Tech Trends That are Shaping the Mobile World
You wouldn’t have to go more than a few years back to think that today’s smartphones are nothing short of science fiction. With edge-to-edge displays, facial recognition, unbelievably good cameras and lightning-fast processors, smartphones have come a long way since the days when Nokia and Sony Ericsson reigned supreme.
But, how much further can we push the rectangular slab of silicon, glass and metal before we run into a roadblock? We’ve already made their screens as big and bright as possible, stuck copious amounts of cameras to the back and given them enough processing power to do just about anything. What more could we do?
Well, just like it would be impossible to imagine the features of today’s smartphones a few years ago, we probably won’t know what lies ahead until it happens. What we can do, however, is take a look at some of the tech trends that are currently shaping the mobile world.
It’s safe to say that flexible smartphone displays had a bit of a crash-and-burn moment in 2019. Samsung’s version experienced major hardware issues while Huawei’s Mate X is yet to be released.
The FlexPai by Royole is currently the only smartphone you can buy with a folding screen and it’s no stranger to issues itself. So, the tech still has a long way to go, but it’ll definitely have a prominent position in the future of smartphones.
While wireless charging has been around for some time now, it’s safe to say that the technology is still in its primitive form. Modern wireless charging mats need to be in close contact with the device they’re charging, but this is soon going to change. We’ve already seen startups demonstrate wireless chargers that are capable of working from a few feet away.
This type of tech is known as resonant inductive coupling. It enables the power source to create a long-range magnetic field, which induces a charging current when it comes in contact with a receiver on a smartphone. There’s also a version that works by locating devices through Bluetooth and bouncing energy off walls in a room to reach the receiver.
Today’s high-end smartphones, otherwise known as flagships, are pretty damn expensive. If anything, it seems as if they’re only getting pricier by the year. However, this isn’t an accurate representation of how smartphone prices have changed. Take a look at midrange or budget devices and you’ll see a completely different picture.
These phones are getting much more affordable, largely due to new innovations on the production line that are making it easier to produce something more powerful for less. For instance, rapid prototyping hardware services are making it easier for new manufacturers to quickly have a prototype version of their product produced.
It’s not easy to pinpoint exactly where smartphones are headed moving forward. Either way, the future is set to be an exciting one with plenty of promise. Perhaps, the smartphone itself won’t be around for much longer and a replacement will soon arrive. Only time will tell, so stick around to find out.