Have you ever seen a human being right now who doesn’t own a smartphone? It’s probably unlikely, right? Even kids have their own smart gadgets to tinker with and pass the time. Indeed, smartphones have become a crucial part of our lives and we can’t imagine living without it. From the moment we wake up until the moment we sleep at night, it’s the last thing we hold and treasure dearly.
Now, the question is will it ever run out of style? Who knows? Technology evolves and it is ever changing; upgrading, rather. When you look back on the proud history of smartphones, you’d notice how pretty tame most mobile gadgets now are unlike older mobile phones that varied in size and shape. Almost everything looks quite the same now despite how powerful they have become internally.
In the past few weeks, two top tech companies have said smartphones will soon be obsolete.
Microsoft’s Alan Kipman made the boldest statement, saying smartphones are already “dead”.
Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, was a bit more generous, giving smartphones about five years before they were replaced.
There were two things in common about the companies behind these statements.
First, they both missed the smartphone bus. Microsoft has repeatedly tried to make phones and an operating system and has failed each time.
Facebook also tried to make an operating system and tanked even worse than Microsoft.
Second, they are both bullish on augmented reality. In fact, both statements came while promoting their AR tech. AR is the integration of digital information with your environment in real time. The Pokemon Go app is the most common example.
Kipman is responsible for Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality headset and he predicts this type of tech will kill off our love for smartphones. Zuckerberg agrees and outlines a world where everyone wears glasses which allow virtual screens to be everywhere.
People will always be curious and want to innovate. Some will defy the norm and come up with crazy ideas that may actually work or maybe not but we can never tell unless we give it a try.
That five-inch phone in your pocket, the one you absolutely can’t live without, does damn near anything these days. It’s the Great Usurper, rendering everything from newspapers to music players to actual human interaction all but obsolete. People embraced smartphones faster than any other gadget in the history of the world, creating a trillion-dollar industry that is expected to reach more than six billion people in the next four years.
And yet some people dare to ask, “What’s next?” I hear this question from smartwatch manufacturers and light bulb companies and headphone makers and so many others in tech. They’re all trying to find The Next Big Thing and figure out what the world looks like when smartphones finally go away. Some are betting on the ‘internet of things’ to blanket the world in computers, making the one in your pocket moot. Others say the future lies with computers on your body. Or in your body. Everyone is in the spaghetti-throwing phase, searching for the iPhone (or Pixel) killer. But here’s the thing: Smartphones aren’t going away. Not anytime soon. Smartphones are, and will remain, the hub of a new wheel, the sun around which the universe orbits.
Smartphones are roughly 10 years old now but it’s not showing any signs of becoming obsolete soon. The truth is, it’s actually becoming more popular by the day and experts estimate that almost everyone in the planet now owns one.
But I don’t think the smartphone will completely die off. Instead, I believe it’s more likely to morph into a mobile computing device that provides the smarts of whatever interface device is feeding you information, whether it’s a pair of smart glasses, a digital voice, or even something connected directly to your brain. (Some might argue that mobile technology is getting small enough to pack the necessary smarts into the interface devices themselves, but that will be challenging given the new functions we’ll expect these new devices to perform.)
In fact, I believe smartphones, or the core technology powering them, will become even more essential to our daily lives in the future. Whether that tech stays in the rectangular-slate shape we know today or it morphs into some kind of wearable “brain,” the technical wizardry that powers today’s smartphones will evolve and make it possible to walk around and access information without ever needing to look at a screen.
There is no truth then that smartphones will run out of style soon but it will probably evolve into something more efficient than it already is and look a little different too. Some makers may be leaning into the technology of augmented reality soon and it’s something we should all watch out for. Whether it will be a hit still remains a question, though, as the technology is yet untested in real life.
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