Eight years ago we embarked on this Android adventure with HTC Dream. The law of supply and demand leads us to view the universe of smartphones from a unique perspective: that of competition between manufacturers. This has reached such large proportions that they barely abide by the laws of the market, but the technology is the engine of the entire industry. How will smartphones evolve in the coming years? What is the future of the smartphone?
Time goes by and many things change. Who could imagine that time would pass so quickly? Looking back, we can see that the smartphone industry has begun to stagnate, even though technology has the potential to grow annually. We are looking for faster and faster processors to do basically the same things on our smartphones, only ever better and faster.
However, we see a large number of promising technologies, such as virtual reality, that can be as much a technological marvel as a social aberration (the future will tell, or maybe I'm just pessimistic).
What will smartphones look like in a few years, when technologies that are under development will be mature enough? Let's dream a little and try to imagine what might happen?
The smartphone ceases to exist as today
I think the smartphone as we know it is a bit outdated, and needs innovative technology to give it a facelift. What's extraordinary today? It's a small box made by different manufacturers that offers roughly the same thing (from a purely technical point of view). In other words, we are in an impasse.
Several manufacturers have filed folding screen patents, but the system that seems most interesting to me is Lenovo: a device that can be worn as a phone and also wrapped around your wrist, turning into a kind of smartwatch. If well developed, such technology could in the long run enable a single device, easily transportable and with many aesthetic benefits.
Artificial intelligence at the center of everything
I have a very mixed opinion of artificial intelligence, perhaps too much influenced by the 2001 movie: A Space Odyssey and the HAL 9000 computer. There is no doubt that AI will play an important role in the day-to-day management of our devices and our agenda. Google moves in this direction with the Assistant who, in addition to the functions mentioned, also promises to help order food, buy airline tickets, etc.
Phones will probably always have different interfaces, thanks to different manufacturers, and they will certainly have different types of Artificial Intelligence, which will be the representation of what you need, as it will direct you to what could be useful to you, such as information apps. This is easier for Google, as it has the most widely used search engine in the world, but competition will be harder at this level.
In short, I envision a form of AI that centralizes everything you can do with a smartphone and is accessible by voice commands.
Simplified control for smartphones
I recognize that I will make a scientific fiction extrapolation here, a futuristic perspective that neither Julio Verne dared (I do not consider myself a writer or a visionary with you!). The concept of brain-machine interface (ICM) may not sound familiar to you, but simply a technology that combines an individual's thoughts with practical actions. We can imagine that in the long term it will be possible to control the smartphone with our thoughts by wearing a small artifact near our head.
Controlling the smartphone with the brain certainly sounds convenient, but also worrying. On the one hand, we still do not know precisely the effects of waves on our health, and although the market tends to popularize them (wireless headsets, for example), we do not know if they have any impact or not. On the other hand, we risk becoming like the humans in the Wall-E cartoon, a disaster scenario we don't want for anyone.
I think we will probably have a foldable, easy-to-carry device that can be used simply, for example by touch and a neural interface (the necessary touch interface). With this phone you can access all the information of interest to you through a search engine (partner?) And various applications, as well as controlling your electrical devices or any other object connected to the network.
I want to make it clear that this is not necessarily the scenario I want to see, but what seems most logical. We are constantly striving to make our lives and our actions easier, which is one of the definitions of technology. Smartphones are not an exception rule as they try to do everything from one device (including control of room lighting). Google is going that way (which may not be good) with Google Assistant, so it's not impossible for others to follow in their footsteps.
Are we going too far? We know that since ancient times freedom of action and good intentions are not enough to achieve good results, the myth of dipo shows this well. Even seeking the good, the course of technology (which remains intrinsically linked economy, we can not forget) will not only have positive effects, so we should be cautious.
How do you imagine the future of smartphones?
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