Smartphones are on the verge of the biggest revolution since the invention of the term itself. In the last ten years since the launch of the first iPhone, smartphones have become faster, bigger and more elegant, with more than impressive photographic skills and attention to the details of their design.
Despite advances in the smartphone processor, the fingerprint authentication system is perhaps the most radical technology ever used in a smartphone. Another aspect of the technology that is recovering rapidly is the use of a dual camera.
Although we are still a long way from making correct use of two camera lenses at the same time, it has nevertheless brought some interesting advantages to photography through mobile phones.On the other hand, a dominant screen on the screen is still a bit difficult to achieve without damaging the ergonomics and practicality of a device.
But there’s more to be expected when it comes to smartphones in general. The revolution will come in the form of maximum evolution in design and technology.
So, how will 2018 be formed in the world of smartphones? Well, these are the possible things that could happen in the near future.
Bigger and Better Smartphones
The big smartphones will continue to be a big news in 2018. The technologies that are currently seen in larger and more powerful devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Apple X, will undoubtedly be leaked to more accessible models. As such, this popular smartphone manufacturer will continue to push sales of tablets and even laptops.
In the not too distant future, you could even question the purpose of having a laptop (like you did with your camera or MP3 player) when you can do anything on your smartphone. Docking stations like Samsung’s DeX already offer a PC-like experience (big screen, keyboard, and mouse) for smartphone users: they expect this trend to continue and become a more generic offer in the next 12 months as other manufacturers develop similar products.
Your Smartphone will recognize you
For years, smartphone manufacturers have explored ways to strengthen device security while allowing users to bypass that annoying PIN. Many devices now have fingerprint or iris scanners and both have proven to be pirated.
Face recognition could become the new gold standard to unlock the device, but as the smartphone’s sensors continue to evolve, your phone may recognize it without scanning it. Instead, it will look for other unique attributes, such as the tone of your voice, the way it moves, or the pattern of your typing.
This is known for some time that there are companies that are trying to entertain the idea of folding display panels. You can bend them into a flexible plastic material without causing damage to the material itself and the quality of the screen. Samsung and some others have shown prototypes of this technology. However, it is still far from being a reality, especially considering its practical aspect. After all, we must consider the relevance of a folding screen compared to its main and unique feature and that is visibility.
While it is becoming a common feature in mid-to-high-end devices, we are already reaching the next level of the fingerprint authentication system. Apple may not be the first to do it, but it has made it extraordinary and common. We have seen it implemented on several Home buttons on many smartphones since the iPhone 5S era. It has also been positioned at the back, depending on how the producers see it.
Now, companies are trying to incorporate the fingerprint sensor into the display panel. It is said that Apple and Samsung have this in their next flagship models, but it seems that we will have to wait a little longer to see these two major players in smartphones really do it. Of course, they are already working on it.
Smartphones will shift Reality
Imagine buying online and being able to look through your phone to see exactly how that new bookshelf would be in your office, or how that new jacket would look like on your son or daughter.
Augmented reality (AR) has already caused a sensation in the world of video games, but the future technology of mobile phones could bring the AR to the mainstream in areas such as retail, technical support and health care.
Several mobile device manufacturers have already released AR toolkits for mobile application development. Toolkits allow application developers to access the device’s camera and motion sensors and create applications that place digital objects on the camera’s live view and move them accurately.
While this technology continues to evolve, the next step is smartphones that not only capture and modify images but also project them into the real world. Digital projectors and holographic displays are already under development, but it will take several years before this technology is sufficiently economical and reliable for large-scale use.
Charging your smartphone won’t be necessary
Battery life on mobile devices has always been a major complaint among consumers. With each new model, manufacturers try to improve the battery, but they also add faster processors that consume more power.
To solve this problem, device manufacturers are experimenting with a variety of possible solutions, such as nanobatteries, hydrogen fuel cells, solar energy and even kinetic energy, which means that the phone recharges while on the move.
However, the future phone’s battery works, it will certainly charge faster and probably wirelessly, eliminating the need for a charging port. Some device manufacturers have already made it possible to charge their latest devices wirelessly, but until now the ports remain.
This is likely to change over the next few years as consumers get used to wireless charging, and while coffee shops and other businesses are starting to install wireless charging units for use by customers.
So, what will your smartphone look like in 2018 and beyond? These developments are likely where the trends are heading, but things could change quickly, so it’s really impossible to say for sure. But if you’re hoping to see one of these developments to go live by the following years, then you’d better be ready for anything.