Innovation grinding to a halt in Smartphone world

smart2Technology is evolving at a super fast pace, but smartphones seem to lose their momentum.

I like to follow how (mobile) technology is evolving into more advanced stages that become more integrated in our daily lives. Advanced mobile phones that track where you are and how long it will take for you to get home or self driving cars that make it possible for blind people to go places. With new phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One and many others, the smartphone world seems to be slowing down in the race for ground breaking development.

It’s been a few years already since Steve Jobs introduced to the first iPhone, a phone that would mark the total reshaping of the mobile technology market and leaving competition such as the popular Blackberry far behind.

We’ve had the era of who had the most camera pixels, who’s got the fastest processor and who’s got the sharpest, brightest and biggest screens. Phone makers have well established which screens work best for their target audience and processors are getting cheaper to create.

The battle now focuses on who can make the most useless functionalities and Samsung is way ahead of the rest with building heartbeat sensors that nobody will probably ever use. But what is the next big step for mobile phones?

While a heartbeat sensor now seems pointless, it gives us a glimpse into a future where phones can monitor health and a doctor will get automatic updates when abnormalities occur. Project Ara from Google shows a future where phones can be customized to the users need and the phone you buy isn’t necessarily a finished product. The development may have been slowing down, what is ahead is still something to look forward to.

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2 thoughts on “Innovation grinding to a halt in Smartphone world

  1. Moonlitasteria says:

    As useless and frivolous as many the smartphone functions are today on the market, oddly enough, there are lot of people taking interest in them. Of course, I am not one of them (really don’t care), but most individuals see them as nice transition to wearable technology like Google Glass and one more step to the whole “Internet of Things” revolution. It doesn’t hold that much importance now, but can be a benefit to fields like telemedicine later down the road. At any rate, I do agree that the development side for smartphones is slowly declining at the moment, but sure a lot of people are hard at work trying to get pass some difficult issues like extended battery life.

    • ninetybeats says:

      I’m convinced a lot of smartphone makers are looking for new ways to advertise their phones as for now they can’t distinguish themselves on the hardware. They have to find new ways to convince people to buy their products.

      Battery life sure is an issue and the rare minerals they are using for it, is also something they have to find a solution for.

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