What’s next for Smartphone Advancements?

by Matt Klassen on April 9, 2013

Have you ever wondered how the mobile market determines what the next big thing in mobile technology will be? With innumerable options like gesture recognition, eye-tracking, and 3D display all sitting just over the horizon, how does the market know what technology consumers are ready for next, particularly given the fact mobile consumers often don’t know what they want now, let alone a year or two from now?

Over the past several years of covering the mobile market I’ve come to one conclusion, the decision making process is anything but scientific, a tack that seems to involve throwing multiple options against the wall and seeing what sticks. In fact, there are many more failed innovations lying on the cutting room floor than we ever see make their way to market, making mobile development truly a fool’s game.

But if there’s one tried and true mobile technology that is always in need of further development its smartphone camera technology, and as tech analyst Rob Enderle predicts, advanced multiple camera support and editing tools, once exclusively the realm of the PC, will likely be the next big thing in mobile technology, meaning more so than ever our smartphones will be able to capture everything and everyone.

Much to the chagrin of privacy advocates the reality of our technological existence is that we appear on camera…and more often than we might be comfortable with. In fact, following the infamous 2011 Stanley Cup riots in my home city of Vancouver, many offenders found their anonymity destroyed by the ubiquitous mobile camera, key evidence that has since allowed law enforcement to convict rioters who would have otherwise gone unpunished.

Now with cameras on our smartphones and cameras on our cars and soon to be cameras in our glasses, our lives are increasingly being captured, those awkward or embarrassing moments that might have previously gone unnoticed now posted and categorized for the world to see.

But as the issue has shifted from having not enough cameras to having far too many cameras, the problem has becoming not being able to sync images from multiple feeds into a succinct final product, and that’s where your smartphone will soon come into play.

As Enderle explains, mobile camera developers are on the cusp of bringing advanced 4K image resolution technology to the smartphone, the new higher resolution TV format that currently taxes high end PCs, but apparently will work just fine on the next generation mobile processors. What will set these advanced smartphones apart, Enderle notes, is the phone’s ability to synchronize multiple camera feeds, allowing the user to record and edit these videos right on one’s smartphone.

The applications for such technology are endless, allowing everyone with a mobile device to become a director, not only capturing every minutia of life on video, but doing so from multiple angles with the smartphone (as it so often is) the link between them.

In the end, while I decry the fact that recording life has seemingly replaced actually living it (turning us into bystanders instead of participants), I have to admit that such mobile camera advancements are inevitable as the smartphone continues its unstoppable journey towards being our one-stop technological platform.

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Written by: Matt Klassen. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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Infinite April 9, 2013 at 5:58 pm

The advancements in smartphones have drastically improved within the past few years, and will keep advancing. Right now they are working on flexible displays, higher megapixel cameras, and longer battery life.

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