Mobile phones are advancing technologically at an extremely rapid rate, as shown by the progression of facial and voice recognition technology on Apple iPhones as well as wearable technology demonstrated by Google Glass. In response to the population’s increasing reliance on mobile phones, many questions are being asked regarding which innovative features companies such as Samsung, Nokia and Apple are developing and planning to implement on their products in the future.
What most people will react most positively to will be the plans to improve the battery life of mobile devices, so that customers can use them for weeks rather than hours. Gone will be the days of carrying around chargers and batteries wherever we go, instead PC Advisor predicts that we’ll be carrying around two or more smartphones instead: one for entertainment and another for core functions.
There’s been a surge of popularity for websites that allow users to create personalised phone cases using their own photos, reflecting recent reports that examine how mobile phones are increasingly becoming status symbols for their owners. However in the future, phones will become more personal than ever, using fingerprint technology, retina scans, and advanced facial and voice recognition, questioning the necessity of using protective devices such as glass protectors and nature phone cases in the future.
What will we be using these super-phones for? Writing emails and texts will become easier than ever, with companies developing transcription technology which will understand your voice and display your speech onscreen. Wearable technology will also prove extremely beneficial for the health and fitness industry through its built-in sensors, while also exercising more control over our everyday lives through taking pictures automatically and even selecting what is suitable for dinner based on the day’s events.
Phones will also become more important than ever before for making purchases and transferring funds, with Tesco’s Group Food Director Matt Simister predicting how physical hypermarket stores will cease to exist as buildings, with supermarketing shopping transforming from a “world of bricks to a world of clicks”.