The smartphone’s role in reshaping human interaction is nothing short of unprecedented, with many people believing this technology is likely the greatest invention of the 21st century. With their overwhelming convenience and functionality, these devices connect us to the world in ways we previously never thought possible.
But still, perhaps the world’s greatest gadget is still held back by a few lingering hangups. While today’s smartphones look wildly different from the first iPhone released in 2007, there are still some common annoyances consumers must contend with — but that will soon become a thing of the past.
Here are three ways smartphones have and will continue to make people’s lives a little easier and enjoyable to manage.
Choosing Between Wi-Fi and Cellular Data
Unlimited data was the standard when the first iPhone was released a decade ago. However, as many consumers are intimately familiar, this convenience quickly melded into tiered data plans that meant consumers had to cut back on excess data usage. Today, that means busy professionals and everyday people alike continue to seek out free Wi-Fi anywhere and everywhere to avoid going over their data plan.
But not all smartphone owners have to carefully monitor their data usage. When T-Mobile reinstated unlimited data plans just a few years ago, other carriers followed suit. Today, Verizon and AT&T offer unlimited data options — and prices are sure to drop as tough competition between the big four (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile) continues.
Generating Automatic Data Backups
You’ll never realize how much of your life is stored on your smartphone until that information is lost. Ever not backed up your device and suddenly realize everything has been wiped completely clean? It’s tragic to say the least. But while using online backup services like iCloud and Google Drive can solve a lot of these issues, they don’t offer enough collaborative tools required by small businesses and usually cap storage space between one and two terabytes — not much for business needs.
However, cloud-based services like Mozy are helping to fill that gap by providing instant syncing across multiple devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops) and automatic backups on the go. As technology advances, automatic backups will become faster, easier to access and could even sync data throughout your home. Some of the best current examples of this trend include home assistants like Google Home, Apple HomePod and Amazon Echo, which can connect to all of your different accounts and sync information with simple voice commands.
Delivering Extended Charging and Battery Life
Providing better, extended battery life is a desire many smartphone owners have been imploring manufacturers to deliver for some time — and it’s something they have slowly been rolling out. Then there’s charging speed. Unfortunately, the best battery in the world won’t provide you a quick, optimal charge when, say, you only have 15 minutes until your next meeting and your battery is at 10 percent.
But thanks to new USB power standards available with USB-C connectors, fast-charging capabilities are finally available in some smartphones that the Verizons, Sprints and AT&Ts of the world are quickly looking to put on their shelves. In fact, rumor has it that the newest iPhone, which is expected to be released in September, will feature this technology.
So just how fast is the charge? Smartphone manufacturers promise an 80 percent battery boost in under 35 minutes. That’s nearly four-times faster than what a conventional charge will give you. Pretty soon, though, charging capabilities like this will be the new standard — and we’ll become more and more hungry until we can whet our appetite with an even better, unfulfilled promise: instant charging.