Smartphone Technology in The Future
Smartphones have become an integral part of our day to day lives. Many of us rely on them for almost everything – communicating with loved ones, getting from A to B, shopping, banking… the list goes on.
We’ve seen huge developments in mobile technology in recent years, but it’s not set to slow down any time soon. Here are some fantastic features you can expect from future smartphone technology.
Biometric finger scanners
With more and more personal data sat on our smartphones, developers are looking for ways to improve mobile security. Say hello to biometrics. These metrics allow individuals to be identified from DNA and characteristics such as fingerprints, retina makeup and facial features.
It is likely that smartphones will increasingly integrate more advanced biometric fingerprint and face scanners to accurately identify the user. The technology is continually developing, with providers moving towards infrared 3D scanning, hidden ultrasonic sensors and IR iris scanners.
The fifth generation of mobile internet is here. This is set to be faster than ever before, with download speeds said to be up to 20 times faster than the current 4G network. To put this into perspective, the 4G network currently offers download speeds of around 20Mbps and 5G is set to be a whopping 500 to 1500 Mbps.
Not only will speed be improved, signal will also be better quality as cell towers will be able to handle many more devices. The development of the 5G network means that mobile developers will have to ensure all future smartphones have integrated 5G connectivity.
No button wraparound displays
You may have seen that Apple have removed the main home button on the front of their iPhone X. It seems that developers are keen to pursue this trend, with Samsung and Google (alongside Apple) recently getting rid of buttons and replacing them with pressure-sensitive or swipe-based alternatives. However, most phones still have buttons on the sides for some key functions such as locking the screen and changing the volume.
It seems that in the future, we can expect developers to launch fully button-less smartphones. Samsung and Apple are currently developing wraparound displays that will see screens stretching all the way around the back of phones. Get ready to say bye to buttons on your phone.
Radio frequency powered batteries
Ever been on a long day out and your phone has run out of battery? And you didn’t have your charger with you? We’ve all been there. It can be hugely frustrating if your phone dies when you need it. But that could be a thing of the past thanks to the development of new radio frequency technology.
Companies such as Ossia are developing tech that involves transmitters sending out radio-frequency power. This will work in the same way that WiFi delivers wireless internet connection. Although this is not readily available yet, it will mean that smartphone batteries are literally powered through the air. Pretty impressive, right?
While technology continues to advance, it’s important to recognise that our smartphones must continue to perform integral functions such as phone calls and texts. We still expect to be able to communicate with our friends, family and businesses in a simple and hassle-free way. This is why many huge companies are making the move towards tracking their call data through services like ResponseTap to deliver better services to consumers.
It will be interesting to see how mobile technology continues to change the way we live. And the way we communicate in the next few decades is going to be quite different.