Nokia boss: the era of smartphones is coming to an end
Years ago, Nokia was the flagship of mobile communications, long before cell phones were smartphones. With the switch to the touchscreen, others took over, and the Nokia brand is at best still a marginal phenomenon on the smartphone market. But the group is still among the best in the world when it comes to Hardware for cellular networks goes. Today’s industrial supplier is still doing a lot in our networked world.
That’s why the words of the Nokia boss carry weight: He expects that by 2030, 6G will no longer be the dominant mobile communications standard, explained Pekka Lundmark, Nokia CEO, at the economic summit in Davos (source: Futurezone). This should then also benefit smartphone users, but not only: “The smartphone as we know it today will no longer be the most common interface.”
Other devices or mobile phone applications would take center stage by then. Internet of Things (IoT) devices are currently on the rise, and their possible uses and frequency will continue to increase. Directly networked systems are also becoming increasingly important for autonomous mobility.
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Lundmark reckons that smartphones will no longer need a physical successor. Future devices would instead be “built right into our bodies.” It is not certain that this will happen. However, there are certainly efforts to develop the appropriate technology. For example, one of Elon Musk’s companies, Neuralink, is working on implanting chips in humans.
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Such sensors would, for example, the Revolutionize medicine and improve health care, since decisive body values can be monitored permanently. Current smartwatches already offer a glimpse of this. Direct computer and machine control could also be made possible without the need for additional devices to be interposed.
The smartphone will then indeed don’t go away anytime soon, believes Lundmark. But he sees the need for input devices dwindling.