Wishful features we want to see in next generation smartphones

Wishful features we want to see in next generation smartphones

While smartphones and tablets have provided users with free flowing mobility and features that a normal computer could not provide, there are still some features not present in smartphones and other mobile devices that we just hope would find their way incorporated in them in the near future. Here are some of the features that we wish to see in future releases of smartphones.

1. Fully functional USB 2.0 ports

Wishful features we want to see in next generation smartphones

No! We don’t mean micro USB ports; they already exist in Android operating system smartphones. What we really want are fully functional USB 2.0 ports present in smartphones because having USB 2.0 ports in smartphones will negate the necessity of purchasing additional accessories to start working other peripherals such as USB flash drives or external hard drives. Granted, having additional USB ports in a smartphone may not end up giving the device that thin look that every smartphone user salivates for, but on a personal note; having a thicker smartphone does not always mean a bad thing.

In some cases, having a thicker smartphone can also mean a good thing. For instance, you will end up gripping the thing properly rather than clumsily dropping it all over the place thanks to your butter fingers. Currently, in order to access other peripherals, you will require a USB OTG (on the go) cable, which will allow you to connect flash drives, hard drives, keyboards and mice. One problem here is that a USB flash drive or a hard drive must not be in the exFAT format (otherwise it will not end up being detected). Even if users manage to satisfy this requirement, they will still need to download 3rd party apps and may be required to get expandable storage mediums working on their mobile device.

Even so, the USB OTG feature is not compatible with all smartphones so, you will be fresh out of luck if you plug in the OTG cable and you don’t end up getting a single notification stating that you plugged a cable in the phone. Therefore, we want things to be simple and convenient. No additional accessories, no apps, no rooting and most importantly, compatibility all across all major mobile operating systems. Now, that will make life much easier for the smartphone user.

2. Removable peripherals

Wishful features we want to see in next generation smartphones

There are some models of smartphones that come with removable batteries, but they feature a small charge capacity. Smartphone manufacturers are sometimes focused so much on bringing in innovative elements to their mobile products that they forget to inject the variables of flexibility in to the equation. For our 2nd request, we would strongly urge smartphone manufacturers to create smartphones that feature high capacity removable batteries along, plus removable smartphone screens. There is nothing more frustrating than having erroneously dropped your smartphone and the screen ends up getting a random whiplash of scratches on it or worse; it shatters.

Then it costs another fortune to go to the customer care departments and wait a century before they call us in to claim our device once more. If the companies want to charge us a hefty price to replace our dismantled or mangled smartphone screens then fine, so be it. However, they should at least give us the option to let us replace the screens ourselves. No one likes waiting. We know we certainly don’t.

3. Modular phones allowing us to upgrade components or replace damaged ones

Wishful features we want to see in next generation smartphones

Google is perhaps the only company right now that is investing heavily in something known as Project Ara; a project that caters to modular smartphones. That is about everything that we know about Project Ara, probably because Google does not blatantly tell us about each and every one of its plans. However, when a custom PC builder finds that one of his / her components has started to fail, they can rush out to the market to buy a new one.

Don’t get us wrong, replacing components are expensive, but it is still much better than purchasing a completing new computer altogether. Similarly, if the exact same principle of replacing or upgrading components was introduced in to smartphones; would it not be a far better substitute than resorting to purchase a whole new mobile device altogether? When you need an extra miniature RAM module to add to your mobile device, you will not have to serve up the companies your kidneys to buy a new mobile device. You will just have to add additional components to the category that you are targeting and presto; instant performance boost and upgrading done.

4. Waterproofing the devices: COMPLETELY

Wishful features we want to see in next generation smartphones

Majority of smartphone manufacturers market smartphones to be waterproof. Some of these vendors forget to point out little details such as a depth and time limit at which the devices can prevent water seeping in to their chassis and compromising the internal circuitry of the phone. However, there has been some recent advancements in attempts to completely waterproof mobile devices. The most recent technology is going by the name of a company called P2i; their patented technology is called HzO. HzO is a nano coating polymer that will allow smartphones to be submerged in water for hours and come out unscathed. This technology will be present in smartphones this year. Maybe now, smartphone owners will not have such an issue when they go for a swim and check their texts underwater. Brace yourselves; underwater selfies coming through!

Some features might be included in next generation smartphones and some won’t. Whatever the fate may be for our future smartphones, these four features are the ones that we really want to see (and have) in our next purchase.

Ali Moin

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