More than any other piece of technology, the smartphone has revolutionized communication in recent years. By 2008, smartphones outsold notebook computers and also paved the way for the emerging tablet market. Majeed Ahmad, former editor-in-chief of EE Times Asiaand a technology journalist for more than fifteen years, is eminently qualified to write about the smartphone. In his comprehensive book, Ahmad traces the rise of the device, offers details about its development, and includes an in-depth discussion of mobile technology and “the making of the mobile Internet.” In addition, Ahmad writes authoritatively about computing in general, networking, tablets (most notably Apple’s iPad), and cloud computing. Given Apple’s exceptional success and the recent death of its visionary leader, Smartphone: Mobile Revolution at the Crossroads of Communications, Computing and Consumer Electronicsis nothing if not timely. Ahmad spends considerable but legitimate time discussing Apple’s key role in the computing, smartphone, and tablet markets; there can be no denying that Apple is at the heart of the consumer electronics revolution. Still, the book is broad enough in scope that it does not focus solely on Apple. Smartphonecovers both the developmental and technical aspects of the smartphone in depth. As a result, the book offers a lengthy and detailed description of operating systems, applications, phone manufacturers, and mobile technologies, all of which may make the average reader a bit glassy eyed. This is not a book for the person who is looking for a cursory overview; it is a work more appropriate for those with some technology background who are keenly interested in the evolution of this particular device. ForeWord Clarion Review
About the Author
Majeed Ahmad has been a technology and trade journalist for more than 17 years. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of EE Times Asia, a sister publication of EE Times. For EE Times Asia, a semiconductors design publication, he also wrote the “Net Effect” column, which covered convergence among various facets of the electronics world. Also, as Editor-in-Chief at Global Sources, a Hong Kong-based business-to-business publishing house, he spearheaded magazines relating to electronic components, consumer electronics, computers, security and telecommunications. Majeed has a study background in electronics and telecommunications. Prior to joining the publishing industry in 1996, he has worked with blue-chip companies like AT&T, Alcatel and Motorola. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/majeedkamran.