Future phones - what to expect from future mobile phones

Jonathan Leggett

Future phones are being touted as the ultimate multifunctional gadgets and are expected to be more closely embedded in our day-to-day lives than ever before.

Some experts predict that the mobiles of the future will become remote controls for our whole lives, while others forecast that in the future mobile phones will literally run our lives for us.

One thing is for certain, the technology involved in mobile phones and mobile networks has developed so rapidly over the last few years that it's going to be an exciting ride.

Future phones: what's in store for us?

transparent phone future smartphone

Concept phones are a great way of getting a glimpse at how phones of the future may develop.

One such vision for the future of mobile phones was Nokia's The Morph phone, which it was claimed would "transform the user's experience".

Designed by Tapani Tyhanen, who was director and head of Nokia's Research Center Laboratory in Cambridge, The Morph suggests that phones of the future will involve transparency and transformability.

In layman's terms, this means future mobile phones may be bendy and come in many shapes and forms.

If the Morph is an accurate representation, in future the entire mobile phone casing will be a display.

This would mean that phone users could look at menus from any angle, including from the back of the phone.

The Nokia Morph also uses radio frequencies, silicon microphones, and speed and motion detectors.

These sit next to thermal detectors and a range of other super-high-tech features to sense the environment, the health and temperament of people nearby.

The Morph name comes from the mutability of Nokia's futuristic phone design, which means it's a host of devices in one.

Users will be able to snap apart their phones, and add in additional modules in order to change the way the phone can be used, for example turning their Morph phone into a GPS enabled belt clip for hiking and extreme sports, or a flat screen for watching video.


Some predictions state that in the not too distant future mobiles will change the way we learn and teach.

With more than one in three school children owning a mobile phone, a future where camera and voice recorder phones are both learning and teaching tools is highly possible.

We have already seen some education authorities using texts to alert parents to the truancy and even to notify pupils of classroom changes.

Harnessing the multi-functional nature of mobile phones as both learning, and teaching aids could be increasingly commonplace, especially as high quality camera phones become more widely and cheaply available.

It's been suggested that in the future mobile phones will be used to take photos and make notes on field trips, in order to create a more active and informal approach to learning.


flexbile smartphone

For years, Samsung has been showing off flexbile concept phones at trade shows that are so robust they can be folded in two by the user.

But so far, the closest it has come to bringing the technology to market was the Galaxy Round smartphone.

This featured a significantly less jaw-dropping curved screen and sold disappointingly.

However, given its more recent innovative approach to smartphone shapes, CF: the Galaxy Edge, which was home to a ridged panel that doubled as a second screen, we think Samsung will continue to experiment with flexible phone technology and fully expect it to be first to market with a bendable handset.

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