The Future Of Mobile Technology
Handheld mobile phones were first invented in 1983, and since then we've come a long way in terms of mobile technology
A Brief Timeline Of Mobile Technology
1983 Motorola releases the DynaTAC 8000X, otherwise known as the 'brick'.
1993 The IBM Simon Personal Communicator is the first touchscreen PDA and phone combination
2002 The Nokia 3510i is one of the first mass produced phones to feature a coloured screen.
2007 Apple create the first truly smart phone, the iPhone, and change the way everyone thinks about mobile technology.
2008 Google unveil their own mobile operating system, Android. It quickly dominates the market.
2010 Microsoft unveils a new mobile OS, Windows Phone. It doesn't take off as well as android.
2012 Samsung knocks Apple off the top spot when their Galaxy S2 wins smartphone of the year at the Global Mobile Awards.
2013 5 billion people currently own a mobile, 1.1 billion of these are smartphones.
Analysts predict that by 2017 Android will be shipping a billion handsets a year
So what's next for mobile technology?
Flexible Screens are due to be released later this year
It's only a matter of time before we will see malleable phones
Bendable phones will be able to roll up and wrap around our wrists
These phones can also be moulded into whichever shape we please
Wearable technology is bursting on the scene.
With gagets like Pebble and Google Glass, people have never felt more connected.
As more manufacturers embrace the idea, we'll begin to see further innovations.
Apple has already patented the iWatch, which could incorporate the functionality of an iPhone into a simple watch.
What is Google Glass? 2 +Share
Google Glass is activated by simply looking up.
It can be controlled through voice and touch. It is GPS and WiFi enabled.
It projects a screen into our field of vision allowing us to view information whilst engaging with apps.
Smartphones will soon become personal assistants.
Remind people who to call
Remind us where we should be
Learn our routines and suggest ways to improve our day
Google Wallet allows users to store all their credit cards in one place and use their phone as a wireless wallet.
Expect this feature to be rolled out across many more mobiles over the next few years.
Did you know?
Insurance2go were the first company in the UK to add mobile wallet protection to their mobile phone insurance policies.
Privacy is becoming a big issue
Some phones already have facial recognition enabled
In future, there will be:
DNA Identification (like the gadgets in James Bond)
Smartphones will be able to project interactive touchscreens onto any surface.
Once projectors are perfected, it's only a matter of time before our smartphones can create 3D Holograms
The Science Behind Holograms
Hologram technology has actually been around hundreds of years - through a technique called Pepper's Ghost
Most recently we have seen projected animation onto a mirrored surface
This has then been reflected onto a screen of transparent foil
We've still got a long way to go before this feature appears on phones
Smartphones give doctors the ability to go mobile, allowing them to diagnose and treat illness from across the world.
Future phones could:
Check blood sugar levels
Take your blood pressure
Alert users and doctors of any anomalies
Endless Battery Life
Did you know?
There's now lithium-ion battery technology that's 2,000 times more powerful than comparable models.
If your phone charged itself whilst you moved
A phone that had a month's battery life
You'd save so much in electricity bills!
What technology would you like to see in the future?
Insurance2go are a UK based specialist insurer. Having provided insurance policies since 2005, they have established themselves as one of the leading insurers for smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Insurance2go is the trading name of Loyal Insurance who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.