Say goodbye to the smartphone in five years

Artificial intelligence (AI) will soon enable interaction with objects without the need for a smartphone screen, and smartphones will become obsolete in five years. These are among the findings of Ericsson’s ConsumerLab annual trend report released on Tuesday. The report shows that as the adoption of networked technologies moves faster than ever, mass-market use becomes quicker. As a result, the time period when early adopters influence others will be shorter than before. “Some of these trends may seem futuristic. But consumer interest in new interaction paradigms such as AI and virtual reality, as well as in embedding the internet in the walls of homes or even in our bodies, is quite strong,” said Michael Björn, Head of Research, Ericsson ConsumerLab. “This means we could soon see new consumer product categories…


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