This is not because manufacturers are not developing good products, on they whole they are, but because we have reached a point that we should all be delighted with. We have phones that makes computers of the past look like mere toys and usability that makes computers of the past look like, well, computers.The future is now for those of us who remember the past and tech is just another part of living in 2017. New phones cause some excitement, as do tablets and computers, but ultimately they are mere products that we use to get through the day. We are not quite at the point where a phone is considered as much of a commodity as a washing machine, but it will happen and at that point websites like this one become so niche as to not be noticeable.
Many talk about the lack of innovation in recent mobile products which was always bound to happen, but imagine a future where there is almost no innovation at all. A future where you walk into a store and there is a selection of phones that are all very similar in design and which vary so little in terms of features that there is almost nothing to choose. Like fridges and washing machines, they will be standard items that you need and that you do not cherish.
This is obvious of course because it happened with the television until flat screens became a thing and it will happen again. I remember my father saying that stereo systems were all the same in the 1980’s and thus his tech of the time became normal.
New products will appear and old ones will become normal before they die off, and I believe that we are closing in on the normal phase for phones. Take a look at the websites dedicated to mobile tech today and the trend is clear. How many ‘these apps have been discounted today’ articles are there every single day? How many articles offering advice on how to do very simple things and how many articles are backed by excitement from the author. An author who likely feels like he has written the same thing over and over for the past 3 years.
I am trying not to be negative, I really am, but this is why so much content on Lost In Mobile is about other things. There is only so much that can be written about mobile tech in 2017 that is truly original because there are only so many products that tick the originality box. I am left wondering what the next big thing will be and I am pleased to say that I have no idea what it could be.