Smartphones are becoming more of a necessity than a need nowadays. More and more people are increasing their reliant need on these gadgets to get most of their task done. Smartphones have replaced feature phones to take on a wide variety of task. As we progress through every iteration of smartphones each year, they seemingly get better and better. These improvements to smartphones come at a cost of high customer expectations. Smartphones have gotten so much better these days that people are not measuring them by what’s good with them anymore, rather people are nitpicking and seeing what can be done better, and expectations are just skyrocketing. So what are these expectations? Let’s have a look at the three pillars that define the smartphones out there.
1. Improved Battery Technology-
As smartphones get bigger and better with a greatly improved specification, battery technology used in today’s smartphones seems dated, given that we are still using Lithium Polymer batteries. They simply cannot withstand charge for a longer duration and are subject to degradation over a short period of time. Since manufacturers are keen on keeping their phones lean and mean, this leaves for very less room to pack a larger capacity battery. So what do we do now? For this, manufacturers are pushing greatly improved fast charging capabilities which compensate user’s for the less battery packed in their smartphones.
Expectations anyone? As long as we are still working with Lithium Polymer technology for batteries, it would be really great if manufacturers could pack in a bigger battery even if it comes at the cost of having to live with a slightly thicker smartphone. Cause at the end of the day, not everyone would carry around a Power Bank with them for topping up their batteries, hence a bigger battery packed in always helps to make it through the end of the day.
2. Smartphones, optimization is the Key-
Optimization brings about great user experience, this ensures everything is running smooth as expected. Optimization benefits in various ways, whenever an application can greatly use the enhanced feature of the operating system, the general experience seem to just do very well and this results in smooth experience for the user. This in-turn has a good impact on the overall performance of the smartphone itself, which results in good memory management and very less battery drain, resulting in a well-optimized ecosystem.
3. Greatly improved software experience-
One of the major differentiating factor in any smartphone these days comes down to its software experience. You must be wondering by now, “Isn’t software experience the same as optimization!?”, well, the software experience is something that is defined by the manufacturers as what they want to bring to the table with the user experience and the various feature sets. On both sides of the camp, the two most popular Operating system in current existence being Android and iOS, where each version of the Operating System has something different and unique to offer. However, on Team android, the software experience varies a lot due to the presence of various OEM in the market.
However, at the end of the day, it all boils down to what an end user wants out of the ecosystem and what his experience has to be.So to wrap it all up I guess what can be said about moving forward with expectation is not only defined by good hardware alone, it’s impeccable. But all of the above mentioned would be a great pillar of defining what can be done achieved better than what is existing today. And believe me when I say this, these 3 pillars goes a long way in defining the way we use our smartphones on a day to day basis.
Taking a look at the Poll results, it’s quite evident to see that people actually don’t mind carrying around a thicker smartphone provided it has a benefit attached to it, and according to the results 73% people actually want improved battery life. Well, this has always been the case, however, voice of the consumer is something that cannot be given 100% attention all the time, it has it’s on limitation.
So to wrap it all up, I can say that. The smartphones of the future look promising in a way, we are seeing very good gains in hardware over the years. We have reached a time where Mid-Segment smartphones are seemingly great for the price they are being offered for. This shows how much we have progressed over the course of the years in terms of pure hardware gains. And with every segment, I guess these few pillars will go a long way in defining how we use our smartphones in the future.