As the largest mobile manufacturer in the world, Nokia has been the focus of considerable attention over the years in providing indications as to where the industry is heading.
Earlier this week it unveiled several developing ideas and hinted at how the phones of 2015 could look and behave.
In a teaser video screened at 'The Way We Live Next' conference, Nokia showed that the future lies in two distinct areas; dual screen technology and cloud computing.
Although details were sparse, the brief insights and artistic renderings of the phones of the future were exciting for the industry experts present. Clearly, for the time being these are conceptual possibilities rather than physical certainties.
However, in years to come Nokia plans to integrate its smartphones into every aspect of a person's life.
This will involve increased access to information and intelligent recognition of the surrounding environment based upon the phone's location.
As an example, a scenario in which a rural worker could sell information about his daily activities and environmental observations to research institutions via the cloud was suggested.
These developments will understandably require evolution in working patterns and indeed social behaviour, with technology acting as a catalyst.