The ever-present smartphone is an extension of our body in today’s modern world. We use them for almost everything that you can think of, and it’s fair to say that it is almost unthinkable that any of us could imagine living without them. Correct us if we’re wrong. This is why recent news might come as quite the shock.
A yearly report via telecoms stalwarts Ericsson has forecasted that smartphones are heading for the end – within the next half a decade.
The study, which took survey answers from as many as 100,000 people in Sweden, as well as 39 other countries, revealed that there are many people who feel that smartphones are ‘over’.
According to the people involved in the study group through the telecoms giant, as an alternative, we will communicate with ‘artificially intelligent’ assistants, which would not require the use of a screen.
This is further backed by the fact that many tech gurus envisage that wearable gadgets, the Apple Watch, for example, will gradually begin to substitute smartphones. There is a feeling in many circles of experts that the shift might be coming this quickly!
‘A smartphone in the hand, it’s really not that practical,’ said Rebecka Cedering Ångström from Ericsson ConsumerLab.
‘For example, not when one is driving a car or cooking. And there are many situations where display screens are not so good. Therefore, one in two thinks that smartphones will belong to the past within five years.”
‘Things just go so fast now from the idea to the mass market. We have not studied the technology; this is just what consumers think.’
This recent news comes at an interesting time, as we have been reporting the marked increase in the use of smartphones for mCommerce and the benefits that Magento eCommerce businesses have seen. Let’s not go tossing our iPhones in the bin just yet!