The mobile phone is dying, but mobile technology is just beginning

Chris Minas, Founder and CEO of Nimbletank, tells Information Age how the mobile phone as we know it is dying, but with it mobile technology is evolving to become much more connected to the consumer.

Technology is starting to pick up speed thanks to disruptive experiences on current and new devices. Next-generation personal communication devices may also change us in other ways that we have not yet considered.

Many mobile experts still disagree on whether the “year of mobile” has already taken place. Either way, one thing is for sure; the cell phone as we know it – that rectangular device that fits easily in your pocket – is dying. We are facing a tipping point where voice, home assistants, applications based on IoT services and tracking devices are gaining popularity, potentially replacing the mobile phone to connect users through new channels in new ways. and especially for Microsoft, 2018 could be the year for mobile technology, but not for phones.

For more than a decade, the smartphone has been the Swiss army knife of the digital age. Their appeal has grown from shiny devices, high-resolution screens, and smooth edges to heavily used apps and services running on phones, often as cloud-hosted internet services. Meanwhile, emerging flexible screens that could be unfolded or unrolled up to 10 or 14 inches would prevent phones from being defined by screen size and even set up a mobile with the potential of not being one at all. mobile phone !

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For example, Windows phones are long dead for Microsoft. Last year Microsoft pulled out of the handset business, setting aside $ 7.6 billion for its acquisition of Nokia’s handset business; However, the company has exciting plans to integrate mobile into its next-gen PCs starting in 2018. Microsoft’s Andromeda is a supposedly folding tablet – small enough to fit in your pocket, but large enough to do more work. serious.

Microsoft is expected to be the first with such a form factor device; it is not meant to be a one-off creation. Other companies like Dell, HP, Lenovo and many more are expected to follow in 2019 with their own twists and turns on this new category of digital journaling. This strategy reflects Microsoft Surface’s original initiative to launch the 2-in-1 PC category, which is now one of the most popular on the market. In addition, Microsoft’s future strategy turns out to be to make money on the mobile software back-end, selling cloud-based services, now its fastest growing business.

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To underscore the interest in rapidly evolving technology going beyond mobile devices, at Mobile World Congress 2018 much of the discussion focused on the future of technology in mobile phones rather than the phones themselves. and that this technology is integrating into new types of devices as part of the IoT transformation wave. New sensors for face tracking, eye tracking, voice recognition, gesture recognition and context will bring a powerful punch that could trigger movement in the fall of the mobile phone as we know it.

Along with new form factor devices and as technology gets smarter and easier to use, it’s likely that we won’t have to enter as much information as we once did manually. The next generation of smart assistants like Siri, Alexa, or Cortana will learn what we want to know and do what we want to do, sometimes before we even realize it on our own. In the near future, our personal assistant – wherever he lives – will study our eye movements in order to offer you the most suitable assistance.

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The intelligent assistants of the future will be able to whisper in our ears or even directly into our brain. In response, we may be able to respond through subvocalization, the term for the storytelling we have in our heads, through new wearable gadgets such as those developed by Arnav Kapur, a student at MIT’s Media Lab. Kapur has built a system for surfing the Internet with his mind. He silently Googled questions posed by CBS News Magazine 60 Minutes host Scott Pelley. After detecting issues in the mind, the portable product, named Alter ego, then transmits the responses through bone vibrations into the ear canal. This allows the user’s natural listening process to continue unabated.

This technology can help us in many ways – if we meet a person and cannot remember their name, for example, “This is John Smith” may blink in front of our eyes to remind us or, in the case of Kapur, help surf the Internet without lifting a finger. It’s also conceivable that smart assistants in our future devices could eventually interact with other smart assistants, replacing interaction with real people even more than today’s Gen Z is used to.

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But you don’t need to be too afraid of this rapid change. Cell phone use will not be completely cannibalized by the tech giants that manage home assistants. It only evolves the experience in the way it is used. Mobile technology is starting to pick up speed thanks to disruptive experiences on current and new devices. Next-generation personal communication devices may also change us in other ways that we have not yet considered. As for the smartphone, we will have to start using them to know if the future of mobile is mobile or not!

By Chris Minas, Founder and CEO of Nimbletank

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