These days, it has become impossible for people to get through a day without checking their phone multiple times and it is not very difficult to see why. After all, the smartphones we have today boast high-resolution screens, quality cameras and plenty of gaming and social media apps that can keep us occupied. However, it turns out that this is only the beginning because there are a lot more innovations to come as smartphone companies such as Samsung, Apple and Huawei are busy working on some new and spectacular features. So, what can you expect from your smartphone in the future?
Let’s take a look at some of the advancements that might be made:
In-screen fingerprint scanners
Now that full-screen smartphones are becoming mainstream, a number of companies have moved their fingerprint scanner to the phone’s back or have introduced the face-scanning feature for unlocking your device. But, Chinese smartphone makers like Xiaomi and Vivo have found a way of embedding fingerprint scanners inside the screen. This still gives you a full-screen and ensures your fingerprint scanner is accessible.
Although the average family uses more than 300 gallons of water a day, you’d normally fear getting your phone drenched. Perhaps because of this, various device makers have already eliminated things like the home button and the headphone jack for making their phones water resistant. Nevertheless, there is growing evidence that the next step could eliminate buttons altogether. Google, Apple and Samsung have chosen to shun buttons in favor of swipe-based navigation, facial recognition or pressure and touch-sensitive alternatives that stimulate the feeling of pressing a button without requiring an actual button. According to rumors, Apple and Samsung are currently working on wraparound displays in which the screen can be stretched to the back of the device. A different kind of functionality could be added to the sides of your smartphones with this technology, rendering buttons useless.
9 camera lenses
You may never have any need for your Nikon again. In the last few years, smartphone manufacturers have been experimenting with including multiple small lenses to their phones. These lenses are capable of shooting simultaneously for creating a photo that boasts sophisticated depth effects. While some devices from Samsung and Apple already have two lenses and a third is also expected, this feature will step up in a major way in the future. Light, the camera manufacturer, is already working on a prototype that will boast 9 lenses and we could have a nine-camera phone in the near future.
Batteries powered via air
Battery life is one of the biggest issues with most smartphones today. In fact, it is the reason why people say that I want to sell my phone for cash today because they are sick of the battery issues. Every person has at one point wished to no longer need to carry chargers with them. The good news is that this day might be closer than you thought as currently work is ongoing on batteries that can harness power out of thin air. Just like Wi-Fi delivers internet to our smartphones, companies are working on developing a way to deliver power to them in the same way. Radio frequencies between transmitters are used by this tech for sending power and it is already being tested and applied. While it might take a while, there is a possibility that it will be adopted by smartphones in the future.
Soon, cracked smartphones screens will become a thing of the past as companies have taken numerous steps in recent years to boost their devices’ durability. The development of synthetic polymers exploded after 1940, but companies have since improved upon plastic use in technology. In July last year, an ‘unbreakable’ smartphone display was developed by Samsung, which was made of an OLED panel and a layer of fortified plastic that doesn’t break upon impact and only flexes. Gorilla Glass, which is used in various iPhones, is also strengthening its product. In the meantime, other companies have switched to synthetic diamond glass or sapphire screens for reducing the fragility of their devices.
You can find phones in a wide array of colors and it can often be a struggle to choose the best one. White, silver and black provide you with a more classic touch, but they also seem quite boring. Purple, green or red colors tend to stand out more, but they give your phones a less professional and toy-ish look.
The great thing is that you may not have to pick a color with smartphones of the future. The phones are expected to have a fully transparent back as a glass-like material with the ability of absorbing light is to be used for making it. The devices will have multiple LED lights inside and you can change their color in the settings, meaning that you will be able to switch colors as frequently as you like.
Increasingly water-resistant devices
It is not just the screens and colors of smartphones that are expected to evolve in the future. In the past few years, manufacturers such as Sony, Samsung and Apple have been working on making their phones less vulnerable to water damage. It started off with a stronger adhesive on buttons and ports, but even that could be infiltrated by water. Therefore, some companies have chosen to eliminate these buttons and ports altogether to make devices more resistant to water. But, this is only the beginning as devices are expected to be more water resistant.
Solar Panel Phones
Solar power is another potential solution that is being developed for increasing your phone’s life. Manufacturers like Nokia, Samsung and others are already experimenting with device’s that can harness power from sunlight, which will make them extremely efficient.
Apart from these, you can expect a ton of other advancements in the latest smartphones such as retractable screens, motion-charging, supercapacitor batteries, self-healing screens, environmental sensors, touchless control, thermal imaging, augmented reality and more. All these advancements are expected to make your smartphones more multi-functional and you may not require any other device. Suffice it to say, the future promises to bring a plethora of interesting things to our smartphones and they can definitely make things more fun.