In retrospect, the smartphone industry has portrayed tremendous groundbreaking technology. We Millennials can remember the arcane process of downloading songs on our Alcatel. Fast forward to 2022, and we can stream songs on the go.
However, music convenience is not what we would consider technological advancements in smartphones -not at the very least. Over the years, smartphone improvements have improved social connectivity and transformed the smartphone into a fully functional portable PC.
While we laud the efforts tech giants have put into improving smartphones, we should not sit on our laurels. Herein we identify the next technological leap in smartphones. And no, it is not a 5G network. It may be hard to single out an individual technology since subsequent smartphones improvements have been iterative.
AR And VR Enabled Smartphones
Sure, you have seen a VR or AR headset compatible with top-line smartphones. But the immersive experience has yet to establish roots in today’s smartphones. With the advent of VR-based games, we expect the technological shift to enhance the immersive experience.
New chipsets will be at the forefront of AR and VR-led innovation to process data-intensive AR and VR processes. AR and its colleague AI benefit mobile casinos and metaverse-based games that blend reality with the online environment.
Taiwan, the hub of microchips, will have a significant demand to meet as users clamor for immersive experiences on their smartphones.
2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, definitely next in line is 6G and 7G, right? While 5G hasn’t rolled out universally, smartphone companies already produce 5G-enabled devices for niche markets. Especially in the European countries, 5G phones are a standard.
However, the rollout of 5G hasn’t met the expectations. The speeds are slightly better. In particular, T mobile users stream 39% more video on the network. However, 5G is not exactly cutting edge.
6G will ameliorate the inefficiencies of 5G in what will be a contest between the two networks. But if history is anything to go by, the two can coexist in delivering high-speed connections that fuel real-time communication among smartphone users.
The smartphone is the hub of the global village-the internet and needs reliable and prompt communication routes that 6G will bring.
You may rant, “I have heard this before.” Wireless charging will no longer be a trendy phrase smartphone manufacturers throw around to attract clients. We are talking about contactless charging, not the typical ‘wireless charging’ where you have to place your phone on a surface to charge it.
The wireless charging mechanism will rely on sensors on your phone and a charging point that will automatically sense when you are in the zone and charge your phone. The over the air charging technology isn’t something complicated. The simple principle is what makes it genius.
Our favorite Apple CEO said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” We’ll wait to see how simple over-the-air charging will be. Soon, cables will be relegated to homes without sophisticated charging centers.
No one likes misplacing and having to replace their SIMcard. For those who abhor carrying plastic SIM cards, virtual SIMcards will be a welcome technology.
The Telco service provides virtual SIMcards or eSIMS and has your caller identification info loaded. You can change networks with ease and have multiple networks on your phone.
Once you have the eSIM on your phone, you don’t have to worry about replacing your card or going to the network providers’ physical location to fix your network issues.
Bio smart Compatibility
The prospect of a human being becoming a technology on his own may happen soon enough. Biomaterials are already used, and syncing them with smartphones is the next phase. The biomaterials have multiple use cases in our bodies, starting with brain chips to motor control chips.
Like wearing a Fit bit, biodevices will provide real-time feedback to your smartphone. You can control the chief organ’s functions from your smartphone.
The technology will have a moral impasse, but as we know, the technology always finds a workaround. The thought of intelligent devices controlled by smartphones embedded in our bodies shouldn’t be scary.
Where Next For Smartphones?
While we can’t rule out the possibility of complete smartphone elimination, the above advancements may appear closer than they seem. Sure we dream of communicating via chips embedded in our brains and accessing information from the cloud to our brains. To will, that dream into existence requires extensive research and leaps based on these preliminary technological advancements.
The pendulum of the next technological leap swings between iterative improvements or completely revolutionary tech- not in between. If you are reading this ten years later, you may wonder what the heck these people were on when claiming a smartphone is revolutionary. For us Millennials, we’ll keep our outmoded Samsung Folds for now.