it’s part of the story, Nerdshala has an eye on how the world will continue to develop in 2022 and beyond.
New phones for 2022 are already debuting left and right, and it’s been barely two weeks. DuringSamsung announced , the follow-up to its popular 2020 phone Galaxy S20 FE. OnePlus teased us all with slow-motion details about , Sony finally brought the photography-focused to America.
InAfter one year where outstanding devices like , The , The And the iPhone 13 series refined the rough spots of its 2020 predecessors, often improving their cameras with more 5G support, higher refresh rate screens or new sensors, modes, and software.
OnePlus and Google had a different strategy in 2021, releasing phones that chart new directions beyond simple refinements.To revamp the photographic chops on your phone, starting with , Google launched Pixel 6 and . revealed a complete redesign with , complete with Google’s first chip ever.
Google’s last Android 13 and . Like waiting for a phone in 2022, instead of focusing on a predictable roadmap.I want to know how smart smartphones can really be in 2022. How would the device in our pocket be more helpful, powerful and discreet to use?
For guidance, I reached out to Google, OnePlus, Motorola, and Asus to get their thoughts on phones in the coming year. Three topics came up during my conversation: machine learning/AI, accessibility and niche devices.
Machine learning and AI will also do the field
Whether it runs Android or iOS, your phone uses Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve its capabilities and your experience of using it. Night mode on your phone’s camera is a great example of this. Basically when the lighting in a scene is too dark, Night Mode can be used to take a brighter photo. Your phone assembles multiple images taken at different exposures into a single photo with a brighter exposure, sharper details, and less image noise. After all that process, the AI balances the colors. Such an act happens in a matter of moments and seconds and would be nearly impossible to accomplish without AI and ML.
In 2022, AI and ML will be used in less obvious ways such as being more protective of your privacy. Charmaine D’Silva, a group product manager for Android, says that machine learning will be at the core of Android going forward. She points to the Private Compute core in Android 12 that helps Google use ML while maintaining standards of privacy and security.
“The private compute core helps us power features like, And In a way that keeps the information stored on your device private,” de Silva said. “For example, unless you tap on a Smart Reply, the OS will send your reply to your keyboard and as you type. Keeps the app hidden from both.”
Machine learning will also make the phone more intelligent by making it more powerful. Affordable phones aren’t equipped with the fastest processor or the most RAM. Machine learning will enable them to access many of the same advanced features that were traditionally only available to high-end phones that used the brute force processing power provided by expensive high-end chips. Google is using ML to deliver phones running Android (Go Edition), which often cost less than $50, the same capabilities as a full Android 12 device.
“For example the Android (Go edition) camera supports HDR imaging, and the devices can also translate on the flyNosh Minwala, director of software engineering at Android, said. “This is the result of optimizing ML libraries to work with very limited resources and is a trend that will continue in the future, making Android (Go edition) phones more intelligent.”
Artificial intelligence will also improve the health of our phone’s battery. Instead of relying on people for good charging habits or relying on the phone manufacturer to put ridiculously large batteries in the phone, AI can be used to maintain good battery health.
OnePlus product chief Oliver Zhang says the phone’s features like battery life will be designed for more focused use-case scenarios.
“With sensors and user behavior data, smartphone companies have a better understanding of users and provide customized and smart services,” Zhang said. “The AI algorithm for the charging system can adjust the most appropriate mode based on user habits for longer battery life.”
accessibility will be more widespread
According to World Health Organization More than one billion people are disabled. This is 15% of the world’s population. Currently, we see a commitment from Apple and Google to make our operating systems more accessible to people, regardless of their disabilities.
“Over the past two years we have focused on developing facilities such as: live transcribe Designed for deaf and hard of hearing people; live caption chrome And Android, enabling people to watch video and listen to audio content from across the web using AI; a new improvement talk back (Android’s screen reader) that enables blind or low vision people to navigate their phones,” said Angana Ghosh, product head for Android Accessibility.
Ghosh says work should begin in the early stages of product design to make phones and software more accessible.
And improving accessibility can come in many forms. Phones will be able to translate more accurately and automatically predict languages. The phone and software will be designed to be more inclusive, representing a diverse group of people with different languages, disabilities, genders and racial backgrounds.
We saw some of that in 2021, when Google decided to confront the bias its camera has towards people with dark complexions. For Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro,, known for their beautiful depictions of communities of color to help the engineers behind the cameras and software capture and present photos of people of darker complexion.
Niche phones with targeted appeal will flourish
In recent years, we’ve seen phone makers move away from just making devices with wide appeal. Instead, the focus is on building phones for specific users and groups. Gaming phones are aimed at gamers. Sony revamped its Xperia line to appeal to photographers, filmmakers, and creative types with high-end hardware and software that make the process of taking photos or recording videos as rich as possible. Microsoft released Surface Duo which has dual screen to enable better productivity. Samsung, Motorola and Huawei are making steady progress in the field of foldable phones and software.
There is no public appeal in any of these areas, at least not now. But instead of trying to make phones for everyone, there are all kinds of ways to give people what they want from phones. Gaming phones were one of the first niche devices. The first were built to cater to gamers and no one else.
Zhang said, ,Smartphones for gamers can optimize resource allocation based on users’ gaming habits to upgrade the comprehensive experience across all gaming standards.”
One of the more obvious examples of phones with niche appeal is the growing number of foldable phones. WhereasThe truth is, we’re still in the early days of making phones that reliably fold in half and software that takes advantage of this.
It felt like 2021 was supposed to be the year of foldables, but the pandemic and mounting pressure on the global supply chain cut it down. Feather Moto Talks Podcast I spoke to Motorola’s general manager of product, Jeff Snow, and Doug Mitchou, Motorola’s executive director of business development for North America, about the promise of a foldable phone.
“Motorola, obviously, we knew it wouldn’t sell millions and millions, but we still wanted to release the Razer device, because it goes after that specific market, which consumers really want to see very pocketable technology, Snow said.
The technology designed for foldable phones will work in our everyday devices. We already see that the first phones with gaming phones that have high…