4 Predictions About The Future of Mobile Devices

With the increase in the number of Smartphone and tablet users worldwide, mobile device manufacturers are in search for innovative and digitally-advanced gadgets that will uplift our lives and assist us with our daily chores. So, what’s next for mobile development? What else can Smartphone and tablet offer us that are unique, fresh, and innovative?

In the past five years, we have seen how our simple cell phone for making and receiving calls and text messages turned into a digital camera, a movie player, a companion and a daily reminder. In fact, two of the most popular mobile manufacturers, Samsung and Apple, have produced some of the most advanced Smartphone on the market today. Apple takes pride of its best-selling iPhone 5, with its new iOS 6 and camera panoramic view, while Samsung presents their latest Galaxy S4 and its Smart Pause and Scroll eye-tracking features. Overall, we believe Samsung is taking a huge step when it comes to mobile innovation even with their Galaxy S3’s Smart Play over iPhone 5’s 4-inch Retina Display.


Prediction 1: Android Hits 1 Billion users


Analysts have predicted that 2013 will be the year Android will take over the market. Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that Android devices are set to reach the 1 billion mark by lowering down the handset prices to $100 to $70. By making the handsets affordable, Google expects to reach the 5 billion people who are still without Smartphones. According to Schmidt, there are 750 million Android phones in use today, handled by 320 mobile carriers in 160 countries.  In addition, 1.5 million Android tablet and Smartphone sales or activations are closed daily. Google Play has 700,000 mobile apps for all Android users worldwide.


Prediction 2:  Hands-free mobile devices are the future



But Google not only focused on developing Smartphones and tablets, they are also challenging manufacturers to create something hands-free. In fact, with the release of Project Glass, it opens the opportunity for other mobile developers to think outside the box. Google’s Project Glass as presented on their mini-teaser video on YouTube, showed how we can interact more with our mobile device through voice commands. It allows us to enjoy the features of mobile devices such as taking pictures, recording video and more without flipping a finger.


Prediction 3: Mobile Devices will be “Wereable”



Samsung and Apple are also into creating their own hands-free devices. Apple was rumored to build iWatch, an innovative mobile gadget that you can wear wherever you go. According to Bloomberg’s article, Apple has a team of nearly 100 designers who are developing a wearable device that can perform some task of the iPhone and the iPad. Technology consultant Bruce Tognazzini said, “the iWatch will fill a gaping hole in the Apple ecosystem. Like other breakthrough Apple products, its value will be underestimated at launch, and then grow to have a profound impact on our lives and Apple’s fortunes.” Although the iWatch rumored triggered earlier, Samsung executives also guaranteed Android users that they should wait for something wearable from them. Although all information is kept on the wraps, Samsung executive vice president of mobile business Young Hee told Bloomberg that “we’ve been preparing the watch product for so long. We are working very hard to get ready for it. We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them.”


Prediction 4: Bendable, paper-thin Smartphones


Earlier this year, Samsung blew us away with their new Smartphone prototype at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 held in Las Vegas. The Korean company showed a glimpse of their bendable, paper-thin Smartphone running the Microsoft phone software. The bendable screen uses OLEDs (organize light-emitting diodes) that you also see on Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4. However, instead of glass, the developers laid the chemicals over a thin plastic. Along with the flexible, full HD Smartphone, Samsun also introduced a bendable TV. “The concept of the flexible screen has been around for some time, but it finally looks as if Samsung is really going to deliver on that technology,” Stephen Bell, Keystone Global analyst, said.




We are amazed about how fast the world of mobile has adapted to our needs. With apps that assist us in our daily chores, our mobile devices have transformed the way we interact with our Smartphone and tablet. Through the years, cell phones did not only grow in the dimensions, it becomes slimmer, handier, and efficient to use (with touch screen and air shuffle). Even laptops become handier with the launch of Microsoft Surface Pro that carries the power of a PC (Intel Core i5 processor) in a lightweight and easy-to-carry body (weighing 2 pounds). It is the first tablet-PC that runs with Windows 8. Soon, we should expect more hands-free devices to be developed and launched on the market and the touch screen will be a thing of the past. Do you think you’ll enjoy it hands-free than touch screen? Share your thoughts and comments below.


Image Credits:

Featured Image / Google Glass (courtesy of craveonline.com)
Android (courtesy of Tom Barnard via Flickr)
iWatch (courtesy of Headlines & Heroes via Flickr)
Bendable Smartphones (courtesy of mybroadband.co.za)


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