On the surface, smartphones might appear to evolve slowly — after all, 2017 Mobile World Congress saw us going backward with the Nokia 3310. Beyond that, compare the first-generation iPhone around 2007 to today’s iPhone 8 or iPhone X. Sure, the latter class is bigger, thinner and sleeker, but they have the same rounded edges, home screen, and icon layout.
But don’t judge iPhones, or any other smartphones, by their covers. What’s inside has developed so much more substantially. With each innovation in sensor technology, cameras, wireless functionality and even production materials, smartphones have become capable of smarter and smarter tasks, flooring the way for the future technology of mobile phones.
What is next for smartphones? What will your smartphone be like in 2020 or 2030? What can you anticipate at Mobile World Congress 2019? Here are five predictions for the future technology of mobile phones, based on industry research and emerging technology.
1. The future technology of mobile phones: Your phone will recognize you
For years, device producers have been exploring ways to beef up device security while letting users bypass that bothersome PIN. Many devices now have fingerprint or iris scanners, both of which have confirmed to be hackable.
Early attempts in facial recognition were also underwhelming, as that technology could be tricked by a photo of the user’s face. New and emerging facial recognition technology doesn’t just scan facial features, reports the New York Times; it also scans the contours of a person’s face and head, making the software much challenging to fool.
Facial recognition could become the new gold standard for device unlocking, but as smartphone sensors continue to evolve, your phone might ultimately recognize you without scanning you. Instead, it will look for other unique characteristics, such as the tone of your voice, the way you move or the pattern of your typing.
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