Our mobile devices have become the home for all things content consumption, figures for the use of streaming services like Netflix or Prime or livestreaming for the likes of Twitch continue to increase as well as the changes seen in mobile gaming over the years as some of the biggest games like these are primarily consumed on mobile. It’ll come as no surprise to many then that many of the biggest tech changes for mobile are aimed at making these services that much better, but what are the biggest expected tech changes, and what sort of impact could they have on the way we use our devices?
“Gimmick” features will likely fade in time – Some of the biggest changes seen in recent years have come with the likes of folding screens and the return of flip phones with the whole screen folding in half too, and whilst these are really cool ideas and bring something new to the mobile market, they are widely considered to be gimmick features that are unlikely to stick around for the longer term. Not only does it lead to higher priced devices, but also comes with the problem that they simply aren’t all that useable – they may lead to further exciting developments that could continue to change the mobile market, but perhaps unlikely a big-ticket tech change that will improve our devices in the longer term.
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5G and networking changes could allow further development – Whilst 5G will certainly change the way mobile devices access the internet, it may go a little further with peripherals that will change things like mobile gaming. Newer tech platforms like virtual reality will greatly benefit from this networking change with low latency and higher speeds, and something that has been perhaps unachievable with high prices and poor performance may quickly change and will certainly be a target for tech enthusiasts moving forward as the favourite platform revolutionises and changes further.
Battery changes are anticipated and could be close by – One of the primary features that are currently hamstringing our modern mobile devices certainly come within the battery tech we still rely on – bigger screens and more powerful hardware have led to a bigger power draw, and whilst some of this has been solved with ultra-fast charging and the wider use of power banks and portable chargers, it’s a big issue for some. We’ve seen how battery changes with silicon in mind could be on the way for bigger industries like automobiles with electric vehicles, and development in this space for battery tech may show the way forward for smaller consumer devices too, and it may not be all that long before we have mobile batteries that can keep up with the growing demand and strain placed on them.