What could smartphones look like in 2030?

About 10 years ago, the evolution of smartphones seemed unthinkable. However, what seemed impossible has become a reality: smartphone technology has accelerated at such a breakneck pace that the first smartphones look primitive.

Today, the smartphone transcends the boundaries of communication and has become the main platform for accessing information. A few years ago, we used myriad devices to check the weather, edit photos, or access our email or calendar, to name a few. Today, however, we find everything on our smartphones.

Nowadays, we can say that mobile phones have become an extension of ourselves and have changed our lives forever. Eighty percent of the population owns a cell phone and more than a billion of them are smartphones. We check our mobile phone an average of 150 times a day; in fact, some people experience intense feelings of anxiety when they forget about it.

Far from stopping in their development, smartphones will continue to evolve in the years to come. Some predict that they will become real remote controls for our lives, others think that they could disappear into wearable devices such as glasses or watches.

Screens should also become brighter and bend in different ways; cameras will become so sophisticated that they threaten to catapult high-end SLRs, and the digital assistants within them will become, at best, even more connected.

That said, let’s take a closer look at what our cell phones might look like in the next ten years. Let’s try to guess.

Charging in the open: goodbye to wired chargers

Imagine you’ve run out of battery and don’t have a charger with you. This will no longer be a problem in the next few years, as the next connected devices should be able to be charged using over-the-air wireless solutions. The technology used would be that of radio waves, which would also be more environmentally friendly.

Meanwhile, several media reported that Elon Musk would consider launching a smartphone, the Tesla Model Pi, whose battery could be recharged via sunlight. This device would be classified in the high-end range and would have extremely futuristic aspects.

Musk also intends his future smartphone project to contain his own apps that can be linked to Tesla vehicles. It is not yet known when Musk’s project, which is expected to cost around €1,000, will hit the market.

6G technology: you can download a movie in seconds

6G, as its name suggests, is the sixth generation of mobile connectivity. Although 5G has not yet been able to reach all territories, Samsung, in collaboration with the University of California, is already testing the prototype 6G wireless communication, which would mean that the maximum data rate could be 50 times higher. faster than 5G.

This is a technical challenge, as it would require extending the spectrum to 3000 GHz, building new antennas and continuing high-tech research.

Recently, a group of Chinese researchers succeeded in sending 1 TB of data in one second over a distance of 1 km. The Tsinghua School of Space Engineering in Beijing managed to simultaneously broadcast more than 10,000 high-definition videos. Thus, for the moment, China seems to be in the lead in this type of technology, with more than 40% of patents in this field coming from the Middle Kingdom.

That said, for all intents and purposes, what would the arrival of 6G mean for our lives?

Much faster browsing, lower latency, the ability to download a movie in seconds, greater power efficiency, truly immersive extended reality including holographic communications, and automated, interconnected artificial intelligence.

6G technology, expected to begin commercialization around 2030, would have the ability to connect to much more complex devices, such as self-driving cars, flying vehicles and drones, among others.

Foldable phones: will they become popular?

A foldable mobile phone could change the way content is consumed. It is a mobile device that adapts to the right size to perform a specific task. So, for example, our smartphone could unfold to go from a small smartphone to a tablet, if necessary. Mobile and tablet therefore merge.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

Once again, Samsung is leading the charge when it comes to foldable technology, as 9 of the 10 products sold to date are its own. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 has been the crowd’s favorite foldable, with a 52% market share.

Likewise, brands such as Huawei, Motorola, and Apple have been working on developing their own foldable phones for some time.

For now, the foldable device sector does not compete with “normal” mobile phones, and it will be a few years before this type of device reduces its prices further and can penetrate the market with more force. Foldable phones are expected to account for nearly 10% of all smartphone sales by 2030.

Even smarter artificial intelligence (AI)

Artificial intelligence will become even more powerful in the next ten years and will play a major role in our lives. If AI is already a key element of today’s smartphones, in functions such as voice assistants, photography, augmented reality or real-time language translation, future devices will be equipped with a multitude of new functions.

The artificial intelligence of the future could make more complex and human-like decisions. She could be at the center of a suite of connected devices, such as entertainment, connected car or home automation, making restaurant reservations for you, recommending new experiences, telling a story to children, managing your schedule or organize your shopping.

Amazon Echo more

In the not so distant future, artificial intelligence will even have the ability to understand our emotions. Huawei is already working on it. Your device could even act as a psychologist: it will cheer you up if you’re sad, give you advice if you’re feeling overwhelmed… It could even become your friend or confidant.

Holographic screens: this is no longer science fiction

In recent years, holograms have been a part of some sci-fi and futuristic fantasy films. Star Wars, Blade Runner 2049 or Iron Man are examples.

Smartphones of 2030 will also feature holographic display technologies.

Holographic displays could represent 3D images or videos that would float above the device and could be viewed from any angle without the need for 3D glasses.

Smartphones without ports or buttons

Another trend for the coming years is to create mobile devices without ports or buttons, only screens. In fact, many current smartphones have already eliminated the 3.5mm headphone jack and are using Bluetooth-enabled wireless headphones.

The USB port of mobile devices should also disappear completely.

Vivo and Meizu are the brands that have already developed the first prototypes in line with these premises, and once again China is betting heavily on this technology.

Substantial improvement of the cameras: is it possible?

In the next few years, mobile phone cameras should have such high image quality that they could even replace professional cameras. The biggest change is expected in the number of megapixels.

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Electronic tattoos, fusion of humans and machines… What if the smartphone disappeared forever?

We cannot predict exactly what technological changes mobile devices will bring in the next ten years, but what we do know is that smartphones have become an indispensable part of our lives.

We wonder what will be the next technology that will replace smartphones, especially since Bill Gates recently declared that electronic tattoos will be the new device used to usher in the next generation of technology. This technology, which remains to be developed, would consist of printing chips on the skin in order to monitor and collect personal information, such as medical or sports data.

Extensive studies are currently being carried out on possible electronic tattoos with the collaboration of companies such as Google and Chaotic Moon Studios, an American company in which the tycoon invests because of the potential he sees in the development of this technology.

Elon Musk, on the other hand, assures us that in time we will merge with the machines, so that we can change bodies when ours is no longer useful or transplant our memories in the event that our heads stop working. In his own words, “if we don’t, artificial intelligence will render us useless.” Moreover, this technology is already being developed at the universities of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Washington. Incredible, isn’t it?

Many of these predictions are just that: predictions. And by 2030, we could see very different technologies than we imagine today. I wonder if all of this will eventually happen and if humans will be ready for it.

The debate remains open.

Adapted from the original article written by Carolina Díaz Marsá, and published on our sister site PCWorld.es.

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