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    Default What do you think is the next "big thing" in smartphones?

    Recently, both LG and Samsung came out with curved screens (LG debuting one commercially very soon), Google with its face recognition a year or so ago, Apple with the fingerprint scan.

    What kind of "big thing" do you think will happen on smartphones?

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    I don't think curved screens will really end up being a huge big thing. More like 3D screens. Remember those?

    Face recognition could be, if it worked more reliably and wasn't so easily defeated. In this time of such expansive social networking, securing a photograph of a phone owner's face is far easier than lifting their fingerprint.

    The fingerprint scanner isn't a big thing, in my opinion... But it works so well, it's use just blends in to the point you barely realize you're using it... Until you have to use a device without it,

    I think the Moto X's "always on" speech recognition and GoogleNow are moving in the right direction. Touch free voice control could be another one of those features, where it just works and blends in to the overall user experience.

    I also think the language coprocessor in the Moto X, and M7 coprocessor in the iPhone 5S, are also moving in the right direction. Compartmentalizing certain tasks and processes that run in the background to their own low energy processors can open a whole new world up for what a phone can do without destroying battery life. This can also let manufacturers reduce battery size, and make phones lighter and thinner, while maintaining or improving on the current expectations for battery performance.

    We've also only scratched the surface of what 64-bit processing will do to the mobile landscape. That's the current thing that hasn't even been fully realized yet, and when it is, I think it will be the "next" big thing... It just so happens that the foundations are already being laid today.
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    Default Re: What do you think is the next "big thing" in smartphones?

    Total voice control?....
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    Fully integrated auto and home in the Palm of your hand

    Unlock your car auto start diagnostic maintenance notifications auto Nav drivability theft protection

    Home control lights temp stove TV child monitoring

    I know some of this is in play already but I'm talking about a higher encrypted level


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    Default Re: What do you think is the next "big thing" in smartphones?

    A more legitimate online multiplayer gaming arena...right now it's in the infant stages (like home consoles were in the early 00's)...soon, you'll be having the same experience you have on your Xbox or PlayStation on your phone...and it will essentially destroy the hand held market (DS, PSP, etc).
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    Default Re: What do you think is the next "big thing" in smartphones?

    Just like in the one commercial that I saw I would hope with the introduction of curved glass you can fold your phone to normal size and unfold it to tablet size on a whim. That would be awesome.

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    Default Re: What do you think is the next "big thing" in smartphones?

    Iris scanners, used frequently in secure locations and the tech is sound. The trick will be to implement it in the front facing camera without losing power, battery life, or slimness.


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    Just simply more than three days in battery life. If they can nail that, I think contextual computing won't be a far off reality.

    The number of things the industry didn't nail fully are as plentiful as it is, but since battery fuels all of that I think it should be the next innovation, and I'm not just talking about higher capacity batteries in a smaller form factor, but also renewable energy on a cell phone...

    I can dream...
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    Default Re: What do you think is the next "big thing" in smartphones?

    Quote Originally Posted by Speedygi View Post
    Just simply more than three days in battery life. If they can nail that, I think contextual computing won't be a far off reality.

    The number of things the industry didn't nail fully are as plentiful as it is, but since battery fuels all of that I think it should be the next innovation, and I'm not just talking about higher capacity batteries in a smaller form factor, but also renewable energy on a cell phone...

    I can dream...
    There is a new technology called hyper cells I believe and it is supposed to charge your battery in like thirty seconds

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    Yes to Speedy and Ever6... better battery life!

    Love Jmr's thought too... better "always-on" functionality to go along with stuff like Google Now.
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    Default Re: What do you think is the next "big thing" in smartphones?

    I'm not interested in voice control. I don't even like talking on the phone, so I wouldn't like talking to the phone.

    However, I'd like to see motion control gestures where it won't even be necessary to touch the screen to do things.
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    Default Re: What do you think is the next "big thing" in smartphones?

    Quote Originally Posted by Laura Knotek View Post
    I'm not interested in voice control. I don't even like talking on the phone, so I wouldn't like talking to the phone.

    However, I'd like to see motion control gestures where it won't even be necessary to touch the screen to do things.
    Galaxy S4 did interesting things with that, you heard about that?
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    Direct brain interface. Touching and speaking are getting boring.
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    Default Re: What do you think is the next "big thing" in smartphones?

    Wearables, like the smart watches, and fitbits I think will finally catch on/hit there mainstream. They will connect to and extend our phones. (Google glass too, and I'm sure others like it, cheaper will emerge, some even apple compatible, I'm sure most of the others will be apple and android)
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    Default Re: What do you think is the next "big thing" in smartphones?

    Quote Originally Posted by pkcable View Post
    Wearables, like the smart watches, and fitbits I think will finally catch on/hit there mainstream. They will connect to and extend our phones. (Google glass too, and I'm sure others like it, cheaper will emerge, some even apple compatible, I'm sure most of the others will be apple and android)
    I think the main issue with smart watches will be the battery life. I wouldn't want another device that I'd have to charge.
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    Default Re: What do you think is the next "big thing" in smartphones?

    Quote Originally Posted by Laura Knotek View Post
    I think the main issue with smart watches will be the battery life. I wouldn't want another device that I'd have to charge.
    The other issue to me is durability. I want it to be able to take a hit every now and then and be submersible.
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    Default Re: What do you think is the next "big thing" in smartphones?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jacques View Post
    The other issue to me is durability. I want it to be able to take a hit every now and then and be submersible.



    I agree. I see smartwatches being something more popular for outdoor activities and sports than at the office.





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    I think we will see the merging of desktop and mobile OS to make it a full fledged desktop OS on our phones. They have plenty of power under the hood and continue moving closer towards that full desktop experience
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    What the next big thing will be, I couldn't say, but considering I'm still waiting for flying cars...
    If I could have my fantasy,
    - Superconductive battery cells to last for 6+ months on a single charge would be nice...
    - Environmentally prepped with water, dirt, and shock resistance and resiliency right out of the box...
    - Greater onboard support for assistive services (I'm talkin' to you Siri)...
    - Increases onboard storage (without an outrageous price point)...
    What I [personally] don't need is a bigger phone - a phablet sized phone kinda defeats the purpose of a small, portable device [imo].
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    Default Re: What do you think is the next "big thing" in smartphones?

    Quote Originally Posted by Becjr View Post
    What the next big thing will be, I couldn't say, but considering I'm still waiting for flying cars...
    If I could have my fantasy,
    - Superconductive battery cells to last for 6+ months on a single charge would be nice...
    - Environmentally prepped with water, dirt, and shock resistance and resiliency right out of the box...
    - Greater onboard support for assistive services (I'm talkin' to you Siri)...
    - Increases onboard storage (without an outrageous price point)...
    What I [personally] don't need is a bigger phone - a phablet sized phone kinda defeats the purpose of a small, portable device [imo].
    Unfortunately, the industry seems to be marching down the bigger phone route. I have been lamenting how all the OEMs no longer feel making small devices with the top end specs are a priority to them, and that's a sad truth that I may have to accept.
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    When I think about things in mobile that I consider to be "Big", I think about when Motorola first cut the cord to the phone. I think about how the Apple changed the industry and the pace it was moving at with the original iPhone. Nobody saw both coming. I think if it is going to be "big" enough, it will probably be something that no one can foretell, certainly not me as a consumer.

    I can hazard a guess and quote some ideas from sci-fi flicks. Like holographic projection? Chips that are integrated into the palm of our hands like in the remake of Total Recall, and any glass can become your display, and it probably runs off the energy our body produced? Flexible phone with not just a flexible screen, but flexible circuitry, flexible battery, etc? I could go on and on, and any one of those would be amazing. But really, I think it's going to be incremental updates from here on.

    A couple of things that I think will be kinda big to me,

    1. Battery Longevity
    As smartphone gets more and more powerful, and replaces more and more things in our daily lives, it's kinda disappointing that a phone that lasts just a single day of moderate use is considered to be good. I would consider it a big thing if a manufacturer can produce a smartphone that lasts a week of use on a single charge while maintaining pocket-ability. I have always admired Apple for their battery optimisation on iPhone. They don't have the biggest battery, but through smart optimisation, they lasts as long as phones with larger battery from the same usage.

    2. Co-Processors
    Again, I am quite interested with how manufacturers can take advantage of custom co-processors to enable new uses for our smartphones. Motorola with the Moto X has proved that having these co-processors not only enable new features, but allow for better battery life too. Some applications which I find interesting are;

    Touchless Controls with Voice Assistance
    It is still rough around the edges, but I can see how this can be extremely useful in a lot of situations. Like driving, or you just want to set an alarm/reminder/calendar, but your hands are unavailable (carrying things, typing, lying in bed, etc). One thing that I think Apple has done right with SIRI, are the ability to change settings using voice. "Turn on Bluetooth", "Turn down the brightness", etc. The thing that is great about Google Now is how integrated it is to Google's services. Like if you have an email to your gmail about your boarding pass, GNow knows it. If you have search for a location on GMaps, GNow will know it too. It's a rudimentary attempt and pre-empting a user's needs, but it does sort of work. In the future I expect them to work for more things for both Google Now and SIRI (perhaps even the rumoured Cortana for Windows Phone). Features that they can "learn" from each other to better themselves. Think A.I. like VIKI from iRobot, think Hal 9000 from Space Odyssey, think Jarvis, think... you get the idea. Basically do more with our smartphones, without actually the need to pick up our smartphones.

    For e.g. I am on the tube, the phone sees that I have an appointment with John and the GPS shows me travelling towards that direction. It then tries to give an ETA, if I might run late, it will prompt me if I want to send a message to John telling him I might be late.

    Apple M7 Motion Co-Processor
    Again, this is basically a way to do more with our smartphones, without actually the need to pick up our smartphones. Automation. A great example would be the recent Runkeeper app, or Nike+, which is able to use the co-processor to track activity and storing the information within the processor itself so the app doesn't even have to be running. Once you open the app, the data stored can be accessed by the applications. Again with a low powered co-processor it can constantly track motion without using less power. I seem to recall reading about a patent to use on-board sensors in tandem with the vibrator motor to adjust the impact position of a phone in case it was dropped? That would be useful and would certainly be possible now there is co-processor that can always be running without draining the battery.

    I think finding new ways to utilise co-processors will be something that could change the way we use our smartphones.
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    Holographic keyboards and displays that expand to form right out of the smartphone. Maybe a long time down the line, but would eliminate the need for desktops and laptops... one device would do everything except for cutting edge processing items.
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    Quote Originally Posted by svelt View Post
    Holographic keyboards and displays that expand to form right out of the smartphone. Maybe a long time down the line, but would eliminate the need for desktops and laptops... one device would do everything except for cutting edge processing items.

    Holographic projection
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    Wireless charging, then solar panel displays.


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    The next big thing(hopefully)and a game changer
    will not be the phone, but the battery technology.
    Imagine a smartphone that can last 3 days on one charge whilst getting used constantly. Apple were supposed to have invested heavily in a Japanese battery manufacturer a few years ago so perhaps it's not too far fetched.

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