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Most of us own a smartphone or even multiple smartphones and we use them daily for doing everything from checking our Twitter to looking up funny cat videos but is that coming to an end? Today smartphones are being pushed to extremes for the sole reason of making them more appealing to the public, unfortunately this is not a good thing for the smartphone. Modern features on a “flagship” smartphone nowadays are a 13MP camera, quad-core processor, and now Samsung is going to include ‘Smart Scrolling’ in their next Galaxy phone? Really? Where do I even start with these features. In case you haven’t been following and aren’t aware of what Samsung’s ‘Smart Scrolling’ feature is it is when the front facing camera tracks the user’s eye movements and lets them scroll down a page by moving their eyes a certain way. This is a prime example of how modern smartphones are being pushed to ridiculous extremes. For what reason do we as humans need the ability to scroll down a web browser page using our eyes? Are we at that point where we are too lazy to put our finger on the screen and scroll down manually? The answer is no and the reason that it is is because every smartphone that is currently on the market forces users to use their finger and they do so without any complaints. How often do you hear your friends and family complaining about how much of a struggle is is to scroll down a page on their smartphone using their finger? Lets be honest, you don’t. As for the other features I mentioned, the 13MP camera and the quad-core processor they are also completely unnecessary for today’s needs. If you looked at a photo taken by a smartphone camera using an 8MP camera and a photo taken with a phone using a 13MP camera I guarantee that you wouldn’t be able to see the difference between the two photos and if you could it wouldn’t be due to the pixel count it would be due to the sensor size. Anybody who knows a little about how cameras work would know that realistically after 8MP the human eye cannot notice the difference. Something smart that hardware manufacturers should do is something that HTC has just done with the HTC One and that is to make the Camera sensor bigger. Doing so would allow the camera to take in more light and create much more eye pleasing photos. The reason smartphone camera photos look so mediocre compared to high end cameras is because smartphone cameras are so small which means their sensors are small, make the sensor bigger and you virtually eliminate that problem. Now as for the quad-core problem it is simple, we just don’t understand how to create computers or programs that can take advantage of more than a single core yet. Including a chip with 2 cores is understandable because we slightly understand how to take advantage of using more than one core and having a second one could be slightly taken advantage of. That being said 4 cores is just ridiculous.

Now at this point you are probably asking yourself why phone manufacturers being as smart as they are create phones with such virtually useless hardware. Well I ellude to that at the beginning of the article and that is because it makes people like me and you want to buy them. What else can they do though? Phone manufacturers are reaching the point where they are running out of things to include in their new smartphones. We need something fresh and new that catches our interest as a people again and makes us say, “I need to have that”. That next big thing is ‘wearable computing’ such as Apple’s iWatch or Google’s Glass. These things are going to be released to the public and catch on and spread like wildfire. Before we know it the smartphone will be a thing of the past. This may scare a few of you out there but don’t worry, change is good and healthy. With this new ‘wearable computing’ comes a whole new bag of fresh possibilities that will change my life and your life alike.

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Nicholas Terry

Nicholas Terry

(Author) - I am currently attending college to receive my degree in Computer Science with a pipe dream to someday work at Google. I love everything about android and smartphones and always love learning more about them or anything else tech wise. I also love developing Android apps and learning new types of code in my spare time. My current devices I use are my LG Optimus G and Nexus 7, Pebble watch is still on the way.
Nicholas Terry