The Digital Age has brought so many changes that one can never ever imaging in the time past, and over time the rate of changes one experience is fast that than the speed of thought which means one needs to be up to date with the trends of things happening around and to always be alert for changes and move with the changes in order to be relevant in this digital era.
Also the advent of internet has also change the way we use to do things and also improve the knowledge base of human being far beyond the little one we engage with each other in the four walls of the classroom. Knowledge and its exploration is another key issue in other to be relevant in this Digital era, therefore, the need for the availability of internet all around and at every nooks and cranny of the globe and it is also getting to be a must have tools and resources bank. In other to be relevant in this Digital era. In other to be abreast of this information and craves more for knowledge, therefore the needs for internet, which brought about the new set of mobile devices, that are internet enabled device which starts from small screen, to feature phone, to mid-range java phones, Symbian and blackberry devices and the current era of Smartphones which has brought a total whole new dimension to knowledge and human life generally.
Though internet penetration in the African region is still poor but at least it’s far beyond how it is in it entry level. If you all recall the research carried out by Dalberg featured here about the internet penetration and level in some selected West Africa countries. The report can be accessed here.
The era of Cyber-café, with Nigeria as a typical example and the entry of it in a negative manner and it get abused, with the fact that teenagers and young boys and girls venture into fraudulent activities and get a household name tagged “Yahoo yahoo boys” and that has dent the image of the country at large during that era, and in effort to curb such activities, Police and some other anti-graft agent of government were setup but Nigeria Police on the other hand turns it into business and the humiliation is getting far beyond what those boys can bear, therefore, Yahoo boys get involve in providing personal internet for themselves at the comfort of their various abode.
Mobile network with poor quality of services and high tariff in the cost of having internet access where when you have a connection of 28-30kbps, it seems to be the best as of that moment, but today, several changes have been effected and also further improvement and not to even mention a review in the cost of subscription to the internet facilities. And different Telcos are really trying to get customer service right, because they are the real people in need of this with regards to seeking of knowledge.
The game changer is here! In other to get connected to the internet at your call and beckon all you need at a particular time is your satellite dish and some other connection, from there we move to connecting to internet via our mobile phone and to the stage where one connect to internet on the laptop via mobile phone through Bluetooth or better still connecting cable of different mobile phones with the enabler software like Nokia PC Suite, Samsung Pc Suite, Sony Ericsson PC Suite and the likes to mention but a few, despite that, Nigerians discovered that the quality of service derived then might still be better than what is obtained then, thereby, downloading additional software to enhance fast and quick-responding internet accessed, from that stage to the next phase where individuals needs an internet modem and which is another gadget added to one’s mobile devices in other to connect the internet via the laptop, all this sum up to multiple gadget returning us back to the Desktop era but in this case just that its movable and mobile.
This is a one-stop solution at a certain time, but the challenge is that most of them are network-locked where you have to ensure that the subscriber identification module(SIM) needs to be the network that must be inside the modem, the brought about going about our daily activities with different modem from different network including our very own laptop, pissed-off some people and individuals tends to reduce cost but also still want to connect to the internet, where the wise-saying is usually said “20 children cannot play for consecutive 20years at a stretch”, therefore needs to bring about the new facilities and modem that each individual needs one.
Nokia, tried but didn’t get it on time, so also, Blackberry.
Also, for Nokia to have gotten an insight into this at early stage but rather Nokia went ahead to produce phones that run Symbian and some of the devices comes with wireless enabled hardware and also the shortcoming of this type of gadget is that it can only connect with available wireless service around but cannot share its own internet that such phone is connected to.
The internet on the street via convenience and affordability with cost effectiveness:
The next big deal in this digital age is access to internet on the go and at a certain extent pocket friendly and a bit of improvement in the quality of service offered. The era of smartphone has just put a total change into all this game, though Blackberry would have be a good smartphone to pick up the changes but still go ahead with the same old method of downloading Blackberry Desktop manager and still needs to connect via the cable in other to use the internet on one’s personal computer.
The advent of wireless, has played a major role in changing the phases of things, the leading smartphone of the era that is pocket-friendly, convenience and that can perform this task easily is an Android devices.
The Android Devices
By Android devices another set of smartphones that is pocket-friendly and that also makes internet available on the go at anytime and anywhere that might requires internet.
It’s a smartphone: It’s simply a mobile phone but this time around it performed additional tasks as against the normal call and text and at time take pictures and share among friends, but this time aside that most of the things you can do with the phone is seen most time in movies, its now what individual can do on their personal device but as of this digital era, its shocking that people underutilise the smartphones capability.
Memory management: Overtime, several people has several pain and agony when their mobile phones got missing and they all claim that its not the phone that pains them but the contacts on such devices and SIM, but most times, I reframe the scenario that if the SIM is damage and the phone screen is no more, what happen to your contacts? With Android device, you worry less and all that is require is a Google’s Gmail account and sign-in into the account on the Android smartphone, after which you let the device sync and do an online contact saving without consulting any network providers, no downloading of contacts and uploading contact and no network charges for backing up of contacts. So when next such happens, just worried less and ensure that your Gmail account is active and you can as well access your contact on any other device and even on Personal Computer provided you don’t forget your username and password…lol!
Perform the duties of Modem with ease
With Android device in this era, one needs not to bothered about Modem much because it makes one carries less gadgets all about, which makes it possible for individual to provide internet to their personal computer while the device is in their pocket and access to the internet on the go, and also can as well share the internet on their Android smartphone with their fellow colleague instead of looking for a modem that can give access to all friends around.
NB: In other to connect your Android device, all you need to do is get your mobile device connected to the internet and go to setting -> Wireless and networks -> Tethering and portable hotspot, then turn on your Portable Wi-Fi hotspot and under Portable Wi-Fi hotspot settings, get to configure your device, where you can change the Network SSID to a name you want people around you to see when you put on your internet and for them to easily connect to it among as many network that might found in such environment, change the security access, either make it Open, or choose WPA2 PSK where you will be able to input Password which will protect your network and it needs to be at least eight (8) alphanumeric and such that it cannot be easily suggest and guess. And for devices running 4.2 version above, whichever way you can, to get to the setting, either by pressing list on the home screen or access the charms bar by dragging down from top and to setting, then follow the highlighted above steps, in these device, you can still have access to two different type of secured password version WPA PSK and WPA2 PSK.
Control over the internet access
Android smartphones have this capability of identifying how many people are connected and whoever you which to block or send out of the network, though this is an improve features in devices that runs Android OS version 4.2.1 and above, despite that the previous version still can be controlled by frequently changing password in other to gives room to seamless internet sharing and nobody will hacking down the bandwidth.
Android smartphone with as low as 385MB RAM size will perform seamlessly fine and not to even talk about the improvement in RAM sizes that are coming with the current version of Android smartphones now, which takes care of the so called 7.2Mbps, 21.6Mbps and so on that are most time advertise in other to sell modems, where Android smartphones nowadays comes with 512Mb and as big as 1.5 -2.0Gb of RAM and regardless of the inbuilt memory that comes with the phone and more so, that got nothing to do with the internet access being shared.
Improved internet facilities
With the new range of Android smartphones in stores now, individuals that are network concerned and those that has the basic idea of IPv4 and IPv6 can switch between this in other to achieved the quality of network they want their devices to supplied when in need of the internet and also considering the environment in which they are at that particular time.
The question might be asked that at least Modem don’t need to be charged before usage and I will like to emphasise here that in other to maintain the battery of your android smartphone, you can as well use USB Tethered which will allow you to tether your device with the system that needs it via USB cord, what this will do is simply provide the internet required and at the same time charging the smartphone via the system.
So, internet has come to stay and at this current and moment in the this digital atmosphere, invention and development are coming at an unexpected rate where improvement on the quality of service obtained from the mobile device, to that which is obtained from the Telcos to the hardware that helps to distributed access equally and properly utilised are on the rise and engineers, researcher and scientist are working round the clock for making life more comfortable to live, this gives room to these current development in vogue already, Google ProjectLoon, BRCK and internet.org, a joint project from Facebook, Google, Microsoft and some other company in other to provide more access to general public and most especially in the African regions.
Take time to explore your device and let us have your feedback.