Smartphones have come a very long way in the last couple of years. Gone are the days where to own a mobile phone you had to lug around an extra suitcase with you just to carry the thing, not to mention the dodgy reception with those monstrous antennas.
Thankfully those days are gone, and smartphones have become neat, discrete and sometimes beautiful functional devices that are practical and actually serve a purpose in our everyday lives. I remember when the first color mobile phone was brought to the market, what a day that was! Then I remember when cameras first started finding there way into mobile phones. We were amazed by their VGA quality and how they could fit into such a small device, not to mention that massive memory that allowed you to store up to 100 pictures!
It’s comical looking back at it all nowadays, but in 10 or 15 years, I’m fairly sure we will be looking back, with a few more grey hairs on our heads, and laughing at how pathetic we were with out 5 megapixel cameras, AMOLED screens, retina displays with 1GHz Snapdragon processors. And Facetime? Just one 4G phone? Ha, I can just imagine the super nerds of the future laughing at our miserable attempts at creating a smartphone!
So what do you think we could see in the future generation of smartphones? Here’s what I reckon we could see, some of it may be fantasy stuff, but I’m trying to be somewhat realistic with it, of course you can add your own stuff to it in the comments below, fantasy or not, I don’t care
3D All Round
When you look at how much 3D is progressing in the last year or so, I think it’s fair to say it will make it’s way into smartphones fairly soon. Heck Sharp and others are already giving it a go, but how good it is remains to be seen. The one thing with 3D technology in smartphones is I cant see how it will be used in a productive way. Yes it will be great for watching the odd movie, but when else would you use it? A whole new UI would need to be devised to make it effective, I’m thinking the Iron Man 2 UI!
I suppose we can expect to see some 3D technology coming into the cameras as well, and 3D video recording will probably become a standard feature we expect to get at some stage in the future.
But I’m not sure if the whole phone experience will be 3D, I don’t think that’s going to be practical, it will probably be more just 3D for gaming, pictures and videos.
With the advancements in these super screens, powerful processors and wi-fi,gps radios, our batteries have really suffered. While all these other technologies have advanced in leaps and bounds, I’m afraid the batteries haven’t been able to keep up. Very rarely will I ever dare to try and go more than a day without charging up my smartphone and I think most of you are the same. I don’t know if lithium ion batteries will cut it for much longer unless we can really come up with some super lithium ion battery, otherwise we need to find something more powerful, as demand on battery usage is only going to increase.
This probably goes without saying, I mean the Snapdragon processors and A1 chips that are found in some of todays smartphones already blow computers from 10 years ago out of the water, but they’re only the beginning. We’ve got 1GHz Snapdragon processors now, 1.5GHz are set to arrive next year, so can you imagine what’s coming along in 10 or 15 years?! They’ll probably be powered by some super crazy rocket engine processors, who knows!
Will We Still Have Touchscreens?
We’re all so used to our touchscreen displays now, but I wonder will they all still be there in 10 years or so? I mean what could we replace them with? I don’t think they’ll go away all together, but we should see pressure sensitive screens, and I’m sure we will see much higher resolutions and more power friendly ones.
Everything Connected Into One
At the moment all of our social networks are being brought into one device, our smartphones, and there’s more and more features and options for these sort of things being added all the time. For example my HTC Desire has all my Facebook friends pictures in my phonebook, it has their mobile numbers in my phonebook (even if I don’t add them) all their email addresses are in my email address book, and when I get a call from them it tells me there most recent activity, it’s crazy! It does the same with Twitter as well and I’m sure there’s more stuff in there. I can only see our social networks becoming more integrated into our lives and smartphones from here on in.
But what I’d love to see is the ability to share everything we have, easily, if I have a song on my PC, I want to be able to play it on my smartphone, and my mums, and my dads. If I have a movie downloaded to my PC, I want to be able to watch it in Hong Kong, while my brother watches it in New York. This sort of thing isn’t really practical at the moment, they’ve tried doing it, but it’s not the best.
Super Network Speeds
This needs to improve dramatically as well, especially if we want to implement what I’ve mentioned above, and if we’re going to be bringing in features like Facetime and Video calling, which are more than likely going to support multiple conference calls at some stage, we need to have the right networks in place. We’ll definitely need 4G everywhere, and be looking to move onto 5G at the very least.
That’s all I’m going to add for the moment, otherwise we could be here for a very long time, I’m going to ask for your opinion now. What on earth do you think we could manage to do with out smartphones next?
10-15 years down the line, what do you reckon we will see in smartphones? Or what would you like to see? Rocket propelled tweets, bullet proof screens, or maybe it could be used as a lethal weapon!??? Anything! Dangerous, ridiculous or reasonable, let me hear them all in the comments below….