What everyone is looking forward
The power and speed of today’s smartphones were unprecedented at the break of the early millennium. Who knew that it would dominate and revolutionise global telecommunications with its technology and versatility for daily life, business, entertainment, recreation and of course its big role in the telecommunications world. Here are five things we can expect to see in a few years’ time.
Flexible Screens – Although not yet in widespread use, the flexible and high resolution AMOLED screens that have been introduced at expos and tech shows are ultra-flexible and can bend along perfectly with the pliable material. It presents the smartphone screen in a whole new way, the visuals bending along with the plastic film screen with no distortion or visual errors. It is expected to be applied in the smartphone industry with bendable and slightly bendable phones that are more shock proof and bend at will in many extreme situations and conditions. There are curved and slightly bendable phones out now, such as the G Flex from LG and a bendable screen phone coming soon from Samsung. As it develops, future bendable smartphones will have more extreme applications possible.
5G – The next evolutionary step of the 4G or Fourth Generation wireless mobile broadband technology. The 5G is still a working development that’s expected to launch around the year 2020, where the ultra-fast and ultra-seamless format will have been developed and possible to operate. Its development was seen as the next level due to the increasing number and further advancement of wireless networks, and the further development of 4G, which is still considered the current fastest and most advanced mobile connection in use, despite its actual limited coverage area. This is theoretically where the 5G format will ultimately be possible once the desired levels of wireless technology and its resulting speed and connectivity eventually reaches 5G standards. Japan is one of the leading countries that are developing the technology, with local mobile service provider NTT Docomo ongoing trials, and with an expected launch date sometime in 2020 as well.
Instant-Log in on any smartphone – with the aid of a “key” device named Portable SIM, people can log-in to any smartphone, tablet or other compatible handheld gadgets. It basically acts as a “universal” log-in much like how one can log in on a personal computer with a separate profile while still retaining the original user’s settings and profile without any access or interference to the original user’s profile. Any smartphone can accommodate other users without interfering with the original user’s own profile and settings, but still operate with all the normal functions. Although already out with successful prototypes, the Japanese company Docomo already has a working prototype model that will further develop this SIM log-in key.
The Universal Remote Control – the smartphone has been developed as a remote control for digital cameras and a few smartphone-connected devices by syncing with an app and a wireless connection. It has also been developed to do basic remote control on household digital appliances, and some of them have been integrated into the Siri app to add a voice functionality as well. As the technology further develops, it will branch into many other devices, and backed by apps and upcoming advanced technology, we will soon possibly use the smartphone as a universal remote control for a wider number of important gadgets, devices and appliances as well, not to mention bigger equipment, all in the convenience of a compact smartphone.
Advanced Mobile Gaming – we’re not talking about Flappy Bird level gaming, but gaming at the level of online PC and console gaming, but using 5G wireless broadband connections and smartphones that have dedicated gaming controls, visuals and sound. Although we do have some pretty smashing games and game controller adapters compatible on a majority of smartphones, games enhanced by the fastest and most reliable wireless broadband plus advanced smartphones will hopefully do the trick somewhere in the near future. There are a few in the market such as the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play with a slide out controller which serves as the prototype now available. But with the very fast advancement of smartphone and gaming technology, this development should come very soon and bring gaming into the smartphone world in a revolutionary way.