It’s 2020, and you’re witnessing a lot of flashbacks rounding up the last ten years of mobile devices and tech in general — but what about the future advances? How could smartphones change over the next ten years?
We’ve seen some groundbreaking discoveries in the 2010s, and in particular 2019. Besides, we’ve also projected at where these trends could go by the next decade, considering everything from foldable phones to over-the-air charging and 6G.
Foldable phones have been in discussion since 2019, with multiple mobile companies launching devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Motorola Razr 2019. These devices will gain more popularity with the release of more devices.
So by 2030, is it safe to assume that we all could own foldable phones? Well, that clearly depends on the way mobile companies advance in the next few years. Currently, foldable phones are primarily seen as an interesting catch, but ones that most people wouldn’t consider purchasing as their upcoming mobile phone. This is because they are definitely going to be expensive. Also, their softwares aren’t functionally stable yet, and some of the bugs don’t have a foolproof, potential solution still.
In any case, the next few years will be the period of experimentation for foldable phones. Moreover, we will see a variety of phones that come in all price ranges. Ten years is a long time, and foldable phones will likely gain a lot of traction, but that depends on whether people start to trust them or not.
5G and 6G
However, in the early months of 2020, we’ve seen mentions of 6G (then-U.S. President Donald Trump has already been demanding it, but we’ll have to see the time people would take to switch to 5G completely). Moreover, we might have to wait for a while as faster, more advanced connections can take some time to be developed.
One thing’s clear: the battery life of several smartphones sucks at present. Even though you own a high-tech phone such as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro with its 4,200mAh battery, you’re still only looking at around two days of average use. Once the gadget gets discharged, you either have to charge it for a couple of hours or place it on a wireless charging pad, if at all your phone supports it.
Things would be different in the future. A company called Energous is developing over-the-air chargers to charge future mobile devices. Keep your device within three feet of the WattUp Mid Field transmitter, and it will start charging.
This technology wouldn’t be just for smartphones but would apply to all your gadgets, from laptops to Bluetooth headphones and smartwatches. Who knows, it could even charge your electric vehicle in the coming years.
The Bottom Line
Smartphones in the next ten years would be powered by many features, making it even more superlative that what it is now. These phones may flaunt a massive upgrade, allowing us to perform much more tasks than we already do.
In 2017, Elon Musk founded a company called Neuralink that aims to implant tiny electrodes into the human brain, allowing people to communicate with machines directly. This technology would also allow you to upload and download your thoughts — literally. However, this technology is far from becoming a reality. Nevertheless, with such ideas in mind, anything is possible in the future.