What’s next for Smartphones?
Smartphones are continually evolving and have already changed the way we communicate. With each launch of a new model, the smartphone comes closer to being a mobile computer; apps give us a broader choice in the way we choose to use our business and leisure time. Already, it’s estimated that over 50% of us carry one of these mobile devices and that around 75% of us use it for shopping or business purposes. However, the smartphone evolution hasn’t stopped. We take a look at some of the predictions for the way smartphones will have changed by the year 2015.
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The biggest change we’re likely to see is that mobile phones will start to replace PCs. Smartphones are already creeping up on computers as the way we choose to access the Internet and further apps will enhance their popularity as the tool of choice. Launched last year, the Toshiba T-01A has already raised the bar for superfast mobiles and, as the processors they use develop, will soon be able to use full-blown apps, such as Adobe Photoshop, rather than mini-programs designed for the restrictions of modern technology. Power apps are already in development for this, including programs that can handle high-resolution pictures, photographic effects and even allow the user to process their own images.
Another change will be the ability for smartphones to multi-task. By 2015, the divide between PCs and smartphones will be so minimal that consumers will be faced with the choice of having to limit themselves to home or office computing, or being able to do it on the move. Processors, such as the Qualcomm chip will get to a point where one phone will be able to run Spotify, allow you to chat via IM to a client, process a photo collection and even play an online game – all at the same time. While the screen-size may reduce, touch-screen will phase out anything with buttons and the background processing will give all the functions you expect from a PC.
Charging your phone in the future
Charging is currently an issue for most phone users, but within the next two years there will be other options. Solar power is already being investigated and phones may have photovoltaic cells installed as standard. However, the option that most people are really getting excited about is the potential for kinetic charging. This is the process through which motion can produce a charge. In theory, you should be able to walk down a street with the phone in your pocket and the movement of your legs will be enough to charge up your battery. It looks like we may well be saying goodbye to the clutter and spaghetti of our collection of phone chargers.
One that might not be an obvious change is the potential for cross-frequency calls. At the moment, if your current network is overloaded, the call won’t get through. Research is already being conducted into the possibility of being able to jump onto another network, in the event that yours has reached maximum capacity. While smartphones are set to change the way we interact, one feature that most people will want them to retain is the ability to make phone calls. After all, it’s what they were designed for…
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Carlo Pandian is a keen observer of the start-up world in Asia and accounting coach on Intuit QuickBooks. He is interested in Arduino, social media and technology and loves to attend tech meet-up to network with fellow peers. Find his social media contacts in his About.me page.