What is the Future technology of mobile phones: What we saw at Mobile World Congress 2018

At Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, all the buzz was about the future technology of mobile phones. On the surface, smartphones might seem to evolve slowly — after all, last year’s Mobile World Congress saw us going backward with the Nokia 3310. Beyond that, compare first-generation iPhone circa 2007 to today’s iPhone 8 or iPhone X. Sure, the latter is thinner and sleeker, more significant,  but they have the same rounded edges, home screen, and icon layout.

Don’t judge any other smartphones, or iPhones, by their covers. The inside has evolved so much more substantially. With each innovation in sensor technology, wireless functionality and even manufacturing materials, cameras,  smartphones are now capable of smarter and smarter tasks, paving the way for the future technology of mobile phones.

What can you expect to see at Mobile World Congress 2019?

Now based on industry research and emerging technology, This is just five predictions for the future technology of mobile phones:

1. What is the future technology of mobile phones? Your phone will know and recognize you. For years, device manufacturers have been exploring ways to beef up device security while letting users bypass that pesky PIN. Many devices now feature iris scanners or fingerprint, both of which have proved hackable.

An earlier experiment in facial recognition was also underwhelming, as that technology could have been fool by a photo of the user’s face. New and emerging facial recognition technology doesn’t just scan facial features, reports the New York Times; it also examines(scans) the contours of a person’s face and head, making the software much harder to fool.

The facial recognition could become the new gold standard for device unlocking, but as smartphone sensors continue to evolve. Your phone might eventually recognize you without scanning you. Instead, it will look for other unique attributes, such as the tone of your voice, the way you move or the pattern of your typing.

2. Your phone will shift reality
Imagine shopping online and being able to look through your phone to see exactly how that new bookshelf would feature in your office, or what that new coat would look like on your son or daughter.

Augmented reality (AR) has already made a splash in the gaming world, but the future technology of mobile phones could take AR mainstream in industries including retail, tech support and healthcare.

Several mobile device manufacturers have already released AR toolkits for mobile app development. The kits (toolkits) enable app developers to access a device’s camera and motion sensors and create apps that lay digital objects on top of the camera’s live view and move them around with precision.

As the technology continues to evolve, the next step is smartphones that don’t merely capture and alter images but also project them into the real world. Digital projectors and holographic displays are already in development, reports T3, but it will likely be several years before this technology is inexpensive and reliable enough for large-scale use.

Both AR and virtual reality will be hot topics at Mobile World Congress 2018, during the conference and in the exhibition center. The NEXTech Hall 8.0 will feature the latest advances in VR/AR, robotics, drones and artificial intelligence.

3. Your phone will be more flexible and maybe even foldable
In a few years, durable,  it will become tough to break your phone, and you might finally be able to fold it up and put it in your pocket. According to Fortune, after years of hype about flexible smartphone screens, this could be the year that one finally hits the market.

Macworld recently reported that device manufacturers are also experimenting with new ways to strengthen the glass used for smartphone screens. Some wearable devices already use sapphire glass, and researchers are making significant breakthroughs on self-healing screens, and even more durable material called graphene glass. Mobile World Congress 2018 dedicated entire exhibition space, called the Graphene Pavilion, to demonstrations and discussions about how this material will transform the mobile industry.

4. We won’t need to charge our phone as often, and you won’t need a charger
Battery life on mobile devices has always been a chief complaint among consumers. With each new model, manufacturers attempt to improve the battery, but they also add faster processors, which drain more energy.

To solve this problem, device manufacturers are experimenting with a variety of possible solutions such as nanobatteries, hydrogen fuel cells, solar power and even kinetic energy — meaning your phone will charge as you move around.

But your future phone’s battery works, eliminate the need for a charging port and it will undoubtedly charge faster and probably wirelessly. Few device manufacturers have already made it possible to charge their latest devices wirelessly, but so far, the ports remain. That will likely change in the coming years as consumers become more accustomed to wireless charging — and as coffee shops and other businesses begin to install wireless charging units for customer use.

Furniture makers have also thought about wireless charging. During Mobile World Congress 2015, IKEA announced plans to begin building wireless charging stations into home decor.
5. We’ll use virtual assistants and virtual buttons.
Producers have been expanding screen size for years, but the smartphone of the future will likely be all screen, with display functions on the back, front and sides of the device. That is no physical buttons, not even a home button.

As this device becomes increasingly streamlined and virtual, so also the user interface. Virtual assistants will take on a more significant role, helping you navigate your phone and apps, personalizing your home screen based on your patterns. Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, these assistants are also becoming smarter and more intuitive.

What will your smartphone look like in 2020 and beyond? These developments are likely where the trends are heading, but disruption happens quickly, it’s impossible to say for sure.


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