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The future of mobile phones

30/11/18

Since the first brick phones in the ‘80s, phones have come a long way, with all the technology you could ever need in your pocket, what comes next for mobiles? We’re taking a look today at some of the features that we have today that can be developed and some a little more ‘out there’

More Durable

Smartphones seem delicate, one drop can crack the screen and result in an expensive replacement or damage the hardware inside. We’ve seen great developments over the past few years. A number of flagship phones are now waterproof, meaning they can be used in baths and pools risk-free. As lighter and sturdier materials are developed, this can lead to tougher phones. There are entire companies committed to developing and providing stronger screens, we can hope that in a few years phones will be indestructible, without cases.

Flexible

This one is more of a novelty and it’s uses are still not fully understood, Samsung are set to release the Galaxy X in 2019, a foldable tablet with no hinge or seam in the middle, just a screen all the way across. This means carrying a tablet screen that takes up the space of a phone in your pocket, or a laptop screen that takes the space of a tablet in your bag, you get the idea.

Less Frequent and Faster Charging, wirelessly.

All the talk, at the minute, is about electric cars and specifically their batteries. How long can they run and how quickly can they charge, it’s a huge challenge for the electric car manufacturers to overcome and huge amounts of resources are focused on developing batteries. With each new development in battery technology, phone or car, the principles can apply to the other. This could mean phones that charge instantly and hold their charge for days.

Wireless charging means no more hunting round for an outlet, IKEA are already building furniture with wirelessly charging pads built into them where you can just place your phone down normally while it recharges. That’s cool, but you can do that today. The principles of wireless charging mean it happens using electromagnetic waves, which can potentially reach across whole rooms. Wireless charging is being developed to charge any device in the room at long range, like Wi-Fi. Combined with fast charging, with wide implementation of wireless charging, thinking about battery life could truly become a thing of the past.

Virtual Assistants

You might think the best use for virtual assistants is shouting at it to set an oven timer, and you’re probably right, the voice to text isn’t quite accurate enough to trust it to send most of your texts and annunciating commands to your phone in public is a little embarrassing. The future is bright though, Google is developing their virtual assistant to work over the phone, and for example, soon you will be able to ask google to dial up the local hairdresser to book an appointment. It doesn’t just blurt out the information though, it listens to the responses from the person on the phone and answers each individual question. This is ideal for the many people who get anxiety speaking on the phone to order a takeaway or when you’re at the office and don’t have time for phone calls.

Mobile phones have come unbelievably far in such a short amount of time, it’s difficult to predict where the technology will be in 5/10 years’ time. The developments in this list could be here very soon or perhaps the experts have oversimplified some technical challenges, but one thing that’s certain is there will be plenty more exciting developments to come.

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