Change happens quickly in the phone industry. The top companies are constantly driving updates and upgraded features in an attempt to compete with each other.
So what features are the big smartphone companies working toward? We take a look at future smartphone features and give you some insight into what your phone will look like in the next few years.
Things are about to get really cool, really quickly. As with past features, as soon as one company comes out with a feature, the rest tend to quickly follow suit, making the trend the new norm.
Headphone Jack (Or Lack Thereof)
With Apple’s newest release of the iPhone 7 many people were in an uproar about the removal of the headphone jack. There was a lot of speculation about all phone companies following suit and going with completely wireless headphones.
However, what Apple hadn’t mentioned was that there would be a head phone jack available for the iPhone 7, to be used via the lightning port. This was Apple’s innovative way of having more speakers (four to be exact — one in each corner) and to maximize the phone’s capabilities.
By removing the standard jack, Apple was able to not only add the extra external speaker, but was able to ensure people would purchase their headphones instead of generic headphones.
Now more and more phone companies are starting to follow suit, as previously speculated. However, most other phone types, Samsung in particular, are focusing more on a wireless era, and are opting out of traditional headphones altogether.
It is the digital age, there is no doubt about that. And what would the digital age be without some sort of digital personal assistant?
After years of prototyping, Apple believes they have finally mastered the idea of the digital assistant, and many other companies are starting to catch up.
Siri, who was released with the iPhone 4S about five years ago, has been updating herself constantly. With more and more gadgets popping up (smart watches, for example) the ability to handle everything you need without having to touch your phone is something that is enticing more and more people.
The cameras in phones have been constantly adapting over time, and this year will be no different. With the release of newer versions of the iPhone 7 and the recent release of the Samsung Note, cameras are so much better than their old counterparts found in the Motorola Razor.
The cameras can now do so much more than just snap a picture. They can filter the picture, stabilize the image and, in some cases, even minimize certain negative effects (sunlight, red eye, etc.).
You can now use the cameras to capture movements and piece them together in a flip-book format. You can take panorama pictures and even take 360 photos and videos.
The digital age is starting to come up with some wild ideas. I wonder if kids will even understand what a Polaroid is?