Smartphones in the Next Decade

Smartphones have changed the way the world works, changed our lives and have made humans more productive, these are some of the many advantages of a smart phone. Over the years, people desired smart phones to have better capabilities, to have better cameras, better everything.

Apple was the pioneer of the smartphone and since that time, they have evolved pretty fast, and each year, we used to see great improvements in them, but things have reached a point of saturation in terms of hardware. People wanted phones to have superb cameras which could capture low-light pictures beautifully, Samsung and Apple have done it. People wanted phones with a good set of features, nowadays almost every other phone has them. People wanted phones to be comfortable to hold, beautiful to see and handy to use. We even wanted good phones at cheap prices, this demand has also been fulfilled with the entrance of global Chinese brands into smartphones like OnePlus and Xiaomi.

Nowadays upgrades are a bit overboard, I don’t understand the point of buying phones with a 6 GB RAM, if you are a normal person, you don’t need that much RAM, you can go with 3 GB also. It’s not like people are going to code on the phone itself. What I mean to say is that further upgradations in phones which grab the world’s attention, is not possible. I’ve seen reports that maybe the IPhone 8 will have an iris scanner, I mean, we are not presidents of a country that we’ll take so much security. All these developments are dull and excitement about phones seems to have died down.

The hardware configurations from major companies are beginning to look the same, and perform almost similar functions. Have you looked at the advertisements for phones, they talk about Megapixels in the camera, their screen size blah blah blah… This situation may be a bad news for the manufacturers but is good for the users as these phones have become low-cost and can now be embraced by the masses.

Ironically, the most exciting announcement for phones last year was when Google released the Nougat update in 2016, it has nothing to with hardware, it’s all about software. Yet, it was the only major development in phones in the latter part of last year. So, I think that software is what will improve phones now. The next big thing in the mobile industry is going to be Artificial Intelligence.

Would anyone like to ask about Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality, how would we have advancements in those? Well, they don’t require major hardware upgrades, they require updates in the software so as to make phones compatible with VR Headsets, it is not going to be that our phones will become the headsets, nope, phones will remain the same.

Artificial Intelligence, once a thing of science fiction is now gathering momentum in mainstream human life. With the entire world being connected with the Internet and the daily-enhancing deep learning capabilities of machines will drive the AI experience.

Major smartphone companies seem to have realized the immense potential in that field. Currently, there are only two personal assistants in the smartphone industry, Siri, which is present only on Apple phones and Google Assistant which for now is limited to a few high-end phones. (Even Again has launched Alexa for smartphones but it is not that popular on phone as of now) Samsung is working on its own personal assistant and so is Nokia, the area is just starting to heat up for major tech companies like Google, Apple and Microsoft as newer assistants take to the market.

I myself have used the Google Assistant but only for entertainment but as Chatbots like these gain importance, everything which we do now like searching the net for best deals, exploring for ideal holiday vacations or simply booking a movie ticket or a cab without opening any other app. These AI programs can mimic a person’s brain’s behavior and look up exciting destinations based on the person’s preferences according to previous trips.

Chatbots can be employed as all-in support staff to help solve various technical issues with phones or desktops. As AI expands, it will require efficiency in storage of data and this will be stored on the cloud. At first such powerful assistants will require more power, but as the world moves, their power requirements will decrease.

I envision the future as waking up in the morning with an alarm set by the bot. As I talk to the bot while eating breakfast, it will pop up reminders for the day, play soothing music through the connected sound system across the house and might as well pay for bills on its own. If I want to spend leisure time, it could recommend good movies running in theatres according to the many critic reviews on the net or suggest places for day trips or maybe calling over friends. As I get ready to go out, it would book a cab for me and if I’m not eating at home, maybe reserve a table at a restaurant. It could help realize if I’m are stressed by gauging on our activities on the phone and could help me concentrate while working by disabling the phone, except the necessary items. It could help save lots of electricity by being able to turn off all systems when not in use and dim the lights as I go to sleep. Okay, enough with the visions of future, let’s talk reality. 

In a few years, it might be that people will be looking at the capabilities of the personal assistant integrated with that phone before buying one. Companies will have more enticing ads about the capabilities of their phones to assist in daily work rather than a boring ad about a selfie-flash. xD

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