I said it, folks, I am officially bored with technology. We are living in a time where there should be no limits on what is being created yet we are seeing manufacturers barely redesigning their products with actual new features. What we need is for a company to decide to do the unexpected and show us something that we could not have imagined in our wildest dreams.
When we look back in history, we saw phones go from flip phones with very basic functionality, to phones from BlackBerry and Palm that offered a semi-smart device that had its own internet connection, to modern smartphones that can do just about everything possible. Instead of spending too much time talking about ancient technology evolving into what it is today, I’d rather focus on the beginning of the modern cell phone. This first “modern” phone was, of course, the very first Apple iPhone. While all of the functionality and features that are in phones now were not seen in the original iPhone, the basic idea of a full front touch screen with separate clickable applications was born.
While you can have fan wars about who added what feature or what company made this hardware advancement, it is obvious that each improvement helped the entire smartphone ecosystem evolve. That is until today. Today we have several large players in the market that have made their own flagship devices, each offering a unique design (not going into the Samsung/Apple debate). In the past year, we have seen a major slowdown in innovation just from the new products that are being introduced. The iPhone 5S had a fingerprint sensor (something seen on laptops 5 years ago), the Samsung Galaxy S5 got a new back redesign and a heart rate monitor (which is just adding old technology to new technology), and the HTC One M8 had a slightly modified Android skin and lightly redesigned casing. Nothing new or different.
We are seeing companies like OnePlus that ask the world to “Never Settle” and then promise a phone that will revolutionize the world yet when they introduced their “One” phone, it was nothing more than an equally specced device with a cheap price tag on it. Where is the innovation? Who is going to step up and actually change the way we look at devices? Apple used to be the company that we watched to see where the world was going but I feel they are in the same situation as every other company right now and are just trying to perfect what has already been created.
I have talked to the entire AndroidMeter team multiple times about this opinion of mine and they all agree with me. When I ask them what could be the next major platform or next major feature, no one has an answer. This is the issue that all of these companies are facing now. The only one of us who had any thoughts was Nick Terry. The next step in his mind is some form of brain-controlled device that would take orders directly from your brain. We have seen this idea in sci-fi books and movies ever since people started dreaming about the future. While this would an amazing step forward, it is also still a rather far out dream. This is exactly the issue we are at right now. We have dreams of a day that is still years away. We need a technology that we can invent now and use now.
So what can you and I do as journalists, developers, and consumers? We need to ask companies for more. While there will always be times where we are at a stand-still in innovation and ideas, we need to always continue thinking about what’s next. We need to companies to know that we aren’t going to just sit here and wait for them to introduce the same thing time and time again. We need change and we need it now.