As 2017 winds down and the Xmas trees are going up, we are going to take a look at some ideas of where the future of smartphones is going in the not too distant future. Samsung and Apple have some big ideas which may come sooner rather than later, but we may also be surprised from the innovations coming from other manufacturers as the endless keep-up-with-the-Jones’s game continues.
Remember no one can actually predict the future exactly, and there are many great ideas in technology that have come and gone. Sometimes marketing can be a determining factor of success of failure of new ideas also, so we will take all these ideas with a grain of salt, and enjoy thinking about future creativity that may or may not be coming our way !
In 2005 Andy Rubin sold his Android company to Google. He has a new company now called Essential, and Rubin thinks the smartphones of the near future will be more future-proof, allowing them to be upgraded via software instead of full hardware upgrades. The smartphone has a magnetic connector which can attach accessories. This will enable new features like 360 degree video capture to be added without upgrading your device.
Forbes magazine circa 2017 believes the future of smartphones will include wireless power, similar to Wi-Fi of today. They believe screens will become transparent and the smartphones themselves will be mostly products of advanced AI (artificial intelligence).
They believe if a smartphone has unlimited “power” garnered thru the air (such as Wi-Fi connectivity today), then the battery can be smaller and more efficient. This will also give the manufacturers more room for hardware innovations.
ZD Net has a slightly different take on the future of smartphones. They think smartphone screens will get better but not really much bigger. They think the smartphones will get thinner but possibly not much more than today due to battery limitations.
ZD Net thinks the future of smartphones and shipments will grow for a little while longer, but soon they see other technologies such as Google Home and Alexa making smartphones not quite as necessary as they are today. They think the smartphone era may be peaking at this time. They think asking Alexa or similar products for information will be easier than checking for the same data on your phone.
Either way the future will be exciting for all of us and it shouldn’t take long to see who’s predictions come true and which ones go by the wayside. Please check out more information on Smartphones Here