The last decade has seen mobile phones transform from simple phones to magnificent mini computers. The phones we have today would be almost unbelievable ten years ago. From touch screens and internet browsers to music players and Bluetooth, the advances have been incredible.
When we look at where mobile phones have come from, and where they are today, we cannot help but wonder what the future holds.
Here are some features we can expect to see in our smart phones in the not too distant future:
Google Glasses and Apple’s iWatch are pioneering the world of wearable technology. While Google Glasses are not a mobile phone in the strictest sense, Apple’s iWatch allows you to make and receive calls, text messages and more. The watch will connect seamlessly to your iPhone if you want it to, and gives you a whole host of other options so you can communicate discreetly and easily.
A new trend that will become more and more common in the mobile phone market is flexible touch screen technology. This will allow your phone to bend and twist without damaging or distorting. This makes it easier to carry or store your phone. Going hand in hand with the wearable technology trend, phones will be able to bend around your wrist so you can wear your phone like a bracelet or arm band.
Near field technology
Near field technology (NFT) is an emerging technology that has almost unlimited application. NFT is a little bit like Bluetooth that allows devices to interact when they are in proximity to each other.
One use of this technology that is already in use for mobile payments. NFT is what allows Google wallet, and Apple’s pay program to work. To use Apple pay or Google wallet you simply tap your phone to the compatible card reader and your information is exchanged and the purchase is completed.
Another use of this technology is advertising. Billboards, in store displays and even trash cans will be able to detect the mobile phones that are nearby, and therefore collect information about the owner’s identity and shopping habits and interests. The displays will then change to something that the owner of the nearby phone is likely to buy. For example if John’s phone has data that says john like sports, the displays on the signs or on the trash cans could change to show offers on sports equipment or active wear.
Attachable camera lenses
Attachable camera lenses are a neat feature that is already in use and may become more frequent. Attachable lenses can turn your smartphone into a high quality camera that gives the same results as an expensive specialty camera. The attachable lens is nice but it could be made irrelevant as advances in camera technology could yield the same results built into the phone without the extra lens.
Hologram technology will allow you to project your phone into the air from a source. On the projection you will have full functionality of a touchscreen. This is similar to the hologram keyboards that are also available. Just like a movie projector, a lens and light project the image of a phone onto your hand from your watch for example. The image of a phone that is projected onto your hand will work just like a phone and when you “touch” one of the buttons on the image you will see the result on the screen just like the phone you have today.
Artificial intelligence is already present in some phones but in the next few years it will increase in power and efficiency. Siri on the iPhone is an example of artificial technology available today. Speech recognition technology allows you to make a wide variety of commands to the iPhone and you get a response, but currently it is less than optimum. The next generation of artificial intelligence will be able to use algorithms of nouns and adjectives while collecting data 24 hours a day. So the next time you want a “great martini” your phone will understand that command and provide you with locations where user reviews have rated the martinis highly.
Other trends in the mobile industry will include the boom of fashionable phone accessories; battery life will be extended greatly, lasting up to a week; and mobile internet connections will increase in speed tenfold.