Smartphones are nearly ubiquitous, as even the most budget-conscious shopper can likely find a smartphone at an acceptable price. Even though most smartphone changes seem incremental, there have been major breakthroughs, and there are good reasons to think they’re going to advance dramatically in the coming years. Here are some of the ways smartphones are likely to change our lives in the future.
Even older laptops and desktops are perfectly adequate for most needs. Aside from gaming and a few processor-intensive tasks, even the lowest-cost budget laptop will likely function adequately for browsing the web and performing work-related tasks. Smartphones, in general, don’t yet have quite the same performance capabilities, but it’s only a matter of time before they catch up.
Instead of having a separate smartphone and laptop, why not use a laptop shell with a keyboard and touchpad and plug your phone in? When working at home, why not simply place your phone in a dock and use it with a connected keyboard and mouse? As demand for smartphones continues to rise and demand for laptops and desktops falls, smartphones might become the most popular means of performing traditional computing tasks.
Virtual Reality Devices
Smartphones are already being used as virtual reality and augmented reality devices. However, more powerful standalone devices, which are typically paired with a powerful computer, offer far more features. This will change as virtual reality works its way into the mainstream.
Because smartphones have an integrated screen, adapting them to virtual reality tasks is fairly straightforward. Furthermore, accelerometers and other sensors are already found in nearly all smartphones, so manufacturers have ample experience using them. Mobile graphics chips have improved dramatically over the years, and it won’t be long before they can match or exceed those in today’s most popular standalone virtual reality devices. Being able to run virtual reality programming regardless of your location is a major boon to smartphones virtual reality, and it’s likely to make them the standard virtual reality devices in the future.
Many people use standalone devices for streaming media to their televisions. However, smart televisions will make it easier to connect smartphones, especially Android devices, to their televisions, rendering these streaming devices all but obsolete for most users. Furthermore, wireless video streaming capabilities will provide even more flexibility, making it easier to mirror content from smartphones to televisions. When paired with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, television screens and smart devices might replace more traditional computers and make it easier to perform computing tasks while in hotels and at other locations.
Furthermore, smartphones will increasingly be used as remote controls for various devices. The sensors in them mean they work as motion controllers for a wide range of games, and their touchscreens can adapt to various standalone devices. Instead of having to search the couch cushions for lost remotes, users will be able to simply pull out their smart devices.
Home Automation Tools
Slowly but surely, home automation is becoming popular. Already, various companies offer smart doorbells, which allow homeowners to see who is at their front door by looking at their smartphone screens. Microphones in phones allow two-way communication, and mobile connectivity lets homeowners lock and unlock their doors regardless of location.
In-home cameras have dropped in price significantly, and more and more homes are now monitored using an array of cameras. In the past, the only way to view this data was to watch it live on a television screen or review recorded tape. With smartphones, this data can be sent live, and the ubiquity of mobile connectivity means users will always have access to their home cameras. For those with children at home, these cameras will provide more comfort. Furthermore, law enforcement agents can be forwarded information about potential problems, increasingly the likelihood of criminals being caught and, perhaps, making criminals less likely to target homes in general.
Micoprojectors and picoprojectors have gained a considerable amount of attention over the years. However, they’re still standalone devices, and they still offer somewhat limited functionality. This will inevitably change as components become smaller over time. Projectors allow users to set up a large screen nearly anywhere, and they let users bring their content with them while traveling. If the lights in these phones become bright enough, they might even replace typical television screens for most people.
Furthermore, white projector screens available for use by the public might replace televisions and monitors. If all passengers have a device capable of projecting a bright image while in flight, for example, airliners might offer small screens for passengers to use. Hotel rooms can provide pull-down projector screens that allow users to enjoy media on a large screen.
Professional-Quality Photography, Video, and Audio
It’s remarkable how much smartphone photography has improved over the years. Despite the small size of the lenses they use, high-end smartphones can create photographs that even experts have trouble differentiation form professional-grade photography. With dual lenses becoming standard recently, it’s clear that manufacturers are still experimenting and will continue investing in new technology.
These lenses also translate to better video quality, and devices can record at 60 or even 120 frames per second. Furthermore, some films have already been shot exclusively on smart devices, and audiences sometimes struggle to see the difference in quality. Digital video has already made filming content more accessible, and this trend will likely continue going forward. Audio recordings will improve as well, and the act of purchasing a separate microphone for podcasting or recording music might eventually become a thing of the past.
Smartphone adoption has exceeded nearly all expectations, and they’ve proven tremendously popular even in some of the world’s poorest regions. While we can continue expecting incremental upgrades over time, users can also expect to see truly revolutionary changes as technology improves. Furthermore, users shouldn’t expect to pay a premium for these features once they’ve become established.
Even today’s lowest-cost smartphones can do far more than flagship devices from only a few years ago, and those shopping on a budget should expect to have access to revolutionary features only a few years after they become available on the most expensive devices. Visit our Telstra store in Melbourne to learn more about the latest and greatest features available on most available smartphone models today.