Over the years
smartphones have become more functional than ever thanks to developers
combining phone, computer and camera capabilities into a single mobile device. As smartphone
manufacturers continue to bring new innovations to the fore the boundaries
between laptops, cameras and smartphones are becoming increasingly blurred.

Looking ahead
the expectations for mobile technology are greater than ever with handsets
continuing to pack in even more innovation and functionality. But what exactly
can we expect to see from some of the biggest names in smartphone in the
future?

Smartphone technology: What’s next?
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Flexible display technology
Samsung expressed
its interest in flexible display technology some time ago but the company still
has its sights set on being the first manufacturer to bring this development to
the masses.
During CES 2013,
the world’s largest consumer electronics tradeshow, the firm showed off
prototypes of its YOUM flexible OLED panels and curved displays.

Last week a
Samsung patent cropped up on the internet covering a number of innovations
which may relate to its next generation smartphone. While it’s not certain if
or when these latest designs will come to fruition the patent helps potential
users understand exactly how flexible screens will work.

The new
technology will track the way in which a user bends the screen, adjusting the
output images so that whatever is shown on the display will be free of
distortion.

Other
manufacturers including LG and Apple have also indicated their intent to
explore the realms of flexible screen technology, so it shouldn’t be too long
before potential consumers start witnessing elements of this innovation in
smartphones.

Larger camera sensors
Taking pictures
on the go is now easier than ever thanks to increased camera capabilities
integrated into mobile devices. This year the market has already seen a number
of handsets boasting 13 megapixel cameras, including the Sony Xperia Z and
Samsung Galaxy S4.

But as
smartphone makers look to transform the way users take pictures with their
mobiles many firms are already being pegged to be working on new developments
for release in the very near future.

Sony is one firm
reportedly focussing it efforts on creating a 20 megapixel sensor, and rumour
has it the company will also be bringing the Cyber-Shot designation found in
its range of digital cameras to its handsets.
While this might
sound like an impressive offering last year Nokia took things one step further
and released the 808 PureView which featured a huge 41 megapixel camera.
Although this is the only time the firm has released it oversized sensor, it’s
likely it won’t be the last. Nokia’s PureView camera technology is also
continuing to evolve and has since featured in the flagship Nokia Lumia 920 as
well as the new Nokia Lumia 925.

Underdogs Huawei
and LG are also being tipped to be working on new camera innovations to enhance
optical zooming capabilities on their smartphones.

Build Quality
Handsets like
the fully water resistant and dust proof Sony Xperia Z have signalled a change
in the way smartphones are being constructed. Last month
Google was also reported to be working on a new line of hard-wearing
smartphones that are tougher and more durable than its previous offerings.

The Gorilla
Glass coating commonly found skinned on top of smartphone displays could
eventually be replaced by Sapphire, a material used as transparent armour on
military vehicles, to provide a scratchproof and virtually shatterproof
display.

When it comes to
design, colour is becoming an increasingly important factor, and judging by the
selection of shades already of the market it shouldn’t be too long before you
can get your hands on green, purple and orange phones as well as
other garish tones.

And, it doesn’t
look like things will stop there. Earlier this year Taiwanese company Polytron
Technologies submitted a transparent smartphone concept, further indicating
that right now there seems to be no limits as to what the smartphone world is
capable of producing next.

The mobile space
is wide open to all manner of innovations and developments, and with a flurry
of possibilities already in the making the future of smartphone technology
looks very bright indeed.

Written by Sarah Hazelwood of Dialaphone, the home of
all the latest mobile phones.
Rizwan Ahmad
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This article is contributed by Sarah Hazelwood  and posted by Rizwan Ahmad Author and founder of cyberockk.com, He is a tech blogger from India and he loves to share his thoughts by writing articles on this site to the different topics related to technology world,
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