Technology flies along at a breakneck pace, so much so that it almost defies belief. When you compare computers of ten years ago to the super computers of today it’s easy to see how, in the last decade, technological advancements have simply exploded.
Mobile phones are a perfect example of this, and apart from a number of other incredible features and functions, phones in 2017 have as much processing power and storage space as a dozen phones from 2000.
An interesting conundrum, however, has always been trying to predict what the future of technology holds. It is, after all, very difficult to try and imagine exactly what it is that will make something better than it is right now. Even so, let’s take a look at some of the professional predictions of how mobile phone technology will advance in the future.
Better Battery Life
By far the most complained about aspect of modern smartphones is their battery life. As phones have become more powerful, they have likewise become more demanding on their batteries. A new model phone such as the iPhone 7 with its 128GB storage and all its features turned on can easily be dead within a few hours.
If looking at the history of batteries, there is an average of a 6% improvement per year. Although mobile companies have moved on from using the original NiCD batteries and on to more sophisticated options such as LiPoly batteries, battery life is still something that could improve in the future.
In an interview in the Enquirer, Dr Kevin Curran, a computer science expert at Ulster University, said that a 25% battery life increase in the near future could be imminent. However, although this battery life improvement may exist, the devices themselves might be so demanding that the improvements are hardly noticeable.
He added, however, that some promising work is being done in the areas of lithium-sulphur and hydrogen fuel cells, and this could make all the difference.
A Boost for Biometrics
Going forward, biometric technology is set to advance in a big way. Imagine a phone that learns from you as you use it, gathering information over time.
The phone will not only be familiar with your face and fingerprints, but the very nature of the way you type, and interact with the device. Keystroke dynamics, as it is referred to, will soon become standard in smartphones, according to Dr Curran.
And this goes one step further. Paramedics could soon be using ultra-advanced biometric focused smartphones to help with medical diagnosis out in the field, massively improving the help given to patients. The device, with the help of an ever-growing database of cloud information, could literally save lives.
Vast Visual Appeal
Predicting what smartphones will look like in the future is perhaps the most difficult aspect, since aesthetic design is enormously subjective. Much of the physical design of current smartphones, for example, is based around touchscreens, and how best to interact with them.
If touchscreens remain the norm, it seems likely that smartphones will move towards becoming more ergonomic, seen in such concepts like the EmoPulse Phone or the Philips Fluid. There may also be a shift towards the wearable dimension like Kambala’s earpiece phone, or the iPhone NextG projector.
As technology is advancing at such a rapid rate, it’s safe to say that future mobile developments are imminent, and there’s scope and potential for just about anything the imagination can dream up.