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The Future Of Smartphones?

By Jacob Sherman

What happened to cell phones? It’s only a matter of time before the “calling feature” on phones is overshadowed by other, more mind-blowing applications. I’m not complaining–I think that the more one handheld device can do, the more we are freed up and the more empowered we are to focus on other things that we wish we could give more attention to, like family. I must admit, when I see how far the phone has come in the last 15 years I can’t help getting excited for the future–what will phones be capable of? I don’t know, but I do know that some of the recent technological innovations in smartphones have opened up the way for more innovations to come.

One of the latest big advances has been to use an accelerometer to detect and track the phone’s motions. Some of the first applications of this technology have been in the new cell phone games that draw some funny looks if you play them in public as you tip for phone from side to side. Smartphones can read that! They can also track your movement for navigation apps or even automatic collision notification (think Onstar). And this is just in the first few years that the technology has existed! Who knows where it’ll go from here?

Then there’s GPS. Your phone knows where you are, and where everything else is in relation to you, meaning that you never need to be lost again. It was not that big of a leap, therefore, to tach your phone to alert when in a severe weather area, or high crime area. Again, this technology already exists in an app. I’m willing to bet that we haven’t imagined all the applications of GPS on a phone, in conjunction with all the other technologies available.

Internet on your cell phone? If you could ask some people in the 80′s when they thought that that could happen, you wouldn’t get very accurate answers (even assuming that they knew what the internet was). Not only has internet arrived on phones faster than we could’ve imagined, it’s much, much cooler than handheld Pacman. You no longer need to be stuck in your living room to have the world at your fingertips, and this is only in the first few years, relatively speaking, that wireless internet has existed.

The best part is, there’s bound to be more leaps in technology that make completely different ideas possible. And why not? Half of the things that we could ever want a phone to do are already possible.

See how Automatic Collision Notification got on a phone app at My911′s smartphone app site

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Sherman, Jacob "The Future Of Smartphones?." The Future Of Smartphones?. 23 Jun. 2010. 18 Aug 2014 <>.

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