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What Does The Future Potentially Hold For Smartphones?

by Martha Simmonds

Did you know that the first so-called smartphone was released in 1992, but the term was only applied from 1995? Well, it was not the smartphones we know and love today. This makes us think about smartphones and their future and exactly what this future holds. We love our mobile phones because we can do pretty much everything on them.

From playing games to taking photos and sending complex documents and emails too. These are the general things. Many of us also hardly ever tap into the full potential of our cellular devices, which is disappointing since our phones can do so much. One of the many things is that you can use smartphones for gaming online.

Using your mind to control your device

Mind control might seem far-fetched now, but when the first cellular device first dropped, no one imagined we would be able to take pictures with them and use the internet, so don’t write this off just yet. Currently, if you have an iPhone, you can use your voice to control your phone by accessing Siri. For Android users, there is Google Assistant to help you navigate your device using your voice.

So, what’s the next step? Well, use your mind to control and use your device. While there is no word on whether this would be possible, many industry experts predict this is one of the next steps. How would this work? Well, you will be performing every function using your mind.

Think about it this way, if you are interested in playing music via YouTube, you can quite literally think about your favorite song, and voila, it plays. We are sure there will be much more to it than that, but this is what is on the cards for now. If we think about it further, using your cellular device will be much faster when using your mind to operate it.

Say goodbye to cables: over-air-charging

Charging cables were absolute garbage just ten years ago. You would buy a new phone today (no matter the make or model), and your charger would have given up a few months down the line. It then only works if you maneuver and place the cable in a particular position; thank goodness those days are long gone!

These days you find wireless charging such as Apple’s MagSafe, but what if smartphone manufacturers are looking at dropping the charger? Well, this is on the cards and is probably much easier to do than the previous one on our list.

There is word that this technology is currently being developed and that it might be rolled out this year, but how would it work? It will be completely different from the current wireless charging model. This is because it will run off radio waves which in the same breath is good for the environment – which makes sense since both Apple and Samsung have committed to making their products more environmentally friendly. Currently, there is a lot of speculation around over-air-charging, but who knows?

Are you ready for… 6G?

Around the world, people were outraged over 5G towers, even going as far as burning them to the ground due to wild conspiracy theories. Thankfully, it does not happen anymore. We’re barely used to 5G and yet 6G is right on our doorstep, with 7G not far behind.

What’s more, 5G hasn’t rolled out to every country yet so unfortunately some folks will be left behind. There is also a lot of information available to help you understand how 6G works and how it will fit into our lives.

Interestingly, the University of California recently started testing a 6G modem and this is a good thing. This new generation of mobile connectivity would mean that downloading would be 50 times faster than its predecessor, so what does that mean?

Recently, Chinese researchers managed to send 1TB of data in one second half a mile away – that is extremely fast. Think about it this way, your 1TB hard drive filled with your favorite movies and series, you can send ALL those files in one go in one second. However, there are some challenges which would include infrastructure upgrades, including new antennas. Despite the challenges, we are looking forward to even better super-fast connectivity!

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