With a boatload of tech giants and newly formed companies releasing different variants of smartphones, there is always going to be one mobile device that will open your eyes and force you to say, ‘I want that one’. Let us add that even though smartphones have made our lives thoroughly convenient (and thoroughly lazy at the same time), there is still plenty of room for these mobile computing gadgets to produce improved iterations of themselves in the near future. That being said, here are four features we are dying to see in future smartphones that will turn them in to killer products.
- Replacing existing components with faster and better ones
For the longest time, we always wondered, why can’t smartphones possess the same characteristics as desktop or laptop computers? Replacing components in order to increase the system’s overall speed (processing and wireless connectivity) is worth more than spending tons of money purchasing a whole new smartphone altogether. Whenever we look at a mobile device, we always end up being satisfied enough to the point that we might actually put down our hard earned cash to buy one. However, there is always this tiny detail left out by the manufacturer that discourages us from making that transaction. Maybe the screen size is too small, or maybe there isn’t enough adequate storage or the device isn’t fast or does not possess an expandable storage port. These things beg the question as to why can’t a smartphone’s component be replaced with a better one? Then, Google heard our plea with the imminent release of its Project Ara modular smartphones. For a starting price of $50, you can swap the device’s components (which come in the form of squarish and rectangular modules) for faster and better ones. The only catch is that we might have to wait till the end of 2015 for these devices to roll out, and that timeline is killing us.
- USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports (the same ones you see on your computer)
Smartphones allow you to connect a flash drive or a hard drive using a USB on-the-go cable. We do not want to spend any more money purchasing additional accessories because let us face it, that smartphone purchase already cost us an arm and a leg. Fully functional USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports will conveniently allow us to view content or copy-paste whatever we want to, whenever we want to without installing any 3rd party software or purchasing additional accessories. This will become convenient in those situations where your smartphone does not possess a microSD card to begin with (like most Android devices and all iPhones). However, if this feature is to be implemented in to future smartphones, then that would mean smartphones can no longer boast the thinness that they are currently being shipped in. In our opinion, smartphones that are extremely sleek are no good, because the components inside have very little breathing room to dissipate the heat generated. With USB ports, not only will the thickness of the smartphone increase, but you will also allow a whole new proximity of convenience at your fingertips.
- Screens being shatterproof
After GTAT went bankrupt, Apple had no choice but to retain its shatterproof glass for its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. What that means is that no sapphire glass will be incorporated in to smartphones this year. However, we can rest assured knowing that 2015 will hold several new display screens that will be far more resilient than Corning’s Gorilla Glass. However, what we want to see is a smartphone being completely unscathed when a user erroneously drops it on the hard, rough and unforgiving surface of the pedestrian walkway. That is something that makes us excited to look at. In addition, researchers are working on newer methods and screen replacements that will be far more robust than existing displays. Perhaps we might actually witness the birth of an actual shatterproof display rather than a cheap imitation in 2015.
- Completely waterproof
We could care less if a smartphone has passed the IP67 certification (such as the Samsung Galaxy S5). What we want is the device to be completely waterproof, and not just to a specific depth while being submerged. In order to make smartphones completely waterproof, P2i, a tech firm, is working on a nano-coating tech they like to call the HzO. When wrapped around the smartphone, the smartphone was submerged in a water body for a period of several hours, and after it was removed, the device was functioning normally. Now imagine if you wanted to capture indelible moments using a smartphone; that technology would come in really handy.
Looking at all the existing features in a smartphone, we have to say that these mobile wonders have come a long way, but their journey is far from over. With the aforementioned features, not only will these mobile gadgets retain their prodigious computing power, but additional flexibility will improve our way of daily use with them. Let us hope our requests are actually taken seriously by manufacturers. Is there any special feature you would like to see assimilated to smartphones? Let us know in the comments below.