Smartphones Becoming More Complex: Gaming Consoles with 3D Capabilities, Weather Stations and Much More!

At a processor conference earlier this week, there was discussion about the future of smartphones. One of the topics was the hardware and software upgrades which could turn cell phones into gaming consoles, weather stations, and much more. Phones already are capable of displaying high def video, playing music, and taking photos which are of a comparable quality to digital cameras. Phones in the future will likely be able to display 3D video, allow complex gaming, and determine weather patterns. Among the enhancements discussed were full high definition gaming, and 3D applications like video, gaming and maps. There will be enhanced e-mail, user to user chat services, and browsing capabilities which mirror what users have on their computers today. However, the development of these services and technology will be contingent on the demand for such services, and device screens, processors and battery capabilities. There are currently smartphones and tablets with many of these abilities due to be released by the end of this year. Among their standard features are displays that can play full 1080p high definition video and dual-core processors. These upcoming devices set the standard for the future of video and graphics on hand helds. There has also been discussion about bringing 3D screens to hand held devices. Even though 3D televisions are still in their infancy, the move to 3D portable devices is not far off. Nintendo is already set to launch their "3DS". A portable gaming console with a 3D screen that is going to be sold early next year. These upgrades and features are not entirely new to mobile devices. There are cell phones on the market that already have sensors like accelerometers (the iPhone), and those in the industry believe that other advanced options are not far off. Among those discussed were facial recognition and weather monitoring devices. Intel's researchers are currently developing sensors for smart phones to measure air quality. However, these upgrades will obviously come at a cost. There are questions about what the impact these new abilities will have on phone sizes and battery lives. Power consumption is a big issue and concern for many consumers when purchasing a cell phone. The early generation of iPhones were revolutionary in their abilities, but for all of their pros, the massive con was the poor battery life. Your phone can do everything in the world, but if it is dead because of poor battery life, it is useless. These new mobile phones will have advanced new processors which are not only more powerful, but smarter in how they operate. They will have multiple cores which boost application performance while trying to minimize the impact on battery life. These chips are able to shut down to save battery life. I am intrigued to see what the future holds for cell phones. They are already so advanced that many people can run their businesses on the go. Soon they may replace our entertainment systems, computers, and other practical devices we use daily.