WHAT WILL REPLACE SMARTPHONES

REPLACEMENT OF SMARTPHONES

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Technological changes are so rapid and fast that most of our ancient communication devices have become obsolete and history. So much so that accessories and their repair facility has worn out. You might have heard of old vintage rotary phones, fax machines and beepers, almost all of them are an obsolete technology and rare commodity in these days. These communication devices were revolutionary upon invention, but they're now all but extinct.

What About Smartphone, will it also get Obsolete?

The smartphone is the most widely used mobile technology in the world. It's created swift and interconnected communications, offering people the ability to connect with friends and family in seconds besides has facilitated businesses with much advancement. In the technology race, today's smartphone is no exceptions and being slated for obsolescence.


Three tech innovations are already shifting mobile usage:
  • Augmented reality (AR),
  • Virtual Reality (VR) and
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) voice assistants.
  • Smartphones currently serve as a valuable conduit for these innovations by connecting us to AR worlds, VR headsets and voice assistant apps. But as software for these innovations develops and improves, smartphones will become superfluous, serving as a gateway for the tech that will cause its own extinction.
  • Given the rapid advancements in AR, VR and voice technology, the smartphone’s end is likely. It’s not how will the smartphone go extinct, but when?
  • In June 2017, Apple introduced its ARKit, a framework that allows developers to create mobile AR apps on the new iOS 11 platform. In September 2017, the brand announced its new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus as the earliest smartphones designed for ARRumors are swirling that Microsoft is developing a surface phone optimized for AR, and Huawei is said to be working on a smartphone with AR software.
  • Right now, ubiquitous smartphones and tablets are the perfect hardware platform to sustain AR. They offer the necessary components for AR operations such as cameras, app installation and connectivity. There’s no better way — at least right now — to augment our world with navigational cues, real-time weather forecasts or holographic Pokemon.
  • But as AR software develops, wearables and glasses will make these experiences more believable and efficient. Numerous tech companies including SamsungFacebook and Amazon are said to be investing in further AR tech research, and by 2024, it’s estimated that head-mounted displays will encompass over 50% of the augmented reality industry share. To sustain augmented reality advancements, the hardware platform likely will evolve beyond the smartphone to goggles, glasses and — eventually — contacts or implants.
Virtual Reality
  • If augmented reality is already changing the way we use our phones, VR will have an even greater impact. The current state of play allows users to experience near-real emulations in a virtual environment. Today, smartphones have made their VR debut by allowing users to connect to clunky headsets and download a related app, but you can bet that inefficient connection won’t last forever.
  • By 2021, it’s expected that about 257 million VR headsets will be used with a growing compound annual growth rate of 71.8% during the period. A total of 88.5% of the headsets will be portable devices that use a new smartphone-like gadget at their core operations.
  • Much like the bulky computers of yesteryear, today’s headsets will seem like an ancient relic in a few years’ time. Major electronics companies like Samsung, Microsoft, Nokia and Intel are already making heavy investments in VR tech, and plans are being made to optimize eye-tracking technology on mobile VR platforms. The HTC Vive Pre and PlayStation VR are decent and early gateways to the virtual reality playground, but new advances may make smartphones unnecessary for accessing the virtual world.
Artificial Intelligence Voice Assistants
  • It’s still early days for voice recognition technology and AI voice assistants, but they can already be used separately from the smartphone. You can tell Alexa to order groceries, ask Siri to retrieve the weather and command Cortana to help you navigate around town. Computer scientist Andrew Ng estimates that by 2020, at least 50% of all searches will be conducted by voice or image.
  • In the future, it’s likely AI voice control will be the main way to Google your questions, schedule appointments and take notes. Research from Gartner estimates that 20% of all user interactions with smartphones will take place through virtual personal assistants by 2019. As the 2020s progress, that percentage may grow exponentially.
  • As interest in virtual digital assistants (VDAs) grows, it will inevitably launch the next generation of the Internet of Things, connecting with other objects around us and becoming an integral part of the way we communicate. Instead of wasting time typing and searching a question, you’ll command your devices to get you the answer.
What’s Next?
  • For now, smartphones will be the primary hosts for these emerging technologies, but it would be a mistake to think that they will be the only platform. Instead, thanks to significant capital and resources, it’s likely that as the fourth wave of innovation progresses, smartphones will be replaced with other devices that are more efficient, immersive and effective. The phone part of those devices may disappear or be replaced completely.
  • There are varying opinions about when smartphones may become obsolete. While It depends on how quickly these technologies advance, the aforementioned Gartner report predicts that by 2020, the majority of our devices will be designed to function with limited or no touch.
  • Mobile phones won’t phase out right away. Old habits die hard, and we may be far too addicted to our pocket devices to give them up entirely when new technology makes them superfluous. But one thing is for sure: AR, VR and voice technology are primed to send today’s smartphone to its grave over the next decade.

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EXPECTED SMARTPHONES OF 2020

EXPECTED SMARTPHONES OF 2020

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  • A revolutionary year for smartphones, which introduced such gems as Huawei P30 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10, and Apple iPhone 11 and similarly we expect 2020 even better and advanced in the era of Smartphones.
  • This year has flooded with heavy rumors about advancement in Smartphones, which may introduce iPhone 12, OnePlus 8, and P40 Pro, along with a handful of other intriguing-looking handsets.

Let us have a look for the incoming smartphones having advanced technology:

SAMSUNG GALAXY S20

  • Samsung’s Galaxy S20 which includes the Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra along with the base model.
  • Identical front aside from screen size – 6.2in, 6.7in, and 6.9in respectively – with a Note 10-esque punch-hole camera cutout at top center. The screen is pretty much flat this time. They are of QHD+ displays with 120Hz refresh rates, but you can only hit that super-smooth peak if you opt for Full HD resolution instead.
  • On the back, there are more differences like three cameras on the S20 and four on the other two models, but the S20 Ultra bulks up with a beefier back camera array that includes a 10x hybrid zoom/100x digital “Space Zoom” feature (the others do 3x/30x). All three of them shoot 8K video, too, so expect sterling footage.
  • Carrying a large battery packs (ranging from 4,000-5,000mAh) and 5G support across the board, except on an optional base LTE model, they’re as perk-packed as we’ve come to expect from Samsung phones. The Galaxy S20 sells for £799 (LTE)/£899 (5G), the GS20+ goes for £999 (5G), and the Ultra pushes up to £1,199, and most likely they all will be available during March / April 2020.

APPLE iPHONE 12

  • We are very hopeful that after 3 versions of the bold and inventive iPhone X design, this year may come up with another best bof best iPhone, however, it’s too early to speculate.
  • The future iPhone 12 may carry screen face while adopting a flattened metal frame that’s more akin to the classic iPhone 4, not to mention the current iPad Pro. Screen sizes could shift a bit too, going to 5.4in, 6.1in, and 6.7in (as opposed to the 5.8/ 6.1/ 6.5 in of present iPhones).
  • As far as notch is concerned, a mix plate is on the offing. No consensus have developed so far, some suggestions revealed that no notch at all will be seen rather all of the sensors packed into the slim upper bezel. Whereas others claim Apple will redesign the notch. Rumors also point to a four-eye design on the back, with a time-of-flight camera added to the current trio of the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max.
  • September 2020 will reveal all aspects of iPhone 12 after its launch. Prices will surely be very high comparatively since apple has a strong brand name.

ONEPLUS 8

  • With a new phone out every five or six months, it’s no surprise that we’ve already heard some things about the OnePlus 8. Expected to launch in late spring, the standard OnePlus 8 looks to swap the current water drop notch for a Galaxy S10-like punch-hole camera in the upper left of the screen.
  • We are not sure yet whether the OnePlus 8 Pro will stick with the pop-up selfie camera from before, but we are eager to find out. And rumors suggest that the OnePlus 8 will finally incorporate wireless charging, one of the only flagship features that the company has skipped to date, but we’ll have to see how that impacts price if true.
  • As usual, OnePlus is drip-feeding official details – and the first is a confirmed, super-smooth 120Hz refresh rate for the screen, beating the excellent 90Hz screens of its 2019 models.

ONEPLUS 8 LITE

  • According to one of the leak, OnePlus will launch a mid-ranger, too. They point to a handset that a centered punch-hole cutout on what looks to be a flat screen, and a left-side rectangular camera module on the back with two sensors.
  • Still, OnePlus has routinely offered flagship-level phones during its existence, so we’re curious to see what a trimmed-down edition looks and feels like if this leak is legit. The screen is expected to be about 6.4 – 6.5 in and will likely pack in an in-display fingerprint sensor, but beyond that, there aren’t a lot of details on specs.

GOOGLE PIXEL 4A

  • The Google Pixel 3a was one of last year’s most surprising phones, bucking Google’s high-end trend to deliver a flagship-quality camera paired with mid-range specs – at a reasonable price. We’re expecting that trend to continue in 2020 with the release of a Pixel 4a, and have produced concept renders based on what they’re hearing. The images show a phone that skips the huge, sensor-packed “forehead” bezel of the standard Pixel 4 and instead opts for a Galaxy S10-like punch-hole camera cutout on the front.
  • The back has what looks like a smaller square camera module, and the fingerprint sensor returns. It’s like a hybrid of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 4, really, which sounds pretty appealing. Most likely, it will launch in early summer like the Pixel 3a did last year, and we’re hoping to see similar mid-range price points again.

APPLE IPHONE SE 2

  • Haven’t been keen on Apple’s recent shift to extra-large devices? You might be in luck in 2020, as building leaks and rumours suggest that Apple will finally, finally release a successor to the smartly pint-sized Apple iPhone SE 2
  • However, this one will reportedly take after the iPhone 8 instead, which means you’ll get a 4.7in LCD display, the familiar rounded shape of Apple’s last-gen handsets, and a Touch ID sensor. At least it’s expected to pack Apple’s latest and greatest processor, the A13 Bionic, so it will be comparable in performance to the iPhone 11 models.
  • Leaks point to a late March launch and early April release. There’s potential for “iPhone 9” branding rather than iPhone SE 2, too, with a price point that we’d guess to be in the £400-450 range. That’s a total guess, however.

MOTOROLA MOTO G8 POWER/MOTO G STYLUS

  • We already got the Moto G8 Plus in late 2019, but that won’t be the extent of Motorola’s latest generation of budget contenders. Motorola also recently announced a Moto G8 Power alongside the intriguing Moto G Stylus.
  • The Moto G8 Power is sort of a hybrid of the philosophies of past Power and core G models, with a large 6.4in 1080p display and a massive 5,000mAh battery cell, along with a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chip and 4GB RAM onboard. With a punch-hole camera cutout on the screen and a triple-camera main setup on the back, it maintains the Moto G’s tendency to replicate flagship trends about a year later (that’s not a negative).
  • Meanwhile, the Moto G Stylus keeps similar design and specs, albeit with a smaller 4,000mAh battery – but it adds in a Galaxy Note-esque pop-out stylus, albeit at a fraction of the cost of Samsung’s very luxe flagships. This ought to be a compelling alternative for those unwilling to pay triple for a Note, and while the Moto G Stylus hasn’t yet been confirmed for a UK release as of this writing, we expect that it’ll arrive sometime this spring alongside the Moto G8 Power.

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