and forward.

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moto x 2014 review battery

Batteries have always been a concern for us, even as far back as 13 years ago. There are some interesting battery tidbits in this article. Average life span of of an Li-Ion battery is about 3 years, which is only one year longer than what most consider the lifetime of a phone. Suddenly, replaceable batteries don’t seem like such a bad idea.

June 1, 2002 – Pocket PC Batteries — Life-span and Capacity

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Sony Xperia Z3 review

Sony doesn’t have the strongest presence in the US market. Turns out this is not a new thing as eleven years ago, Sony decided to take a break from the US market. Sony termed it more of a “regrouping” of sorts, but whatever the case, the US didn’t see a whole lot coming out of the Japanese PDA maker.

June 3, 2004 – Sony Takes A Break

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Good thing Palm never made that mistake again.

 

A couple of interesting things happened this week six years ago. First, Apple tightened down its DRM policy, requiring you to re-buy apps if you were downloading them to multiple devices. You could still re-download to your computer and install that way, but if you wanted the convenience of doing this from your mobile device, pay up or shut up. Thankfully, this is no longer the case.

Also, people started getting a condition called “Cell phone elbow.” It’s kinda like tennis elbow meets carpal tunnel syndrome. People were talking on phones (I know, crazy right?) and it was giving people boo boos.

Finally, and I can’t believe the website Michael Fisher and I write for didn’t report this, but the Palm Pre first hit stores on June 6, 2009. Seriously, no news post. Now I haz all the sadz.

June 1, 2009 – App Store DRM Policy Gets Tightened at Apple for iPhone

June 3, 2009 – Cell Phone Elbow Becoming a Medical Problem

June 6, 2009 – Palm Pre officially released

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Really, Pocketnow? No article on the Palm Pre release date? Well then fine, this last entry to this week in mobile is dedicated to webOS. Both stories occurred, not coincidentally on the same June 6, but this time in 2013.

Our first piece is a video from fellow webOS head Michael Fisher who made me and a few others smile with a throwback unboxing of the original Palm Pre. Watch as Michael gets nostalgic on the 4th anniversary of the ill-fated Palm Pre.

Also on this date, HP pushed out an update to keep its app store security certificate current. Seemed like a good idea at the time, I guess. Ahh, Palm. We miss you.

June 6, 2013 – Hello, old friend: Palm Pre throwback unboxing (Video)

June 6, 2013 – Not (quite) dead yet: HP keeps webOS going with new certificate

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Adam Doud
Adam joined the tech world after watching Jon Rubenstein demo the most epic phone ever at CES 2009. He is webOS enthusiast, Windows Phone fan, and Android skeptic. He loves the outdoors, is an avid Geocacher, Cubs/Blackhawks fan, and family man living in Sweet Home Chicago, where he STILL hosts monthly webOS meetups (Don’t call it a comeback!). He can be found tweeting all things tech as @DeadTechnology, or chi-town sports at @oneminutecubs. Read more about Adam Doud!