Your Next Cell Phone Won't Have Any of These

iPhone makes touchscreens the big thing, but voice, image recognition coming soon
By Michael Roston,  Newser User
Posted Nov 8, 2008 1:33 AM CST
Your next phone may not have any buttons.   (Mark Wagner/Creative Commons)
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(Newser) – Designers are hard at work on technologies for tomorrow’s cell phones, Priya Ganapati writes for Wired, with more functional touchscreens, developing voice recognition that learns, and typepad software with fewer typos. In 5 years, Ganapati writes, “your phone will be a smooth, sleek brick—a piece of metal and plastic with a few grooves in it and little more.”

But cell-phone companies are mindful of not going too far, too quickly with new designs, aware that new technologies that are too experimental could be off-putting to subscribers who have gotten comfortable with current options. “It isn't about the technology but it is about the company’s ability to use the technology in a compelling and profitable way,” one consultant says.