WOF: What should be the next major development in smartphones?

By Jos
Jan 25, 2013
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  1. Smartphones have come a long way since the first PDAs with phone capabilities hit the market. But as the market matures it's getting increasingly difficult for companies to come up with truly revolutionary new features year after year.

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  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,873   +1,525

    It should be illegal to sell them locked.
  3. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,134   +502

    What they'll try to push: expensive high end tablets with LTE, wearable devices, augmented reality, real-time outdoor/indoor location reporting to social networks, phones with advanced sensors (infrared thermometer, scent, etc).

    What we'll actually want: the things you mentioned off the top of your head. In addition I expect to see most phones go prepaid: low and mid-range devices will be available off-contract at launch, and many will only be sold prepaid. Most people will only be getting the newest and hottest devices on contract 2-3 years from now. I also expect a minor renaissance for physical keyboards as phones and tablets replace laptops for more people.
  4. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    Er, the megapixel phenomenon?
  5. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Guru Posts: 690   +55

    Sooner or later a chip put into your brain will be the phone and your vision will display everything.
  6. Dukenukemx

    Dukenukemx TS Member Posts: 71   +16

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  7. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,907   +543

    Without going all Star Trek about it, I'm looking forward three things:
    * Flexible displays = Smaller devices without sacrificing on usability
    * Longer battery life = Obvious
    * More processing power = A true PC in your pocket
    license27kill likes this.
  8. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +84

    I wan't to be able to say, "computer!.. Turn on and tabbed new stories", "also, tabb my e-mails and load my facebook page.". I want to say that every morning, wheter its on my pc or my cell phone. I want cell phones to make life easier for me.
  9. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 429   +23

    People realizing that iphones aren't worth what they pay for, wait that's never gonna happen.
    Uvindu, m4a4 and Punkid like this.
  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 5,911   +1,704

    Apart from far better battery life I personally don't want anything else, in fact I'm more partial to my old Samsung feature phone than my SIII.
  11. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,134   +502

    Nothing wrong with that. Sometimes simpler is better. Personally I think the Nokia E-series was the pinnacle of high usability for day-to-day tasks. A shame they started making them too small for human hands.
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,873   +1,525

    How about a worldwide chain of rehabilitation centers catering exclusively the cellular phone addiction! Once they're fully staffed and the website is up and running, you'll be able to check yourself in by voice, text, web, or Skype, right from behind the wheel of your car.....;)
    jobeard and BlueDrake like this.
  13. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Posts: 419

    Edge to edge displays...and I hope no transparent displays, they're utterly stupid...
    Better battery ofc, and loads of processing power to spare :D
    hahahanoobs likes this.
  14. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,295   +439

    I think you will see projectors built into phones, Acer already makes one that fits in your pocket.
  15. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,130   +188

    Battery life >week with heavy usage
    bigger and cheaper built-in storage
    bigger and cheaper memory expansion cards (haven't see a64gb microsd for <20$)
  16. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,490   +322

    Edge to Edge curved displays, better battery, maybe some kind of built in screen cover.
    I'd also like to see Android OS fragmentation disappear, or I'd like to see Android disappear and have Ubuntu OS phones come in (assuming the OS will be better).
  17. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,490   +322

    HELL YEA!, carriers have some nerve trying to offer something their competitors don't! Proprietors and exclusivity should go the way of the dodo!!!

  18. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Posts: 419

    lol why would you want the display to be curved? maybe you mean fold-able so you can fit it into a pocket?
    and so much hate for android :p

    there are other projector phones too, samsung made the galaxy bean I think...but they suck...2 problems: they draw tooo much power, and secondly, projectors just suck :p and im not even talking about mobile projectors...lets hope for a breakthrough in projector tech (laser projectors maybe ? ), then I would hope for that too :p
  19. Kneep

    Kneep TS Rookie Posts: 43

    I actually like my Windows phone as is, I'd just like to see a way to have a holographic image of it pop out double in size so I don't have to wear my glasses to text :)
  20. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,490   +322

    LOL@projector phone. What the fack does that have to do with my comment? But yea, I prefer sharp images, not sharp images blown up to blurry ones.

    No, I mean curved. Foldable coming later.

    I have no hate for android. I have a dislike for Google/Carriers for how they handle OS updates. My Galaxy S running JB 4.2 (Slim Bean) and LG Optimus 4G LTE running JB 4.1.2 (CM10) prove that. Maybe you love GB or ICS because you only use your phone to make calls, but I'm a techie, and I want it all... for all.
  21. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Posts: 419

    the projector thing was in reply to another persons comments...

    and ive got CM10 on my Xperia Arc too lol...but yeah, carriers/OEMS dont handle OS updates well...
  22. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,490   +322

  23. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 794   +87

    I want the entire face to be usable display.
    KbloodyK likes this.
  24. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,316   +326

    An app to tell the driver which exterior light on his/her vehicle is malfunctioning before the law pulls them over.
  25. kissx

    kissx TS Enthusiast Posts: 49

    I will be happy with longer battery life.

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