In the 1991 movie “New Jack City,” Wesley Snipes played fictional Harlem drug lord “Nino Brown.” While driving the streets of Harlem, “Nino” makes a call on his “smartphone.” That primitive cellphone had more in common with a World War II walkie talkie, but the wireless phone revolution had begun.
In 2007, Steve Jobs brought the “smart” to cellphones with the creation of the iPhone. A mere five years later, consumers want smarter smartphones. Better cameras, better video recording, better audio and apps that can do everything.
Small business owners are demanding smarter smartphones as they have now become our traveling office.
- QUAD-CORE PROCESSORS: Smarter smartphones need more operating power. This year’s Nvidia Tegra 3 processor is reportedly 5-times faster than last year’s Tegra 2 processor. If your game is gaming, Qualcomm will release a quad-core Snapdragon CPU with speeds up to 2.5GHz plus a quad-core Adreno graphics processor.
- NEAR-FIELD COMMUNICATIONS (NFC): Instead of a credit card, do you want to use your smartphone to make a payment by waving it past a kisok? Wireless carriers and smartphone makers are making new phones NFC capable. Google Wallet is now available. This year, wireless carriers will release their NFC payment network “ISIS.” The BlackBerry Bold 9900 & BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370 are NFC capable. Apple may make future iPhones NFC capable.
- 720-PIXEL HD RESOLUTION: High-end smartphones means high-end resolution. In 2011, Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus and HTC’s Rezound led the high resolution revolution. This year, 720-pixel-resolution will become the norm for high-end smartphones.
- 4G LTE TECHNOLOGY: Smarter smartphones need faster networks to transmit data. Verizon led the way in 2011 with HTC’s ThunderBold & Samsung’s Droid Charge. AT&T and Sprint are now getting in the game. In 2012, 4G LTE will be the standard in all high-end smartphones.
- VOICE CONTROL: iPhone 4S’s “SIRI” lets you do less typing & more talking. Google & Microsoft are adding voice control to their systems, but Apple may have the last laugh. “The House That Jobs Built” may allow 3rd parties to incorporate Siri’s virtual personal assistant functions to their apps.
- AUGMENTED REALITY (AR): This feature already appears on a few apps. However, Ramon T. Lamas of IDC predicts AR will soon be a feature on all high-end smartphones.
- BETTER PHONES, CHEAPER PRICES: High-end smartphones get the best of this year’s technology, but last year’s smartphones may be a smarter buy. Apple 3G iPhones will probably be around for another year. According to Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, “The cheapest phones will be Android & we are going to have to look at bringing the costs of our (Windows) handsets down.”
Smartphones are getting smarter, but we humans are not getting dumber.
Humans are inventing smartphones that cater to our every whim & need.
The demands of our 24/7 world where our work & personal lives blend together makes smarter smartphones an absolute necessity.
Now, if we “smart” humans could only invent a 24/7, solar-powered, smartphone battery that works for life!