The Future Of Mobile Phones In Australia

The Future of Mobile Phones

The world is changing quickly. Mobile Phone processing power is getting faster. Hardware is becoming cheaper and more capable. Everywhere, innovation and a huge market for Smart Mobile Phones are creating new business models and generating new products. Software evolves year on year. Phones get quicker, cheaper and smarter. So what’s next ? What’s the future of Mobile Phones in Australia ?

X Phones

Last year Google acquired Motorola Mobility. Until now, there haven’t seemed to be any great things coming out of the acquisition except, perhaps, the odd Nexus phone which the super geeky amongst us ( including me ) love.

The X phone will mark the first phone developed by Motorola Mobility under Google’s ownership.

Motorola has been lagging behind in the mobile phone war for quite some time.  This is the first time Google will be in charge of both the software and hardware design and manufacturing. Will an official Google sanctioned device be enough to put Motorola Mobility back in the running? And how will this phone differ from the Nexus 4 ?

These questions are yet to be answered, but what we do know is that the device is expected to be cutting edge and competitive with the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S4. It is rumored that the phone will be available on all Australian phone carriers.

Of course, none of this is official yet, as Google has not confirmed the existence of the device.

Bendable Screens

The X Phone is rumored to have a bendable screen. Bendable screens are a new technology that has just been unveiled very recently. It is not yet available on any existing phones, but it is expected to become a widely used technology in the coming years.

Samsung’s version of phones with bendable screens will be small devices with a screen that unfolds out of it, almost like an old map or a scroll. This ability to create a bendable screen is made possible by a thin layer of organic light emitting diodes or OLEDs stored inside an airtight plastic enclosure.

One benefit of this is that it would provide the ability for foldable, larger screens without any increase in pocket real estate.

Ceramic Bodies

Product developments come in areas there’s a need. And what’s more needed than a phone you can drop without breaking.

Ceramic is extremely durable material and can withstand very high temperatures. Such a strong material is a smart choice for a phone housing.  Samsung and HTC both use ceramic bodies in some of their higher end phones already and are experimenting with next generation phones which should last longer.

Gesture Recognition

Gesture recognition is technology that detects motion and gestures of the human body. It mainly is used to measure movement in the face and in the hands.  This allows for computers and related hardware to understand human beings better, and to provide a more human experience when you’re interfacing with a phone.

Mobile phones already are incorporating technology like this ( you might like to check out our reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S4 if you’re in any doubt as to that ), but for more basic things, like tracking peoples’ heads when taking pictures.

Viewdle is a Ukranian company that is a pioneer in this field.  Google recently bought the company, which would imply that they intend to include it in their new phones, namely, the X phone. It could also mean that the core Android Operating System is going to start including some of this type of interface.

The Future of Mobile phones ?

Some believe that phones still have a ways to go in terms of providing an experience we could call natural.  Technology evolves much more quickly than people do.

Those in the know emphasize the way phones are advancing towards adapting to human beings better and, as a result, offering a more sensory experience.

Human beings receive a lot of input from the world, but when it comes to cell phones, and computers in general, we often aren’t using all of those senses. As technology matures, our phones will go more and more in this direction, for example, helping us monitor our health, augmenting what we see with useful information, helping us touch fabrics of clothes in stores we’re considering buying from our phones using clever tactile screens.

The future of mobile phones all seems like science fiction doesn’t it – but then, until recently, who’d have thought you could call up a friend’s phone number by talking in to your phone or use your Smartphone as a GPS ?

Neil Aitken

Having worked in 3 countries for 4 telcos on both voice and data products, Neil is in a position to give you the inside track. Get beyond the marketing messages to the best plan for you.