Mobile phones have become too complicated, one of the research and development team behind the first-ever handsets has claimed.
Addressing delegates at a privacy conference in Madrid, Martin Cooper, head engineer of the Motorola team that developed the first mobile, posited that convergence of devices had resulted in phones that were too difficult to use.
He told the crowd: “Whenever you create a universal device that does all things for all people, it does not do any things well.
“Our future I think is a number of specialist devices that focus on one thing that will improve our lives.”
Mr Cooper’s comments, which were reported by the Telegraph, fly in the face of industry wisdom as well as sales trends noted in the last 12 months.
This period has been marked by a massive rise in sales of multifunctional, powerful smartphones, despite the backdrop of a global recession.
According to market research company GfK, some 9,129, 868 smartphones were sold in England, France, Italy, Germany and Spain over the last 12 months – a year on year increase of 140 per cent. Over the same period overall mobile phone sales fell by ten per cent.