There are well over two billion smartphones in the world. Over the last few years, these devices have become incredibly common, with almost everyone in possession of one. You use them to stay in contact with loved ones, to schedule your day, and even for entertainment, but very few people truly understand their origins. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring the process of building a phone from nothing.
It can cost a company millions to go through the design and development process for a device like a smartphone. In reality, though, most of the work has been done, nowadays, and most of this time is thrown into making the phones people use look nicer. This makes it possible for companies to develop and release a new set of devices each year, while also being responsible for the stagnant market in which a lot of people are getting used to. During this period, designs will be built as prototypes to be tested before being mass-produced.
Getting together the materials for this sort of project is much easier said than done. A phone requires loads of different minerals, metals, and other resources to be built, and this will often call for a professional with a supply chain management masters to find the right options. Along with this, labor also has to be considered. Price isn’t the only factor here, though, as a lot of businesses are working hard to become conflict-free, even if it means that their devices cost a little more than usual.
With fresh phones coming off of the assembly line, it will be time to start putting them into the boxes which will be found on the shelves of stores around the world. Like the manufacturing, there is a big focus on ethics and sustainability in modern packaging, and this means that businesses have to work hard to use recycled and environmentally friendly options. To help with this, design contractors will often be brought in who have the skills to handle this job without any issues.
Finally, as the last stage in this process, it’s time to think about how these devices are sold. Over the last few years, there hasn’t been a single major phone launch which hasn’t leaked before it was officially announced. They are left in bars, documents are accidentally tweeted, or someone will be seen using a device which no one recognizes, creating an air of mystery and building hype before a single sale is made. Companies like Apple have also tried other approaches, with raising the price of their phones being one of the most successful.
Hopefully, this post will give you a newfound respect for the companies making these devices. While a lot of the work is already done, it’s still quite amazing that new phones hit the market each and every year. Demand remains impossible to satisfy, though, and companies have to keep up with one another if they want to stay relevant.
CEO and Founder at Mighty Shouts.
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