Never in human history has technology advanced at such a breakneck pace. Because of these advancements, our phones have quickly become our most trusted companions. Thanks to artificial intelligence and biometrics, our mobile devices are revolutionizing the ways we work and express ourselves, but where is smartphone tech headed next?
From AI-powered voice assistance to AR-assisted living, smartphones are about to take a massive leap forward. Here are some of the features we can expect to see in the near future.
Augmented reality is already part of modern smartphone functionality, but the technology behind the feature is still in its infancy. AR allows us to integrate digital data into our real lives.
For example, IKEA offers an AR app that allows us to see how furniture looks in our homes before we make a purchase. We expect this technology to grow by leaps and bounds in the coming years, providing us with new and exciting ways to include smartphone tech in our daily lives.
Current smartphone displays are limited, mostly due to the amount of real estate they take up in our pockets. Several smartphone developers are actively working on flexible or foldable screens that could help eliminate our phone size woes.
Flexible screens, using Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) technology, could be folded and unfolded, allowing us to expand the size of our phone’s screen on-demand, effectively removing the need to have both a smartphone and a tablet.
Advanced Voice Assistance
Voice assistance has come a long way in the last few years, but the technology still has room to improve. Over the next few years, we expect voice assistance to continue to grow more advanced, eventually evolving into a true hands-free experience.
For evidence, we need look no further than Google’s new partnership with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, the largest auto group on the planet. The deal is expected to bring the tech giant’s advanced AI operating system to tens of millions of cars over the next few years. Google’s powerful voice assistance will allow us to communicate with our cars and our phones in exciting new ways.
The key to the future of voice assistance is personalization. Voice recognition AI is expected to become more personalized and better attuned to your specific needs. The AI will work consistently across a variety of devices, including your smartphone, your car and your appliances, creating a seamless, cohesive experience.
On-Screen Fingerprint Scanners
Voice recognition isn’t the only biometric feature expected to improve in the coming years. Currently, fingerprint readers require some sort of physical placement on the device. Advancements in display technology could change all of that. Developers are currently experimenting with fingerprint scanners that are embedded into the phone’s display.
The future of biometrics will be all about fine-tuning, perfecting and expanding already existing technology. Facial recognition is still somewhat of a security novelty. It’s impressive enough to be desired, but not consistent enough to be widely-adopted. Soon, facial recognition will not only become more reliable, but also more intelligent, resulting in fewer false readings and faster performance.
In the distant future, facial recognition tech might even be able to interpret your facial expression to determine your mood, leading to a customizable experience beyond our wildest dreams.
Motion / Solar Charging
If wireless charging isn’t convenient enough for you, there might be an even easier solution right around the corner. Smartphones of the future will likely include kinetic and solar energy technology, which will allow us to charge our phones through our body’s movement.
Not only will this feature make charging our phones super convenient, it would also reduce the strain on our electrical grid, making it a greener alternative for the environmentally-conscious consumer.
Smartphone technology has developed at a startling pace over the past few years, but it’s clear that there is still more to come. Artificial intelligence, augmented reality, advanced biometrics and foldable displays have the potential to make our lives easier and more productive. The future of mobile tech will be exciting to watch, and even more exciting to experience.