From flip to folding, the evolution in the outer form of a smartphone is nothing compared to the massive transformation that has happened inside this small sliver of metal and glass. It is now a multi-tool that connects, informs, and entertains while keeping work productivity high!
Clearly, innovations in smartphone technology are not going to slow down anytime soon. In fact, the one thing we can CERTAINLY count on is that the smartphone in 2030 will look and feel nothing like what we have in our pockets right now! However, without letting our imagination take wing, here are some trends that most industry experts see as realistic –
The large screen-dominated phones might not be around much longer. The demise of screens can be attributed to enhanced voice control, gesture control and simpler and intuitive interfaces.
Also, we will see the untethering of the phone from the screen. The brick we carry around will change shape once we have other flexible screen options like holograms, projection, retinal display systems and more.
AI will see skyrocketing integration, especially with 5G becoming the next default connectivity software. We could be moving towards an entirely seamlessly connected AI interface that does away with the app economy. Instead of siloed applications housing information and experiences, we would have a single AI interface that brings us all we need at the touch of a button or with one spoken word. Also, this AI interface won’t just be confined to your phone; rather, it will be your constant companion throughout your day at various touchpoints with other smart tech devices.
No longer a phone
The word smartphone could disappear altogether. In reality, we use our phones more for activities that have nothing to do with telephony – work, learn, teach, or to entertain or be entertained. As more and more of our lives become connected with our phones, it will morph into more of an AI-powered personal assistant.
We think the first thing to go would be the traditional form of the phone. Once we break down the barrier around what-a-phone-should-look-like, the sky’s the limit. Who amongst us hasn’t spent many anxious minutes searching for our phones? Who hasn’t forgotten it and become anxious? Moving into a hands-free form is the next logical step! What shape it takes is up for discussion – in the short run, we think it will be the form of a wearable or a Google Glass type of device.
More sensitive sensors
Our phones are already fitted with several simple sensors; these will multiply exponentially to include healthcare-related sensors such as biomarkers, ultrasonic, EKG and more. Other sensors could be facial recognition, security clearances, traffic sensors, mood sensors – the list just goes on!
Creativity and content
With 5G connectivity and seamless storage, coming generations of smartphones will provide more and more sophisticated tools to revolutionize the stream of human creativity. With lives shifting online, the need for content will provide a readymade space for these creative outpourings. Better imaging technology and AI integrations will be critical parts of this trend.
This is not all,
Battery, processors, materials and display technologies are all undergoing massive disruptions. From screenless displays such as virtual retina displays to DNA computing to skin touch screens – the list of innovations coming out of the field is endless. While we can’t predict which tech becomes dominant and which one fizzles out – one thing is for sure, we are in for some exciting and surprising times ahead!