Has Smartphone Development come to a Halt? What’s next in Terms of Technology?

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What else can we expect from smartphones in the future? It seems that the devices have reached their peak of development and further there will be only minor improvements that will not dramatically affect the perception of devices. To answer briefly in the format of Telegram-channel to such a question is impossible, as it requires detailed explanations. But first I would like to recommend the book “Enlightenment Continues” by Steven Pinker. It is about exactly the same development, when from the outside it seems that nothing new is happening, but everything is based on our outlook and our assessment of today’s technologies, without regard to how they will change in the medium term.

In the days of button phones, every year was a holiday, technologies changed, new opportunities appeared, and progress seemed inevitable and eternal. Even the appearance of smartphones was the same in nature, we saw progress and there was no doubt that new devices are better than those we use. The speed of the development of new technologies was stunning, but every year it slowed down. Look at the flagships of 2023 and compare them with last year, there will be differences, but there are not so many of them from the point of view of the consumer. The life of electronics is growing and the reason is that we do not see serious changes, there is nothing to pay for every year. And I am pleased since dozens of different devices have absorbed the same smartphones, they have become very complex and reliable tools. They simply should not have a short century in one, or two years, such devices need to be used longer. About what devices were replaced today by smartphones, we wrote repeatedly.

The growing lifetime of smartphones dictates new requirements for the materials from which they are made. At the same time, we received a more or less understandable form factor, the size of the devices will no longer change. Our hands do not grow over the course of life, hence the natural restrictions that the human anatomy imposes.

Smartphones with flexible screens are called to partially bypass these restrictions, this is the last squeak of technology, and they are actively developing. The folding design allows you to achieve new use scenarios. In very detailed material, he talked about flexible smartphones and their capabilities.

And the race for flexible smartphones shows that we have competition, sometimes it is very aggressive, which leads to an improvement in characteristics and the emergence of new technologies. Let’s take a look at Chinese companies that they are trying to stand out with their devices, rely on the technology of fast charging. Here, without a doubt, Realme is the leader, in the GT3 model, the charger of 240 watts, the battery full charge occurs in ten minutes (the battery capacity is 4600 mAh, and physically consists of two batteries).

These changes make smartphones better options for online gambling that can be enjoyed in a GPay casino or any other casino type.

If you look at the study of Counterpoint, we will see that the power of charging devices is growing on average (read the cost of charging, although this is not a linear change).

It seems that the changes are quantitative, the power of charging devices is growing, and the charging rate is changing. In fact, the development of batteries is a seven-mile step, on the one hand, they become smaller, and on the other hand, complicated for all devices. To begin with, many manufacturers even use two physical batteries in ordinary devices, such a layout allows you to accelerate charging. But at the same time, each battery has its own controller of charging, and temperature sensors (and not always the same on the battery), plus for two batteries there is also a common charging controller. The complexity of the system is dictated by the need to control the battery.

In the foreseeable future, we can get batteries and systems that will learn how to work with various power and change their parameters on the fly. Not just limit the processor frequency, but to change all the parameters of the phone and achieve energy saving without changing the consumer properties of the system. For example, the brightness of the screen will remain at the level that you have chosen, as well as the speed of the interface. But energy consumption will be noticeably less, this is one of the main areas of development today. And on the example of the latest generation of flagships from Samsung, we see how such a bunch begins to work – the processor screen and the battery receive new work profiles, which gives winnings in the operating time of up to 30% compared to the previous generation of devices. And all this without aggressive energy management, without freezing applications in the background like Chinese manufacturers.

Let’s look at another aspect of batteries, reliability with external mechanical exposure. It is no secret that if you break through the battery with a nail, then most likely it will flare up. The situation is not very frequent in real life, but something can happen and it is extremely unpleasant. In Tecno, for large batteries, they created STS technology, quote from a press release:

The battery passed the tests for drilling and pressure by the press. While, during mechanical exposure, other batteries can flare up and light up, Pova smartphone accumulators are not ignited

Examples that are cited relative to the technologies used in smartphones are what is invisible to us and do not change our ideas about the devices. But there are still new camera modules, computing photography, and much more, progress is obvious here and is not in doubt, we are waiting in the literal sense of miracles in this aspect. But I want to dwell on a moment that is not taken into account by many as progress, the interaction of devices among themselves.

Smartphones as part of more – what we do not see today

We rest on assessing the characteristics of a particular device and evaluate it as something worthwhile and having value in itself. And it is right. But the world is changing and our devices learn to interact with each other. On my hands are smart watches that measure the pulse and other body parameters, know how much I went, how much I slept, and how active it was. Headphones can serve as a remote microphone when I shoot video and want to get general plans. Devices learn to interact with each other and give new quality from such conjugation. This is what can be called an ecosystem where the use of two different devices gives a win, we get new tools that are impossible separately.

So far, companies are very careful with this topic and do not want to give empty promises. For example, in Huawei they create a single working space, different devices are combined in it, and you can share information between them. But the company does not stop on another chip, which, in my opinion, is very important. When buying Flagman products, for example, the Huawei laptop and the company smartphone, you get high-quality screens in which color settings, as well as the color profile, de facto, synchronize so that you get a single color space. The archbound task, which has many pitfalls – differs from the technology of screens, in which you use them. But in the foreseeable future, such a ligament will work well, and you will get a single space with the settings that you like. And it doesn’t matter which device you will work on, each will have the brightness, and color rendering that you like. It significantly increases gaming experience.

Sound? Exactly the same story, your individual settings will be available on different devices, you will get a plus/minus the same experience. Personalization of the entire zoo of devices, bringing them to a common denominator is what large companies thought about. For them, the benefits are obvious, such anchors allow you to reliably tie a person to himself, giving him a win in uniformity.

We are not perceived by us as a certain technology, although it is one. And gradually the standardization of decisions will make all greater speeds, and it will affect all aspects and all manufacturers. At some point, you can load your settings into the “alien” screen, which you connect to the duration of work. The DEX concept will take a new scope, your phone will turn into a computer, and you will only need a screen, a keyboard, and, possibly, a mouse.

Every year, technology is growing up, becoming common. Pay attention, for example, to the spread of noise reduction in headphones. The technology originally appeared on phones, they suppressed the wind, and extraneous noises, but now on TWS dushniki this is the last squeak of fashion, people want to get noise reduction. And this is a complex technology that is perceived as something ordinary. There can be a lot of such examples, before our eyes there is a complication of electronics. At the same time, quality increases, since for hundreds of components that the same smartphone consists of, the probability of failure increases, but the marriage remains at a low level. And this is about the very quality of devices that grows over the years.

The evolution of the devices did not stop at all, it continues and has not gone anywhere. Another thing is that we notice it only at the moment when we encounter our nose to the nose. It is a shame to say that I don’t know everything that is happening on the market, sometimes I am surprised at what appeared unexpectedly for me. Although no one made a secret of technology, there are just too many of them to navigate all. But one thing I can say for sure, we will find a great future and the complications of devices. Another thing is that we will have to learn and study their capabilities in order to squeeze the maximum out of them. Many people simply do not even know what secrets hides the phone in their pocket and what he is capable of. Alas, this is a fact.

I look optimistic into the future, as it promises us only good in the aspect of electronics. There will be a lot of breakthroughs and there will be a lot of them, it is another matter that we are used to miracles and they no longer delight us as before.

Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes a learning specialist, designs and delivers learning initiatives (both in-class and online) for a global and internal audience. He is responsible for the ongoing development, delivery, and maintenance of training. He has the ability to manage competing priorities to execute time-sensitive deliverables within a changing environment. He contributes to continually improving the team's processes and standards and works as a member of the team to assist with team initiatives.

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