In today’s world, predicting the future is a popular pastime. The smartphone is no exception. The device has gone from being a novelty, a business appendage, to a ubiquitous tool that is indispensable to half the global population. In the next decade, these devices will integrate innovative products and futuristic technologies to create seamless experiences that are unmatched in the mobile space. Here are some predictions for the future of smartphones:
The smartphone of the future will be a personal assistant, making it easier to search and retrieve information. Future smartphone advances will include natural language user interface, voice recognition, and language translation. Voice-based functions will allow users to perform various tasks with their phones, including asking questions, sourcing facts, finding directions, and more. These new devices will even interpret and execute commands. While it is unclear whether this technology will become a reality in our lifetimes, it’s certainly a possibility.
As for the future of displays, there are some promising technologies being developed. One such example is the combination of e-ink technology and OLED display. This could kill dedicated e-readers. In addition to the OLED display, smartphones with e-ink screens could have better battery life and lower power consumption. That could be a big selling point for smartphones in the future. These innovations are just the tip of the iceberg.
Transparent backs: Smartphones of the future could be completely transparent and feature multiple LED lights. These lights could be controlled from the settings on the device, and users could even switch between colors on the fly! With all this, smartphones of the future could be more stylish than ever. The smartphone of the future could also include a glass-like material that is virtually unbreakable and fingerprint-proof. If this new technology comes to fruition, the future could be a reality.
Battery-powered phones: One of the biggest challenges facing smartphone manufacturers is battery life. If battery life isn’t improved, the growth of the smartphone market could be hindered. Ultimately, technology companies must improve battery life, as this may be the most important factor affecting the future of smartphones. Luckily, there are a number of promising technologies that can help them overcome these problems. These include supercapacitors, retractable screens, augmented reality, and thermal imaging.
Modular phones: While Google’s Project Ara envisioned a modular phone, the technology behind it has been largely unsuccessful. The company abandoned the idea of a modular phone the following year. Motorola tried to take this concept one step further by creating a magnetic system for its Moto Z lineup. This system could accommodate various accessories such as a JBL speaker, Hasselblad camera, and a capable movie projector. The modular system had many advantages, but ultimately didn’t measure up in sales.
With the advent of 5G networks, smartphone manufacturers are gearing up for this next big thing. In 2019, most countries will have 5G network infrastructure and smartphone makers will be launching 5G-capable devices. While 5G networks aren’t fully implemented, many foldable phone models have already hit the market. The first foldable smartphone is likely to be a Xiaomi device. However, Xiaomi is yet to announce a specific date for the device.