Phones have become more than just tools with which people play, but innovation in the smartphone industry seems to have stalled. So, what does the future hold for these computers in our pockets?
Over the years, cell phones have come in many shapes and sizes. The mobile phone market has evolved dramatically since its inception in 1973, from bulky phones with antennas and flip-up handhelds, to modern Internet-connected devices.
Since then, phones have become more than just tools with which people can play games. It’s our calendar, our cameras. In many ways, they are central to how we live our lives, and we have developed a dependence on them.
But innovation in the smartphone industry seems to have reached its peak. Beyond flashy cameras and more efficient chips, phone makers are struggling to find ways to entice consumers the same way they did years ago.
“We’re now living in this kind of sea of smartphone sameness,” said Ben Wood, senior analyst at technology research firm CCS Insight.
“I think we’ve moved to a phase now with cell phones where people aren’t so quick to say, ‘I really want to get this new phone,’” Wood said. “In a lot of cases, it’s almost a difficult purchase.”
So what does the future hold for these computers in our pockets? Watch the video to learn more.
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