Mobile phones have come a long way since the flip phones of the early nineties. Today, current mobile phones are rightly referred to as smartphones, since all of the technology that is now accessible on these devices is exponentially more sophisticated than before.
In fact, what we are really carrying around with us every day are small and very powerful computers, which are becoming more adept at processing large amounts of information with less effort. With this processing of large volumes of data comes Artificial Intelligence (AI), which is a technology that essentially allows for smartphones to be much more effective at carrying out a range of tasks by more efficiently processing data.
In this article, we’ll cover some of the ways in which AI is driving the evolution of smartphones in the market right now, and cover just some of the many exciting developments in this area.
5 AI Trends Driving Mobile Phone Evolution
1. Voice assistance
One of the most popular and well-known examples of AI is the use of voice assistants. Many different smartphone brands like Apple and Samsung have their own versions, and all of these are being constantly fine-tuned to create the most seamless user experience possible.
In fact, what is also driving the development of voice assistant technology is the way in which some manufacturers are allowing for software to be open-source, which means that developers all over the world can use this technology and customize it to suit different applications.
Overall, however, the use of voice assistance is changing the way that we use our phones and other devices. This is because every time you carry out a voice command on your phone, more data is added to the application. With access to this cumulative data and through machine learning, voice-activated AI applications then start to learn more about your behavior, which can help the device get better at anticipating it (which leads to better user experience).
2. Efficient storage of data
Another one of the most popular and well-known applications of AI in smartphones is better and more efficient data storage. This is because by using your phone every day, you’re carrying out a number of repeated activities and creating vast amounts of data. By using this data and machine learning, AI technology can then start to predict behavior, and therefore prioritize certain tasks and applications, and then prioritize storage on your phone for these too.
This makes sense if we consider the fact that smartphones, just like computers, have a limited storage capacity, especially considering the fact that we often record and share high-resolution content via social media regularly.
3. Predictive text and improved communication
Do you remember how long it used to take to type out a text message on some of the early versions of mobile phones? Perhaps you don’t, but either way, predictive text technology is a great example of how much more efficient this process has become.
In fact, this simple example gives a perfect illustration of how AI works in practice. This is because by typing similar kinds of conversations into your phone on a regular basis, through AI, your phone will start to anticipate what you are going to say next, based on your feedback.
As we mentioned in a previous point, this goes a long way to ensuring greater efficiency and more streamlined user experience. This is also evident in the increased use of chatbots, which can carry out an automated conversation with a user based on questions and data.
4. Augmented reality
While predictive text and chatbots have improved communication, AI also allows for augmented reality to start influencing the way we see the world through our smartphones. With the addition of different photo effects, as well as providing ways of better editing photos, AI can help us to make better sense of our environment, also based on various data inputs.
For example, certain places of interest could share information via augmented reality when a user hovers their camera screen over a certain point. When it comes to just finding your way around or the best route to a certain place, AI can also help make navigation and learning more about your surroundings easier, by processing all of the necessary data for you.
With access to increased amounts of data comes an understandable concern with security. However, thanks to AI technology like face and speech recognition, security can be more effective, especially when it comes to granting user access and making online payments.
For example, in the online gaming industry, AI can assist in decreasing fraud, and providing a safer and more enjoyable online environment, by being able to more effectively process and authenticate personal data.
In this instance, AI can also be used to analyze data over certain periods of time, and also be able to obtain valuable information that can help prevent any future threats, for example, by understanding and preventing hacking attempts.
In the article above, we have covered just five of the many trends in AI and smartphone development. Of course, there are many different developments that are happening right now, and much of how smartphones are going to evolve in the future remains to be seen.
However, from taking a look at just the handful of trends discussed above, it’s clear that smartphones are certainly capable of some of the things we considered only possible in science fiction many years ago, which is a very exciting prospect.