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Globalization: The Modern Smartphone

By: Aaron Shimanov

Globalization features in my daily life in many ways. Smartphones are a fantastic example of this phenomena. From the Korean assembly and manufacturing plant of my current LG smartphone, the Samsung memory and storage chips, and the Qualcomm processor, and the Sony cameras on the back of the phone, there is a lot that goes into just building such a complex device. However, these international companies whom of which are co-dependent, lead to a better product for the end-user. Furthermore, tons of cooperation is required for everything to work together. For instance, all of this hardware would be nothing, without a software ecosystem. In the case of my LG phone, that would fall onto Google’s Android operating system.

Such international business relationships have allowed for many perspectives to be factored into products. This is a great benefit for the United States. Globalization has brought consumers in the US with cheaper products, as well as features from other markets into the US. Some examples include multi-camera smartphones, motorized cameras to increase screen real estate, and dark mode implementation across the phone’s user interface.

Consequently, my family has been capable of reaping the benefits of Google’s ecosystem. This includes Google Fi, which is a carrier service comprising of T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular. We also all use Android phones – Samsung, Google (HTC), and my LG phone. Globalization has allowed for people to pick their own path of how they want to get things done. In the context of smartphones and telecommunications, it gives people options, and a quick way to communicate with one another. I am very grateful for how far this technology has come.

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