In 2015, mobile phones confidently intruded into our daily lives. In 2016, smartphones are going to change the mobile phone experience with new levels of sophistication to users.
1. Roaming virtual and augmented reality.
Smartphones are becoming more entertaining. Google Cardboard is a well-known inexpensive solution that allows users to take VR pictures and view them through an app.
Augmented technology is another step in the evolution, enabling sensor-based platforms (Project Tango by Google) to generate information and render it on a screen of a mobile device; determining the location of a user and showing objects and people that are in a user’s sight, calculating distances and showing the slightest movements. These advances already show high potential for the development of medical and engineering mobile apps; and will create a new market for Virtual and Augmented reality games that use the surrounding world as a setting.
2. Enabling machine learning.
Android recently announced the integration of machine learning algorithms for smartphones, which will make a strong impact on how data processing is conducted by mobile devices. Machine learning will make it possible to analyze and categorize external data through the device, without sending information to a cloud service. This means that machine-learning apps will run fast on smartphones and a user will not have to rely on a strong wireless connection.
Through machine learning intelligence, smartphones will understand users better and will automatically analyze and interpret data such as sounds, images and locations. For example, once a user takes a picture, their phone can determine individuals on the image and will tag their names.
3. Making screens better and graphics faster.
Great changes are coming to screen resolution and brightness. We will reach a new high in number of pixels (more than the current Quad HD with its 1440 x 2560 pixels). Also, OLED screens that can be easily folded or rolled up are being shown and will become popularized for many uses.
The development of virtual reality for smartphones to provide Ultra HD and 4K entertainment makes support of speedy graphics on devices an absolute necessity. Low-end smartphones are anticipated to provide HD video quality, while pricey phones will have installed GPUs that are lightening fast.
4. Increasing wireless connection speed.
A speedier wireless connection on new mobile devices will be ensured through an LTE modem, which will provide up to 600Mbps for download and 150Mbps for upload. Smartphones will also have an option of wireless connection to monitors and docks.
5. Adding faster chips and improving hardware.
With the regular advancing in energy efficiency and speed, chips of new smartphones will be stacked transistors. This will make it possible to include new “abilities” into chips without sacrificing the battery life, and improving an app performance on a device due to rapid transfer of data.
In terms of hardware, smartphones will shift to USB Type-C ports that will eliminate the problem of connection to monitors or external storage devices that can be plugged straight into a smartphone.