Technology 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.