By David Phelan on 18th Feb, 2016
Remember your first mobile phone? Your first smartphone? The moment you ditched your compact camera and satnav because your phone did both jobs better?
Although it’s hard not to be nostalgic for that first call-the-world-wherever-you-were moment, things have come a long way as companies have heaped innovations and improvements upon us. And not just in phones. Think how much TVs, washing machines and DVD players have changed.
Phones got smart
Even so, phone screens have been great looking for a few years, notably with the arrival of Super AMOLED displays which were pioneered by Samsung. And punchier screens led to the rise of many features such as striking video playback, ebook text that is legible even when tiny, and rich detail in everything from apps to menu options. The rise of the smartphone, with Samsung’s Galaxy range a major part of this, changed everything. These days, technology is at the service of apps such as the curved screen of the Galaxy Edge 6 which can discreetly alert you to an important notification.
Now that you can control your central heating, home security camera and more from your smartphone, greater integration between gadgets is taking hold. The latest smart TVs (and let’s not forget how picture quality has changed there, with LED, OLED, UHD and curved screens among many innovations) include cameras for video calls. Add a simple USB adapter and Samsung TVs can control and monitor home devices from the comfort of your sofa.
So what’s next? It’s clear that innovations come in all sizes – a washing machine with a second door so you can add that sock that went missing after you’ve started the wash seems minor but is brilliant. But the big advances will likely come from the way everything is connected, so that our phone knows everything that’s going on in our home, and beyond, and can do something about it. Whatever – looking back reminds us of one thing, that the future is going to be even more exciting.
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