What’s next for smartphones?


Fifteen years ago, Steve Jobs announced three new products. One was a music player, one was a mobile phone, and the other was an Internet communication device. People were shocked when Steve Jobs, then head of the US technology company Apple, introduced the new product to the audience. When viewers gradually realized that the three products announced by Steve Jobs were actually just one product; And that product is the iPhone. The world of smartphones revolved around the applause of the audience and the hand of Steve Jobs. The era of new technology has begun.

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Steve Jobs is no more. Steve Jobs, the inventor of the iPhone, the evolution of mobile technology, died in 2011 at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer. If he had survived, he would have been surprised to see the use of this smartphone for various inventions. With this small screen device, various activities like banking services, networking or communication, use of maps, playing games are being done. The world’s smartphone makers, including Apple, now have control of the technology world. They are selling hardware as well as making various software suitable for smartphones. Last year, smartphone hardware sold more than 530 billion. Apart from this, the control of this platform is also in the hands of the smartphone vendors. The app store they created generated 135 billion in revenue last year. In addition to that advertising on the smartphone platform,

However, despite seeing so much business in smartphones, the evidence that its era is slowly coming to a halt is also beginning to appear. Phone sales have been steadily declining since 2016. Because, there is no big update in the field of smartphone technology.

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People have therefore reduced the update of smartphones. In rich countries, smartphones are now in the hands of almost all people. In other words, the space for selling new smartphones has decreased. As a result, technology innovators now have to think differently.

They are trying to make a big discovery for the next generation. Instead of just capturing the lucrative hardware market, they are thinking of creating a platform from which all human needs can be controlled on a single platform. The inventors are hoping for a new platform like the one that was made possible by smartphones before.

The next potential technology concept at the moment is the Virtual Reality (VR) headset. The concept of this technology came to the fore during the Corona epidemic. However, special glasses for augmented reality (AR) experience have become more promising. When computer graphic is connected with the real world through these glasses, new experience is obtained. With this technology the user can coordinate between real world objects and people through computer software. In addition to conducting conversations through glasses, various necessary tasks can be done. But it may be a few days later for such glasses to come on the market.

Most major technology companies in the United States, such as Apple, Google, Meta, and Microsoft, are working on making or selling VR or AR headsets. Apart from this, as the technology company of Asia, the main company of Tiktok, ByteDance and Sony are working with such technology. Market analysts say that so far the market for VR or AR headsets is known as the market for specific products. However, this market will soon become popular as a mainstream market.

Any claim to discover the next big platform must be viewed with caution. Because, even after claiming that many inventions have potential before, it has been proved wrong. Such products could not survive in the market and were not accepted by the people. Tablet computers were claimed to be the rivals of smartphones.

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But so far Apple has made six times more money from selling iPhones than their iPad. Smarthome or smartbari was also seen as a potential big platform. But software like Alexa or Cortana, made for smarthomes, is still a joke or a time-honored program. Car technology, on the other hand, is another platform that has proven to be useful and valuable. But it has not yet made the impact of becoming the center of digital life. It’s easy to imagine the same thing with headsets. So far, the use of headsets in games has been seen more, so it is stuck in the fence of limitations in this case.

But what is coming up is the fact that people are gradually getting used to the new wearable devices. This includes voice-activated headphones. It can be used to make calls, send messages or read. Outside of that is the smartwatch. It helps to set work deadlines, get directions, and control your body. There are also many new products in the healthcare sector, through which blood sugar can be measured, sleep type test, blood pressure measurement and many other things can be done. Sales of such wearable technology products have already moved closer to smartphones in the United States.

However, such small devices are actually being used as accessories instead of smartphones. However, as current computing technology moves out of the pocket and into the wrist or ear, the customer’s attention is also being diverted. They are now reducing the money spent on the back of the phone. At this time VR and AR glasses have started to be lighter and more affordable. In the case of wearable technology products, it will not take long for the market to become stronger.

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But is the phone over? The answer is no. People will not move away from mobile phones or smartphones right now. The way people moved away from laptops and grabbed mobile phones a decade ago will not happen now. But now that people often talk on the earphones or will soon be communicating with the help of glasses, the smartphone will be used as their back office or home device.

Then the smartphone will be the medium of coordination of all devices or the source of processing power. However, since the processor or chipset is getting smaller day by day, the smartphone will no longer be needed.

However, these possibilities. It would be foolish to expect everything to change now. Although the Internet-enabled phone was introduced in the nineties, it failed to be suitable for outdoor use. Like today’s AR headsets, heavy, expensive and specially used headsets are also in that condition now. But when the time for technological innovation is captured, change will accelerate. When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world, four years later, smartphones surpassed laptop and desktop sales.

The prospect of the latest technological innovation in Silicon Valley in the United States is still developing. But when the right product arrives at the right time, the future will change very quickly.