In Just Thirty Years, Cell Phones Became Smartphones!

Future phones will be sleeker, look different, and do more. The cell phones and mobile phones of the past are gone forever.

Smaller Is Better! (Except When It Is Not)

For many years, cell phones became smaller. The 1983 DynaTAC 8000X, the first commercially available mobile phone, was the size of a brick. Because it is so very small, I continue to use a "flip phone" which easily fits in any pocket.

The trend regarding size has changed. As phones can do more than just transmit and receive calls or text messages, the size has increased. Smartphones, for example, are heavier and larger than my "flip phone".

Of course, smartphones can do so much more. Their cameras rival the "point-and-shoots". They can stream movies or television programs. And they can surf the WEB at blazing speed.


Every manufacturer is trying to determine what the optimal size of their smartphone or tablet computer (Ex. iPad) should be. Consumers will eventually decide.

As future phones evolve, there will be super smartphones. But, it will take someone like Steve Jobs to develop it. Because, as Jobs said, "people don't know what they want until you show it to them."

What's Next?

The imagination of visionaries will transform the world of digital into our physical world. When that happens, the consumers, with dollars in their hands, will want the "latest and the greatest".

Future technology is becoming increasingly faster. A phone bought next year may be obsolete one month later.

Today, a smartphone is a handheld computer as well as many other things. Apps are available to manage finances, access bank accounts, make purchases, etc. It will be interesting to experience what a future phone can do.

Manufacturers will do whatever it takes to appeal to a wider audience. It may be something as simple eliminating glass scratches by using "Gorilla Glass" (used by Samsung). Or it could be a technology that no one has even dreamt of.

Here Is What's Next! (Or Maybe Here Already)

  • Video Chatting & Conferencing
  • Voice recognition
  • Built-in credit card reading capability
  • Miniaturization (except viewable screens)
  • Sharper images
  • Built-in fingerprint reader
  • Removable "blue tooth" headset
  • Flexible phones (permitting sleeker designs)
  • Wearable phones (Ex. bracelet)
  • Displays on two sides (Ex. OLED display on one side & an electronic-ink display on the flip side)
  • Better batteries (Ex. liquid battery)"Solar skin" that allows batteries to be charging when exposed to any light
  • Bendable screens

A future phone that has the ability to find a restroom.

I Wonder If This Is Possible?

One forecaster believes that phones will help to review the health of the user. Drastic discrepancies in body functions will be detected and reported. Easier things such as recording body temperature do seem feasible.

Another prophet believes that personally relevant data will be collected, analyzed, and revealed to the user without the user requesting it.

In the present, it has been said that you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their cell phone. In the future, that may be even more revealing.

One more thing. It is expected that Apple of Intel (or both) are getting close to launching their own TV service. Of course, it will be available on your future phone.

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