Mobile phones of the future demand better mobile connectivity
Whether it’s connecting with colleagues remotely, streaming video and music or downloading data in a pinch, mobile phones are already a vital part of our lives. After all, by 2025 the share of monthly active users in the UK is projected to reach 93.68% of the population – that’s almost 70 million people making calls, accessing the internet and downloading fitness apps they may or may not open.
It’s amazing how far we’ve come already, but mobile phones will only continue to evolve as technologies develop even further and the demand for innovation grows. Strong, reliable mobile coverage will continue to be crucial as smartphones move from being a constant companion to that extra limb that you literally can’t live without.
So what can we expect from the mobile phones of the future? Here’s what we’re most excited about below.
Holographic displays straight from a sci-fi movie
Holographics used to be something that only existed in Star Wars, but mobile makers are continuing to push the boundaries with displays that create high-resolution 3D videos.
The world’s first holographic smartphone, Red Hydrogen One, split critics over its holographic display, with some saying it was gimmicky and blurry. But phone makers are pressing on, with Samsung recently showing off a thin-panel device capable of displaying 4K resolution 3D images from various angles.
It’ll be some time before holographic devices are a regular sight on the high street, but eventually we could end up seeing holographic keypads or user interfaces that operate based on finger gestures, eye tracking and even brain wave recognition.
Voice assistants you can have an actual conversation with
Alexa, Cortana and Siri are all household names, but AI-powered voice assistants could improve even further in the future, offering more streamlined conversations, better accuracy and personalised responses from smartphones.
Voice tech will be integrated into more and more mobile apps, saving users from navigating complicated interfaces to get to the page they want. Google and Amazon are taking steps to implement personalised experiences into their voice assistants, with Alexa’s “Learn my Voice” command allowing it to recognise unique voices, as well as memorise nicknames and payment info.
Juniper Research predicts that there could be 8.4 billion digital voice assistants in use by 2024, driven by smart home devices. Imagine a future where you’re having a full-fledged conversation with your smartphone – it might not be as far away as you think.
Eco-friendly smartphones with a reduced environmental impact
The smartphone industry may have come under fire for its environmental impact in the past, but it’s increasingly recognising growing consumer demand for greener materials, reduced emissions during production and ethical labour practices.
A consortium of mobile operators including O2, Vodafone and Orange recently launched an Eco-Rating labelling scheme to rank phones based on key sustainability issues, such as recyclability, recyclability and resource efficiency.
A variety of eco-friendly phones have already hit the market, including the Sony Xperia Z, which is made up primarily of recycled materials, and the Microsoft Lumia 500 which contains 0% nickel and plastic. Then there’s Fairphone, which has built an entire business model producing phones based on fairtrade gold, recycled plastics and conflict-free materials.
5G and 6G unlocking new smartphone capabilities
Industries worldwide are gearing up for a digital future with 5G as the foundation, as it will allow billions of devices to gather and share information at once. Smartphone users will benefit from rapid downloads, super-fast streaming and a much more stable and reliable connection.
5G-enabled smartphones have been popping onto the market since the ZTE Axon Pro 5G was launched in 2019, and the trend is only set to continue. Countries in Europe, Asia and North America have already begun projects exploring 6G, with some experts estimating it could offer download speeds up to 100 times faster than 5G.
The continued push for faster mobile connectivity speeds will unlock a whole new world of advantages when it comes to smartphones. However, if your building is blocking incoming mobile phone signal, then your fancy new smartphone could end up being nothing but an expensive, well-designed doorstop.
Smartphones of the future require strong in-building connectivity
If your building experiences weak mobile phone signal or dead zones, you won’t be able to access many of the benefits offered by smartphones of the future. So what’s the answer? Thankfully, UCtel can futureproof your mobile connectivity with an easy-to-install, fully legal and scalable solution.
Cel-Fi offers a range of mobile signal boosters to suit the interior of most buildings, including hospitals, warehouses, offices, retail units and more. By placing a donor antenna where the best signal is located and connecting it to an internal amplifier, we'll ensure mobile phone signal is distributed effectively across your entire building.
The next generation of smartphones doesn’t just require reliable in-building mobile coverage: it demands it. So why get left behind? Contact UCtel today and we’ll provide the right solution to maximise mobile phone coverage across your building. Just send us a floorplan for your building at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can have a chat about the solution that’s right for you – no strings attached!