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BY NOKIA

The future is here: What’s next for smartphones?


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The world of smartphones is changing at a rapid pace as people around the world rely on them more than ever before for almost every aspect of daily life. Smartphones make life much easier and enjoyable in many ways in the modern world. Through this article we’ll discuss five of the exciting trends that are driving smartphone technology and will impact how we use our phones in the years to come.

Extreme Battery Life

It’s hard to believe that just a few years ago smartphones wouldn’t last much more than a few hours before needing to be recharged. Today, smartphone batteries are more powerful and efficient than ever before, allowing users to stream media, talk and text for hours on end. Although smartphones currently use the lithium-ion battery that was first introduced over 20 years ago, developers are introducing new types of batteries that could take battery life to a whole new level beyond what we can imagine. Coupled with faster charging times, in the near future smartphones will require recharging less frequently, allowing users to get on with their daily lives without worrying about the dreaded low battery sign.

Flexible Phones

Smartphone manufacturers are beginning to unveil one of the latest technologies—flexible and foldable phones that have the potential to upend how we currently use smartphones and tablets. As manufacturers continue to release smartphones that grow in size each year, foldable phones have the potential to allow users to carry large phones without needing to find much room in a pocket or bag for storage. Flexible phones are the future, and they will enable us to store information that at first glance wouldn’t appear to fit in such a small space. They would offer both portability and “pocketability,” enabling users to avoid making a choice between a smartphone and tablet when considering what device to carry.

Hologram Technology

Appearing as 3D virtual objects, holograms have the potential to significantly alter how we use our smartphones. This augmented reality technology would transform how we interact with information and media, as 3D holograms could be projected to display text, images and video far bigger than what we can fit on our smartphone screens. For example, hologram technology could take video calling to a whole new level as it offers the potential for users to simulate the appearance of being in the same room. The possibilities for this technology have only just begun to be explored as developers unveil early-stage technology.

 

 

Camera and Imaging Innovations

Early smartphones didn’t feature front and back-facing cameras. Since then, there has been a race to improve camera quality and fit multiple cameras and lenses onto smartphones, and today some smartphone cameras can produce professional-looking photos. Cameras are featuring more megapixels than ever before and smarter AI technology to make taking pictures more effortless and enjoyable for users. Certain phones are even offering the first-ever five camera array, providing users with advanced depth control, UHD 4k HDR video and editing options to capture high-quality photos and videos faster and more reliably than ever.

Facial Recognition

Although facial recognition technology has been around for several years, the pace of innovation is quickly accelerating. Most frequently used for unlocking smartphones, facial recognition technology has made strides to become more efficient, safe, and enjoyable for users. As false facial readings continue to decline, facial recognition will become more heavily relied on. It will most likely replace the fingerprint sensor in the near future for many smartphone makers as users become accustomed to unlocking their phone by looking at it—by far the easiest way to do so. Additionally, facial recognition will play a role as a secure technology, cutting down on the chances of unauthorized parties breaching private information of users.

As smartphones are so deeply intertwined in our lives, these technologies could conceivably revolutionize the way we live, work and play. As we watch these technologies unfold, it’s clear the future for smartphone usage is bright—and will continue to make our lives that much more enjoyable.

 

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