The Future of Cell Phones
Times could get very interesting in the near future for cell phone users. This basically means most of the world minus some third world countries of course. With in the next ten years or so the way we see phones being used is going to change for the better. Currently they’re a massive utility for everyone, but things will only get better with time. These new abilities will be charged by internet, processor advancements, and overall efficiency upgrades. Many changes we won’t even notice but they will work during our daily lives.
The term “wireless fiber” has been tossed around over the past year or so. If you’re new to how data is generally transferred the slowest version of internet use telephone lines. Data transfer has slowly changed over the years and has moved up to coaxial cable, these speeds are hundreds of times faster than the old telephone lines. However with the worlds thirst for speed a new kid is on the block. Generally only used for backbones to a whole network such as a business or school. This type of cabling if made of glass strands, and is called fiber optic. Using light to pass information the data is nearly instantaneous. How can we use cell phone radio waves to simulate this speed is an interesting topic.
MIMO – Multiple Input, Multiple Output
With new radio waves opening up for data transfer by the FCC cell providers now have a lot of new spectrum to use, and it’s also smaller, but “quicker” radio waves, allowing extremely high data rates compared to what we have now. There is already some MIMO being used in LTE networks but this newer versions will use several more antennas, and “towers”. These towers will be very small though, the size of laptop possibly in some areas. Other areas will require a larger tower of course. In order to maintain this connection we’ll need buildings with transmitters inside, the roll out may take a while but it should be great.
Processors – Rapid Development
Cell phones have made some crazy leaps over the last ten years for processing power. A phones processor today is over four times as fast than it was ten years ago. That only accounts for their advertised rating, not all the smaller advancements in how a processor works. A new processor is many times quicker than older versions, but it’s not just the CPU that has gotten quicker. The graphics processing unit, or GPU for short, has also came a long ways. This is what powers your games, home screen, anything graphical you see. The normal phone screen uses very little processing power. However if you open up a graphics intensive game that’s when the GPU really gets used.
Gaming on a mobile device will become much more life like and intense, with the help of the newer internet capabilities so will multiplayer. Multiplayer exists on phones currently, however the ping times and unreliability are an issue. Something that will be solved in the coming years, this will further the need for a stronger GPU due to higher demand for games.
Currently, battery tech is at a bit of a stand still, so the only way to solve it is efficiency increases. Efficiency is doing as much as you can, with what you have. As processors get faster, they also require less power to achieve the same performance. This is part of the benefit to newer technology so batteries will last longer making two days without a charger a safe bet. It doesn’t just stop at a processor though, LCD screens have also improved, as well as power management profiles for phones.
The Future – It’s Fast
The future shows a world of constant connectability, everything will be connected. This includes nearly all appliances, utility items, beds, even chairs! All that will be backed by a wireless network that rivals fiber optic data rates and reliability. Processors, both CPU and GPU get faster every year with great advancements in power and efficiency. I am looking forward to it, I hope everyone else is also.