Future of Mobile Phones in 2025

Mindy G., Stephanie N., Stefania D., Nokuthula T.

Before we dive into what mobile phones will be like in 2025, let’s look back on how cell phones have evolved and are continuously evolving.

The time line:

- In 1876, a famous inventor Alexander Graham Bell created the very first telephone.

- The Candle stick phone, which was existent around the 1890's to the 1930's consisted of two separate pieces. The mouth piece (which was the candle stick) and the receiver which was placed on the ear.

- The next phone invented was known as the Rotary phone. This was the phone in which you had to rotate the dials to the number you wanted.

- Push-button phones came in the 1960's which allowed users to simply push a keypad to dial numbers and complete their phone calls.

- In the 1980's portable phones were made. This meant you did not have to be physically attached to the phone base. It allows you to be able to talk on the phone anywhere in your house.

Motorola DynaTac: This was released in 1984 and was the first commercially available phone. In 1973 Martin Cooper made the first cell phone which weighed 1.75 pounds and had 30minute talk time. 

Nokia 5110: This phone had a long battery life, which brought in the popular game “Snake”. It has 47 x 84 pixel screen, and you could also replace the face plates. This was also around the time when caller id was introduced and you no longer had to memorize people’s phone numbers.

Motorola StarTac: This was the first flip phone. It was introduced in 1996 by Motorola and sold over 60 million phones. This found had also downsized in weight and weighed 3.1 ounces. This was the milestone to making smaller phones.

Sanyo SCP-5300: This was introduced in 2003, and was one of the first phones to include a camera. At this point it was evident that phones would soon replace film cameras. The phone could only store 10-15 pictures and had a built in flash that could only range 3 feet.

Palm Treo: This was a phone similar to the blackberry which had tiny keypad at the bottom. This was one of the first smart phones introduced and the introduction of the touch screen.

Motorola RAZ: In 2004 Motorola sold 130millon RAZRs, which were .54 inches thin. The fame of this phone quickly came to end due to the generation of smart phones coming in.

Blackberry: In the 2000s the blackberry was the leading smart phone manufacturer. You were able to send emails, blackberry messenger, and a physical keyboard. This was a real business phone.

Iphones and Andriods: Iphones were introduced in 2007 and brought intelligent sensors, touch screen, and a sleek design. A year later Andriod was introduced. Google bought Andriod in 2007 and reviled the new operating system. 

Mobile Phones or...

The idea of going forward in time and wondering what mobile phones will be like in 2025 is pretty hard. Coming from the knowledge that they have developed so much already, and the ways they have developed, makes it hard to imagine what can really happen in the next ten years. Enquiry of this subject has led to an article created by the head of research and development of a company called Ofcom. William Webb, states that in 2025, “Your mobile is now much more than just a communication device - more like a remote control for your life.” (Webb W., 2007) He goes on to say that in 2025 we might not be using our mobile phones for just communicating, it would be sort of like a wallet to us. We would be using it to create meal plans, extend invitations, our personal entertainment, redirecting phone calls, and maybe even use it to control everything inside our homes such as home security system or heating, when we aren't even there. Leaving home without it would seem like leaving home without your car keys because it would help us control every aspect of our lives. We would depend on it as much as we depend on an alarm clock to wake us up for work or even, dare I say, money to help us live our lives. In 2025 the thought of mobile phones being just “phones” is non-existent. William Webb defines this so greatly in his article and really paints a picture of the power of technology and how it has, and will not stop, progressing throughout our growing years. A link to the article can be found below:

So for now we may not exactly know what mobile phones may be like in 2025 but there are numerous of concepts of future phones. Along with that, there are researchers who work on some of these concepts that test them out to see their potential.

In the video below, researchers at the University of Tokyo are developing indoor projection technology that may be used for future smart phones.

"Philips Fluid"

Below is an example of a potential future phone that has the likelihood of existing:

"This phone would be an OLED that can bend into something that fits on your wrist. It’s like the EmoPulse in that way, but it is not meant to be used while on the wrist and can be laid out flat. This is certainly one of the more high-fashion designs on this list, created by Brazillian designer Dinard da Mata. We’re pretty sure you could cuff someone in the face with it, if you had to, as well"  (Benson, 2013).

While researching the future for mobile phones, we came across so many different concepts and original ideas from designers across the globe. Here is an article on ten of the most intriguing concepts that have the potential to exist ten or twenty years from now.

Please click below to read the full article "10 intriguing concept phones and smart-devices from the future."

In the video above is a movie about a lonely writer who develops a relationship with his newly purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need. This is a film basically for tells the future of how we can become one with our technology. In majority of the film, Theo (the main character) interacts with the intelligent technology from his phone.

Theo’s phone in the film "Her" is a hinged device that looks more like an art deco cigarette case than an iPhone. He uses it far less frequently than we use our smartphones today; it’s functional, but it’s not ubiquitous. As an object, it’s more like a nice wallet or watch. In terms of industrial design, it’s an artifact from a future where gadgets don’t need to scream their sophistication–a future where technology has progressed to the point that it doesn’t need to look like technology.(Vanhemert, 2014)

When it comes to our mobile devices, privacy may be a concern to question with this innovation, it seems it is not an issue considering our lives revolve around exchanging online information.

Living Life in 3D

    It is inevitable for life to ever remain at a standstill. Everyday we begin our day learning new things and experiencing the ever changing qualities life has to offer. More specifically, technology is one of those consistently changing events that take place. Once upon a time, 2015  was described as the year humans would be driving flying cars and hover boards. What was once clearly a hoax, we as humans consistently try and predict the future as much as possible. We are now imagining our future handheld devices as displaying live holograms or 3D images. According to Mark Heraghty, the video above describes it as "Giving Britain a picture of the future where barriers to innovation and change have been well and truly broken down and the way we work, rest and play has been revolutionized".

    This is an intriguing video to watch as our generation will be able to experience a new and improved way of living. Furthermore, this will mean a reliance and connection to your phone on a completely different level. Would this be a good idea? Technology obviously has its advantages and disadvantages but it could mean a major advancement in our well being and the way we consume energy; since holograms allow us to monitor it. In conclusion,  technology is everywhere and forever evolving. It has become a means of survival in this day in age and will only begin to become more dependent for our future.


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