The Future of Mobile Technology
Today, phones are capable of packing serious hardware and performance. They have come a long way since their inception.
Users can have highly personalized devices that fit their own lives, jobs, hobbies, and improve their life experience as a result of having unprecedented access to the millions of apps available on the Google Play and Apple App stores, while HD quality cameras have enabled users to capture and store memories.
Phones are also being used as contactless payment systems that store bank card information, allowing users to go cashless and cardless. Smart devices are now being used to access more websites instead of personal computers.
Security features such as biometric unlocking from fingerprints or facial recognition technology have improved with the increase in phone-screen sizes.
In terms of the future, there will be bigger displays, better cameras, longer battery life, and more powerful processors.
The Advent of 5G
In the United Kingdom, the 5G network began to roll out in 2019. 5G coverage had increased to 31 cities and towns by the end of the year, and coverage began to grow in early 2020. Faster speeds are one of the advantages of 5G. Data transmission rates for 5G are estimated to be around ten times faster than with 4G. With 4G, downloading an HD movie takes 10 minutes, but with 5G, it takes less than a second.
It has been expected that future developments will occur. Phones that are flexible, malleable, and foldable are required. Another concept is a phone that can project holograms. With the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) and advanced technology, smartphones becoming remote controllers for most of the world around us is a definite possibility.
Technology that Combats Climate Change
Climate change is a major concern in all business sectors at the moment, so expect green technology developments in phone manufacturing and usage.
This is because producing electronics and processing the metals that go into making them is energy-intensive; making a phone account for 85–95 percent of its annual carbon footprint.
The responsibility lies with the government as well. Government policies and tax incentives must encourage the use of green energy in data centers and consumer electronics manufacturing. Consumers should keep their phones for as long as possible and recycle old phones before upgrading to a new one.
Future Phones: What does the future have in store?
Concept phones are an excellent way to see how phones of the future could evolve.
Here’s a rundown of some of the features we may see in future phones:
- DISPLAYS WITH HOLOGRAMS
Holograms have long been a staple of sci-fi and futuristic fantasy films, from Star Wars to Ironman. But, realistically, how close are we to getting touch-free technology on smartphones?
Rumors about the then-unreleased iPhone 6 containing holographic functions that enabled you to beam virtual displays to interact with started circulating in March 2014.
The user can be seen communicating with all three screens at the same time and even playing a game projected above the handset in the demo video.
Unsurprisingly, this feature was not used in the iPhone 6, or even the iPhone 7, and so forth.
However, holographic phones will become a possibility in the future. Especially if the Holoflex prototype demonstrated by Queen’s University researchers in Canada is any indication.
The HoloFlex is holographic and versatile, as the name implies, enabling users to bend the handset to view the 3D monitor from various angles and interact with the images on the screen.
- FRAMES THAT ARE ADAPTABLE
Phone companies have long spoken about developing a smartphone that is so durable that it can be folded in half by the consumer.
Nokia’s The Morph handset, which was unveiled in 2008 and promised to “transform the user’s experience,” was one such vision.
The Morph was designed by Tapani Ryhanen, who was the director and head of Nokia’s Cambridge Research Center Laboratory. It could be folded, twisted, and reshaped to meet the needs of the consumer.
To adjust the way you use the handset, you can snap The Morph apart and insert additional modules.
The Morph phone can be worn as a wristband, converted into a GPS-enabled belt clip for hiking and extreme sports, or used as a flat-screen for watching videos.
- Samsung Hero Versatile Phone
Similarly, Samsung has been showcasing flexible model phones at trade shows for years, but the Galaxy Round smartphone is the closest it has come to bringing the device to market.
This model had a much less jaw-dropping curved screen and did not sell well.
- SMARTPHONES THAT ARE ACCOMMODATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT
Researchers are looking at biodegradable materials and cleaner energy charging for phone manufacturers, who are still looking for ways to make their devices more environmentally friendly.
Kyocera displayed a solar-powered prototype at the 2016 Mobile World Congress trade show. However, they admit that the technology would not be able to replace the need for a wall charger anytime soon.
This phone (Grass Phone O2) was created with outdoor workers in mind, as well as others who will be away from a power source for an extended period of time, such as campers or skiers.
- SOLAR-POWERED PHONE FROM KYOCERA
Nonetheless, the company estimates that three minutes of sunlight would charge a phone for one minute, which will provide users with an emergency charging option if their phone fails while they are away from home.
Mikhail Stawsky’s 2009 Mechanical Mobile prototype is another model phone that promises a renewable alternative to electrical charging. The Mechanical Mobile, unlike the solar-powered prototypes, is powered by kinetic energy.
The concept behind the design is that you charge it by spinning it around on your finger. Apart from saving the atmosphere, the obvious advantage is that you can charge this phone almost anywhere.
However, it’s unclear how much finger-spinning will be needed to dramatically raise the battery, and we can imagine a lot of broken phones (and probably broken noses) as a result of overzealous spinning sending phones flying.
We think this concept needs to be fleshed out a little more before we buy it.
- EDUCATIONAL TOOLS
Cell phones, according to some researchers, will change the way we learn and teach in the not-too-distant future.
With more than one-third of school-children possessing a smartphone, a future in which camera and voice recorder phones are used as both learning and teaching resources is very likely.
We’ve also seen several school districts use texts to warn parents of absenteeism and also to inform students of classroom changes.
Using mobile phones’ multi-functional nature as both learning and teaching aids can become more popular, particularly as high-quality camera phones become more widely and inexpensively available.
It has been proposed that, in the future, cell phones would be used to take pictures and take notes on field trips, resulting in a more involved and informal learning environment.
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