What new technology do you know that could replace smartphones? Personally, I think that there are three tech innovations leading the smartphone to its extinction.
Once upon a time, the fax machine, the beeper, and the rotary phone were revolutionary upon their invention, but all of these communication devices are now all but extinct. The next big question is this, is the smartphone next?
New Technology Could Soon Replace Smartphones
In the United States, the smartphone is the most widely used mobile technology and as of 2018, 77% of US adults own a smartphone per the Pew Research center. Smartphones are swift with interconnected communications giving people the ability to help connect with friends and family in a split second.
The Three Tech Innovations That Could Replace The Smartphone
The three technological innovations that are already shifting the cause of mobile usage are augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and artificial intelligence (AI) voice assistants. Smartphones at the moment already serve as a vital part of this piece of innovations by connecting people to artificial intelligence (AI) voice assistant apps, VR headsets, and AR worlds.
However, as software for these innovations mature, smartphones will become surplus and in the process serve as a gateway for the very tech that will cause its own demise. The end of smartphones is very likely given the rapid developments of voice, AR, and VR technology. It is however not how the smartphone will go extinct but the matter of when.
Augmented Reality (AR)
Apple introduces its ARKit in June 2017. The ARKit is a framework that lets developers to create mobile RA apps on its new iOS 11 platform. The company also in the September of 2017 announced its new iPhone 8 and 8 plus as its earliest smartphones designed for AR technology. Rumors are in the rounds that Microsoft is developing a surface phone solely optimized for AR technology. Huawei is also reported to be working on a smartphone with AR software.
At the present time, pervasive smartphones and tablets are the ideal equipment stage to support AR. They offer the important parts for AR tasks like cameras, application establishment, and network. There could be no greater way – to some extent at the present time – to increase our reality with navigational signs, ongoing climate estimates, or holographic Pokemon.
Yet, as AR programming creates, wearables and glasses will make these encounters more authentic and effective. Various tech organizations including Samsung, Facebook, and Amazon (Full divulgence: I own stock in Amazon) are supposed to put resources into additional AR tech research, and by 2024, it’s assessed that head-mounted showcases will incorporate more than half of the expanded reality industry share.
To support increased reality progressions, the equipment stage probably will develop past the cell phone to goggles, glasses, and – in the end – contacts or embeds.
If you think that augmented reality is already changing the means via which we make use of our phones, VR is reported to even have a greater impact. The current state of play however lets users experience near-real emulations in a virtual environment. Smartphones today have made their VR debut by letting users easily connect to clunky headsets and also download a related app. But that inefficient connection will not last forever and you can certainly bet on that.
The Greenlight VR and Road to VR 2016 Virtual Reality Industry Report (paywall) offers a 10-year expectation, which assesses that 36.9 million computer-generated simulation headsets will be sold before the finish of 2020.
By 2021, it’s normal that around 257 million VR headsets will be utilized with a developing accumulate yearly development pace of 71.8% during the period. An aggregate of 88.5% of the headsets will be convenient gadgets that utilization a new smartphone-like device at their center activities.
Similar to the massive PCs of days gone by, the present headsets will appear to be an antiquated artifact in a couple of years’ time. Significant hardware organizations like Samsung, Microsoft, Nokia, and Intel are now making weighty interests in VR tech, and plans are being made to improve eye-following innovation on portable VR stages.
The HTC Vive Pre and PlayStation VR are respectable and early gateways to the virtual reality jungle gym, however, new advances might make smartphones pointless for getting through to the virtual world.
Artificial Intelligence Voice Assistants
It is still early times for AI voice assistants and voice recognition technology, but they however can be used separately from the smartphone. You can order Siri to retrieve the weather, ask Alexa to order groceries and even command Cortana to help navigate around the place.
Later on, it’s possible AI voice control will be the fundamental method for googling your inquiries, planning arrangements, and taking notes. Research from Gartner gauges that 20% of all client communications with cell phones will occur through virtual individual aides by 2019. As the 2020s progress, that rate might develop dramatically.
As interest in virtual computerized collaborators (VDAs) develops, it will definitely send off the up-and-coming age of the Internet of Things, interfacing with different items around us and turning into a fundamental almost we impart.
Rather than with nothing to do composing and looking through an inquiry, you’ll order your gadgets to find you the solution. VDAs are relied upon to make tech use more liquid and regular, to such an extent that it’s anticipated Google and Bing search boxes will go wiped out by 2027.
What’s Next After?
Smartphones however for now still remain the main hosts for emerging technologies. It will be a mistake to however think that they will be the only platform, but instead and all thanks to significant capital and resources, it is very likely that as the fourth wave of innovation continues, smartphones will surely be replaced with other sets of devices that are far more efficient, effective and immersive and the phone part of these devices will maybe be replaced partially or completely.