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Simple design and fewer functions are the latest mobile crazes

Numerous articles have exposed our excessive smartphone habits and the potential health hazards that can result from our mobile dependency. But as smartphones continue to overtake the human experience, a few mobile developers are leading an open rebellion. Now that we have full Internet access in the palm of our hand, what is next for mobile innovation?

It seems we are entering (or regressing toward) the generation of the ‘simple phone.’ While this name has not been officially recognized, it summarizes a new design movement for mobile technology. While app developers continue to build a world which is navigable only with a smartphone, a growing number of simple-function phones are hitting the market.

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